Tamim Iqbal says goodbye to international cricket Tamim Iqbal
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Tamim Iqbal says goodbye to international cricket

Bangladesh Live News | @banglalivenews | 07 Jul 2023, 03:20 am

Dhaka, July 7: Tamim Iqbal has announced his retirement from international cricket. The Tiger ODI captain announced his retirement by calling a press conference at Hotel Tower Inn in Chittagong on Thursday.

Tamim sent a short midnight message to journalists who had traveled to Chittagong to cover the series after losing the first ODI to the Afghans in a rain-hit match on Wednesday. Where he said, today at 12 noon, he would inform about some issues by holding a press conference.

The venue of the press conference was crowded with cricket lovers outside Hotel Tower Inn in Chittagong. Tamim appeared on time. However, Tamim, who was in a state of confusion, was unable to speak. Couldn't speak properly for crying. In the meantime, he said in a choked voice that he has decided to retire from international cricket.

Tamim said, "Yesterday's match against Afghanistan was the last match of my career. From this moment I bid farewell to international cricket. The decision is not to be taken hastily. I have been thinking about this for a long time. I have also spoken to the family."

Tamim thanked teammates, coaches, BCB, family and supporters for a long career of 16 years in international cricket, "All my teammates, all coaches, BCB officials, my family and those who have been by my side, have supported me, trusted and Thank you to all my fans-supporters, followers of Bangladesh cricket. With the contribution and love of all of you, I have always tried to give my all for the country."

ODI captain Tamim Iqbal was suffering from a back injury for a month. Because of this, the Tiger opener could not even play the last Test match against Afghanistan. After that there was concern about playing in the ODI series as well. Tamim could not become 100% fit despite regular practice. However, in the press conference before the first ODI against the Afghans, Tamim said that he will play the first ODI even if he is not 100 percent fit. Finally played.

Board President Nazmul Hasan Papon was somewhat angry with Tamim's decision. He was saying to a daily of the country, "This is no longer a local match, but an international match. On the eve of such a series, the captain says that he is not fit. But will play. Try to understand your fitness by playing. This is not professional behaviour."