ODI captain Tamim withdraws his decision to retire after 24 hours on the request of Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina

A day after announcing his retirement from international cricket, Tamim Iqbal has announced his return to the national team after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina convinced him.

The 34-year-old Tamim, who is leading the team in the three-match ODI series against Afghanistan, announced his retirement on Wednesday after Bangladesh lost the first match here. According to ‘Cricbuzz’, Tamim said, “This afternoon the Prime Minister invited me to his house. He explained to me and asked me to play again, so I have decided to come out of retirement at this point of time. ,

difficult to say no to prime minister

He said, “I can say ‘no’ to everyone but it was impossible for me to say ‘no’ to the Prime Minister. Bangladesh Cricket Board President Papon (Nazmul Hasan) bhai, Mashrafe (Murtaza) bhai were also important factors. Mashrafe Bhai called me here and Papon Bhai was also here with me. Tamim said, “The Prime Minister has given me one and a half months for my treatment. After I am mentally free, I will play the rest of the matches. ,

Iqbal scored 5,134 runs in 70 Tests in his 16-year cricket career, including 10 centuries and one double century.

His ability as a top-order batsman in ODI cricket has been impressive, with him scoring 8,313 runs in 241 matches, including 14 centuries, which is also the most by a player for Bangladesh. He is also the third highest run scorer among current cricketers, behind Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

Iqbal made his international debut in 2007 and scored 15,000 runs in international cricket, including 25 centuries and 94 half-centuries. Iqbal retired from T20 international cricket last year and played his last Test against Ireland in April.

Board president Najmul said, “I think he took the decision out of emotion. His decision to come out of retirement is certainly a big relief. How can we play if we don’t have a captain? ,(Language)

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