Tamim Iqbal steps down as ODI captain of Bangladesh

Tamim Iqbal announces his retirement from international cricket in July after the defeat of Bangladesh against Afghanistan in the first match ODIs series. It was believed in media and public that Tamim Iqbal did so because of BCB president Nazmul Hassan’s public criticism of Tamim. Tamim played a match against Afghanistan despite admitting he was not 100% fit. Tamim took a break to undergo injury rehab for six weeks. He did not play the remaining two ODIs against Afghanistan.

Jalal Yunus (BCB’s operation Cricket chief) told reporters that Tamim’s lower disc injury had not fully healed. Tamim is not fully fit and doctor has advised him to not to play in the Asia Cup, but Tamim will be available for the New Zealand series and the World Cup. BCB will name a new ODI captain in due course. After the Asia Cup, there is a series of 3 ODIs is scheduled in Bangladesh against New Zealand in late September.

Tamim’s condition is getting better, he is being treated in the UK. On 28th July He was advised by doctors to take two weeks complete rest, and then two more weeks to rehab with little activity. Tamim will not be able to do high-intensity training before 21st August, and the team’s schedule for the Asia Cup will resume on August 26th.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is confident that Tamim will return before the New Zealand series as a player. The board has not talked to any other player regarding captaincy. The board might seek a candidate for the long-term role, with Shakib Al Hasan being preferred for the long-term role. Tamim will likely not go for surgery as it would be difficult to make a return following a surgery. BCB is still investigating the situation regarding Tamim’s injury diagnosis in the L4 and L5 discs.

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Batting Career Summary

Batting Career Summary of Tamim Iqbal

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Bowling Career Summary of Tamim Iqbal

Why did Tamim Iqbal Retire?

Tamim Iqbal took retirement after he was criticised publicly by BCB president Nazmul Hassan, after Bangladesh lost a match against Afghanistan due to Tamim’s unprofessional and ignorant behaviour. As of now Tamim Iqbal and BCB officials are citing back injury as the reason of retirement and his recent stepdown as captain. 

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