Tamim Iqbal Steps Down As Bangladesh's ODI Captain, Pulls Out Of Asia Cup
Tamim Iqbal, a left-handed batter, has made the decision to step down from his role as the captain of the Bangladesh ODI team. This decision comes as a result of a determined back injury, which has unfortunately turned him unable to participate in the upcoming Asia Cup.
The upcoming continental ODI tournament is scheduled to take place in Pakistan and Sri Lanka from August 31 to September 2.
The individual, aged 34, previously announced his unexpected retirement from ODIs during the home series against Afghanistan. However, he later reversed his decision. He will now be aiming to use the upcoming series against New Zealand as an opportunity to regain his position for the World Cup in India.
"I hereby announce my decision to resign from the position of captain and redirect my focus towards my role as a player. I am committed to giving my utmost effort whenever the opportunity arises," Tamim stated during a press conference held on Thursday.
I am of the opinion that injury is a significant concern. I received an injection on July 28th, but its effectiveness seems inconsistent. I have informed the board regarding the issue. I have consistently prioritised the team above all other considerations. Considering the aforementioned factors, it is evident that resigning from the position is the most optimal course of action.
Tamim had previously rescinded his retirement decision following an intervention from the esteemed Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina. However, he has now conveyed to her that he intends to retire this time.
Tamim stated that he has had a conversation with the prime minister, during which she demonstrated comprehension of the matter at hand.
Tamim engaged in discussions with the president of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), Nazmul Hassan, and the chairman of cricket operations, Jalal Yunus, at the residence of Mr. Hassan, in relation to his decision.
Tamim is currently experiencing an injury in the L4 and L5 vertebrae, which are the two lowest vertebrae in the lumbar spine. As part of his treatment, he has received two injections aimed at alleviating the associated pain. He will be eligible to resume training by the conclusion of the current month.