Veteran Bangladesh batter Tamim Iqbal has informed the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) that he isn’t completely fit for the upcoming 2023 ICC ODI World Cup, as per reports. Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan seems to have objected to Tamim Iqbal’s inclusion if the latter is not completely fit.
According to a report in Somoy TV, Tamim Iqbal has informed the BCB that will not play more than five matches in the World Cup. This has not gone down well with skipper Shakib Al Hasan, who responded that he won’t be part of the mega-event if the board agrees to Tamim Iqbal’s demand.
Saif Ahmed, social media manager of Bangla Tigers and Rangpur Riders tweeted that Shakib had a meeting with the BCB President last night. He wrote,
“According to their report, Tamim Iqbal informed BCB that if they take him to the World Cup, they have to consider the fact that he is not fully fit. Tamim also informed that he won’t be able to play more than 5 matches in this World Cup.”
“After hearing this, ODI captain Shakib Al Hasan said he can’t accept that and even said he himself will not play the World Cup if Tamim goes to the World Cup and play only 5 games. He wants other player to play instead,” he added.
🚨 THE FULL STORY:
As both Shakib Al Hasan & Tamim Iqbal are at BCB's resident right now and having a meeting with BCB President, it is quite clear now that what Somoy TV reported this evening, most of the part was quite true.
According to their report, Tamim Iqbal informed… pic.twitter.com/x4374e5KWM
— Saif Ahmed 🇧🇩 (@saifahmed75) September 25, 2023
Tamim Iqbal’s rollercoaster journey in the last few months
In July this year, Tamim Iqbal announced his retirement from International cricket in the middle of an ODI series against Afghanistan. However, he withdrew the decision a day later after a conversation with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The veteran batter has been struggling with recurring back injuries.
Tamim missed the 2023 Asia Cup which took place earlier this month. He also stepped down as Bangladesh ODI captain due to injuries. He made a comeback to the team recently in the ongoing series against New Zealand. The seasoned batter expressed that he felt good to be on the field again, despite being in pain.
“It felt good to be on the field again. It was a nice feeling to field for 50 overs and bat for 20 overs. But there’s still lots of discomfort in my back. I’m working with our physio on it but the reality is, there’s still pain,” said Tamim.