2023 World Cup Bangladesh without Tamim Iqbal !

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Tamim became the full ODI captain of Bangladesh in January 2021 in the series against the West Indies. (2019) When someone is made captain two years after a World Cup, naturally the next World Cup is in mind. It means that Tamim was made the captain by planning the 2023 ODI World Cup. But two years after becoming the captain, what happened just before the start of the World Cup? Bangladesh’s highest run-scorer in ODI and the second best experienced player in the number of matches is Tamim’s place in Bangladesh’s World Cup team!

But what was supposed to happen? Leaving everything aside, let’s go back to the events of those few days last July. Tamim Iqbal suddenly announced his retirement from international cricket during the Afghanistan series. He said, after thinking for a long time and talking to the family, he took the decision. But Bangladesh was shaken by Tamim’s decision. In the end, after the intervention of the Prime Minister of the country, Tamim announced his retirement to return to international cricket. Then Tamim took a month and a half leave due to injury and other reasons. The BCB president was then asked whether Tamim will return as a captain in the Asia Cup or not? The BCB president said, ‘Insha Allah.’ But from the beginning of August the scenario started to change. BCB President said that Tamim will not be the captain in ODIs. Tamim himself said this. And do not play in the Asia Cup as recovery from injury is not guaranteed. Bangladesh played in the Asia Cup under the captaincy of Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim returned to practice in between. Of course the World Cup starting on October 5 was on the agenda.

But the situation suddenly changed from last night. Earlier, in the press conference after the second ODI in the ongoing series against New Zealand, Tamim Iqbal said that he is still not fully fit. Don’t play in the last ODI to avoid risk. It was then learned that Tamim is not fully fit, asking the selectors to take this into consideration during the selection of the World Cup team. According to BCB sources, Tamim told the selectors that if he is included in the World Cup team, then he has to accept it. He said that if he is in the team, he will try to play with his maximum, and he seriously brought forward the problem of the back. Then the situation started to change.

It is known that Tamim’s words before the announcement of the World Cup team made the selection committee and team management uncomfortable. And captain Shakib Al Hasan was very upset knowing Tamim’s stance on the World Cup game. In a meeting at BCB president Nazmul Hasan’s residence late last night, Shakib and coach Chandika Hathurusinghe told the board president that they do not want any ‘unfit’ or ‘half-fit’ cricketer in the team for a big event like the World Cup. Even if he is someone as experienced as Tamim Iqbal. Shakib has also said that he will not captain the World Cup if someone is unfit in the team. It is better to say here that until last night there was a discussion about Mahmudullah. Will he get a place in the World Cup team? But everything changed in a span of one night.

After that, there are rumors about the possible World Cup team all day today. Around 8:30 PM, the BCB World Cup team announced that Bangladesh will go to the World Cup without Tamim. Chief selector Minhajul Abedin argued that Tamim Iqbal has been injured for a long time. The World Cup is a matter of many days. There are many matches. The medical department gave us the information. Everyone has updates. Then decide… there are some injuries you can’t risk. Team management will be in trouble.

Tamim’s injury is not new. That was even before he announced his retirement last July. Yet he was brought back from retirement. But Bangladesh will miss him as he is no longer needed? Nazmul Hossain, who got the captaincy, said that after the loss in the third and last match against New Zealand today, ‘The team has done well. I played with Tamim Bhai. Learned a lot. Bangladesh has given a lot to the team. Of course I will miss a lot.

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