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Tamim to skip World T20

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  • 2 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Tamim to skip World T20

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Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal has decided not to take part in the ICC World T20 scheduled to begin in the UAE and Oman in October this year.

The 32-year-old cricketer informed that he has taken the decision to give a fair chance to other openers in the squad.

Earlier, Tamim opted to take a long lay-off after Bangladesh’s ODI series in Zimbabwe in July to get completely recovered from his knee injury.

“I don’t think it will be fair if I suddenly come back and play in their positions. The main trick that helped me take the decision was mine not playing in the last 15 to 16 T20 matches,” the southpaw said in a video message on his official Facebook page.

“There were two to three reasons and the big reason was the game time. I didn’t play in the format for a good

number of days and secondly, the injury. But I don’t feel that injury would be a problem as I believe I would have overcome it before the World Cup,” he added.

Tamim, also ODI skipper of Bangladesh, played a T20I back in March 2020 and since the match against Zimbabwe, he skipped four consecutive T20I series for Bangladesh, including the ongoing five-match T20I series against New Zealand.

Tamim also informed that he hasn’t decided about his T20I retirement yet as he wanted to serve his country in this format in future again.

“I clear the matter that I’m not retiring. It’s just I’m not taking part in the World Cup….If I get a chance to play in this format in future, I’ll definitely play,” he said.

Bangladesh are scheduled to face Scotland in their opening Group B qualifying round match of the global showpiece event at Oman Cricket Academy ground in Muscat on October 17.

The Tigers will take on Oman on October 19 while they will face Papua New Guinea in their last qualifying round match at the same venue.

Two top teams from the group along with Group A champion and runner-up teams will progress to the main event scheduled to start on October 23 in Abu Dhabi.