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Tamim Iqbal Announced Retirement From T20Is

Tamim Iqbal Announced Retirement From T20Is
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Tamim Iqbal has retired from T20Is after leading the ODI side to a 3-0 series win over West Indies in Guyana. The country, Bangladesh, won the match by four wickets, with Mr. Tamim winning the player-of-the-series award. Then, he posted on his official Facebook page, “Consider me retired from T20 internationals from today. Bye, Bye, everyone!” It ends with speculations over the last several days about his decision to continue playing the format from which he had taken a leave in January 2022. He said that he would take an exit of six months from T20Is. The article contains Tamim Iqbal Announced Retirement From T20Is.

“My full concentration will be on Tests and ODIs,” Tamim said on January 27, 2022. He added, “We are preparing for the World Test Championship and the 2023 World Cup qualification. So I will not be thinking about T20Is in the next six months. I hope those players will do so well that the team won’t need me in T20Is. However, I am always ready if the team or cricket board needs me.”

Mr. Tamim had kept himself away from this format since the middle of 2021 when he decided to voluntarily pull out of contention from the T20 World Cup in the UAE. He stepped away to give Soumya Sarkar and Mohammad Naim an extended run as openers, though both failed and were dropped from the T20I side. Apart from this, he last played a T20I in March 2020 when he made 41 off 33 balls against Zimbabwe. He was criticized in some quarters in the T20I series before that, in Pakistan, when he made 65 off 53 balls.

Instead, Mr. Tamim is leading Bangladesh to five consecutive ODI series wins, including the one against West Indies that concluded on July 16, 2022. He was a regular in the Bangladesh T20I side from 2007 to 2018, having played 75 out of 84 possible games. He remains the only batter with a century for Bangladesh, finishing as the third highest run-scorer with 1701 runs at a 24.65 average. This athlete has the potential to play in domestic T20 competitions. He is the all-time leading run-scorer in the BPL, having played in every tournament season.

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