Ahead of World Cup 2023 Tamim Iqbal Steps Down as Captain of the Bangladesh ODI Team

Tamim Iqbal

Bangladesh’s star cricketer, Tamim Iqbal, has taken the tough decision to step down as the captain of the Bangladesh ODI team. This move comes in the wake of a back injury that has unfortunately ruled him out of the much-anticipated Asia Cup 2023. The 34-year-old left-handed opener recently made headlines when he announced his retirement from ODIs, but later reversed that decision following a meeting with Bangladesh Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina.

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Addressing the press alongside Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan, Tamim revealed his decision to step down as captain and focus on his role as a player. He expressed his determination to give his best whenever the opportunity arises. The decision to relinquish the captaincy was made to ensure that he can manage his workload effectively, especially with the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup on the horizon.

“I will step down as captain and concentrate as a player and try to give my best whenever the opportunity comes,” Tamim stated firmly.

His decision to retire from international cricket had sent shockwaves through the cricketing community during the home ODI series against Afghanistan. However, a day after his retirement announcement, he received a significant intervention that led to a change of heart. Bangladesh’s Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, personally invited him to her residence for a meeting, during which they had a long discussion.

“After meeting with the honourable Prime Minister, she instructed me to return to cricket. I am withdrawing my retirement. I can say no to anyone, but it is impossible to say no to the most important person in the country,” Tamim revealed, expressing the deep impact of the Prime Minister’s words.

With Tamim stepping down as captain, Bangladesh Cricket Board will now seek to appoint a new leader for the ODI team. Meanwhile, the nation hopes that their star batsman will recover swiftly from the back injury and be ready to showcase his prowess during the upcoming home ODIs against New Zealand.

Tamim Iqbal has been an instrumental figure in Bangladesh cricket, and his contributions have earned him admiration both at home and abroad. His focus on continuing as a player signals his determination to keep contributing to the team’s success in the coming matches and tournaments.

As Bangladesh’s cricket fans look forward to seeing Tamim’s return to the field, they also eagerly anticipate the announcement of the new ODI captain who will lead the team on the journey towards the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.