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Tamim Iqbal hints at his return to ODI World Cup Squad, Says “On right track”

With less than two months before the beginning of World Cup 2023 in India, the Bangladeshi cricketer Tamim Iqbal hinted on his return to the squad who was rested due to injury.

Tamim Iqbal hints at his return to ODI World Cup Squad

The skipper Tamim Iqbal is in the rehabilitation process and informed that his recovery process is going well and he is on the right track.

Many incidents happened with Tamim from his retirement announcement on July 6, following his reversed decision to retire due to the intervention of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, stepping down from captaincy, and his injury.

Tamim is rested for the Asia Cup and decided to complete his rehab program and get back to full fitness before the three-match ODI series against New Zealand and the upcoming World Cup. With his recovery process, he’s expected that he’ll be available for net practice from September 7.

“I think from 7th (September) I can take part in a full net session and there will be no restrictions like I cannot do this or that like you have seen I was facing only throw downs on the opening two days and from now onwards I can use a stick for throw downs.”

“The way it had been planned, every day there is a tick mark there wasn’t a day when we could not do something for any reason apart from one day when I had some pain but that was in my calf.

“It’s important (the five matches before the World Cup – three ODIs against New Zealand and two practice games) but for me what is important is to have proper 10 days of net sessions this is what I feel.”

Bangladesh Cricket Team (image: BCB)

“Because I have played for so long I don’t think a match could be a big problem for me. Normally if I can do 10 net sessions properly before the first game I should be okay. It is very good that we are getting five matches and let’s say if I play three to four games before the main event (World Cup) that is positive” he said.

While asked about stepping down from captaincy, “It can happen,” he admitted. “I don’t think all the responsibility lies with me (to deal with it). We have hired so many professionals and we spend so much money and with such a big cricket board it cannot be that I have all the responsibility (to make things ok).

“I would be lying if I said everything was fine. The major thing that came to my mind is that I can be angry with someone or an individual can be upset with me and it can happen but I cannot deny that today the position that I am having is because of cricket.

Things were not hundred percent perfect and if I hold on to that position and like what I was saying if someone is upset with me or I am upset with someone and when you are going to such an important tournament and you cannot communicate well or there is some sort of uneasiness eventually it will have an impact on the team and I don’t want to be that selfish person, that is the only reason I left the captaincy,” he said.

“I have not blamed any individual for what has happened and I always blamed myself. Internally what has been discussed or not should remain internal. Unfortunately in Bangladesh, a lot of things come out in the media.”

“Injury is not the main reason to step down but it was part of it and I definitely thought about a lot of things to step down because I felt whoever is leading, the management, and everyone has to be on one floor. Whether we win or lose it doesn’t matter but if we are all on the same level it is better for the team always,” he said.

Bangladesh is set to have their first match against Afghanistan in the World Cup 2023 on October 7 at HPCA stadium.

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