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Bangladesh Opener Tamim Iqbal withdraw opts out of T20 World Cup

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Bangladesh Opener Tamim Iqbal withdraw opts out of T20 World Cup

Bangladesh batsman Tamim Iqbal has seen excluded from the T20 World Cup in UAE later this year.

Tamim in a Facebook video message, he said that he did not want to take place of openers who have been playing in the format in his absence in the last 15-16 T20Is.

Tamim has withdrawn from this year’s T20 World Cup. Tamim injured his knee during the April-May tour of Sri Lanka, but head coach Minhajul Abedin was optimistic the Bangladesh captain for a day would regain his fitness ahead of the World Cup.

“A little while ago, I called our board president Papon bhai (Nazmul Hasan) and chief selector Nanno bhai (Minhajul Abedin). I want to share the same with you. I told them that I don’t think I should be in the World Cup team and will not be available for the same. There are a few reasons why I am not available for the tournament. Game time is the biggest reason. I haven’t been playing this format for a long time. I don’t think my knee injury is a concern because I was going to recover before the World Cup,” said Iqbal.

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“The main reason that clicked with me when taking this decision was: I don’t think it would be fair on those players who have played in the last 15-16 T20Is that I haven’t played. I was probably going to be in the World Cup team, but I believe it wouldn’t have been fair on those players. I have conveyed my message to both board president and the selector,” added Iqbal.

“I would ask the media not to call and not message me on Whatsapp. I have taken this decision and will stick to it. I have given you all the reasons. I am hopeful that you will respect my privacy and the decision. There’s no controversy.

“This is what I felt. Those who are close to me know that whatever I do, I do it from the heart. My heart told me this was the right decision. I think it is the best for the team. I will try to keep myself busy with any format during this time,” concluded Iqbal.

Tamim’s selection to the World Cup squad was seen as a fitness issue and the 32-year-old has said he’s not giving up on the 20-over format.

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