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Bangladesh Opener Tamim Iqbal withdraw opts out of T20 World Cup



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Tamim has withdrawn from this year’s T20 World Cup.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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