Tamim Iqbal Retirement: Bangladesh ODI Captain Tamim Iqbal Announced T20I Retirement

Tamim Iqbal
Tamim Iqbal

Tamim Iqbal Retirement: Bangladesh ODI captain Tamim Iqbal has announced his retirement from T20Is – post Bangladesh’s defeat against West Indies in the three-match ODI series.

Tamim Iqbal Announced Retirement

The left-handed batter made the announcement on his official Facebook account. Tamim posted the message in Bangla, and it reads: “consider me retired from T20 internationals from today. Thanks everyone.”

In January, Tamim had taken a six-month break from the shortest format but he did feature in a domestic tournament during that period.

“My full focus will be on Tests and ODIs,” Tamim said on January 27 this year. “We are preparing for the World Test Championship and qualification for the 2023 World Cup. I will not be thinking about T20Is in the next six months.

I hope that those playing will do so well, that the team won’t need me in T20Is. But if God forbid the team or cricket board needs me, and I am ready, I will possibly think about it.”

Tamim had not T20Is for Bangladesh since the middle of last year and hence there was speculation about his future in the format. He played a T20I in March 2020 and in that game, he scored 41 off 33 balls against Zimbabwe.

Notably, Tamim is the only batter for Bangladesh to have registered a T20I century and he finished his T20I career as the third highest run-scorer for Bangladesh in the format at an average of 24.65. Tamim has also scored 5082 runs in Tests and 7943 runs in ODI formats respectively.

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