Tamim Iqbal To Decide His Future In International Cricket After January 2024: Reports
Tamim Iqbal (Credits: Twitter)

Former Bangladesh skipper Tamim Iqbal has decided to wait till end of January next year to decide on his future in international cricket. Tamim was not a part of the team’s World Cup squad. He is also not a part of the Test squad against New Zealand.

While speaking at a press conference on Monday, Tamim Iqbal said that he has finally decided to take a call on his future with the Bangladesh National cricket team. He further said that he was out of the country for some time and hence could not meet the board officials.

“After the World Cup, I felt that there should be a decision about my international future. Throughout my career, I have always kept myself away from indecision. I have always been very open and clear about whatever decision I have taken in my life. I was not in the country for quite some time, so this meeting [with BCB president Nazmul Hassan] was due,” Iqbal said as quoted by ESPN Cricinfo.

He apologised for staging the press conference ahead of Bangladesh’s first Test against New Zealand in Sylhet and hoped that it will not affect his team members who will be a part of the first Test.

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“We held the meeting today because we had to postpone it yesterday too. Today is actually not a great day to do all this. The Test match [against New Zealand] starts tomorrow. Since we had to do the meeting today, a statement afterwards was always forthcoming, so I apologise that I am doing this the day before the game. It is important for me and the Bangladesh team that there’s no impact of this in the game,” he added.

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Dont Want To Keep Things Hanging: Tamim Iqbal

Tamim will return back to playing competitive cricket in the upcoming BPL season as per reports. He said that he will meet the apex board members at the end of the BPL season and decide on his cricketing future.

“I don’t want to keep things hanging for a few more months. I don’t want to stretch it unnecessarily. After discussing a lot of things with the president and the board, I want to respect their decision and wait till January. I could have told you my plan today, but let me play in the BPL, and then we will have another discussion for sure,” He added.

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Tamim Iqbal played his last ODI and Test match for Bangladesh earlier this year while he played his last T20I for the Tigers in March 2020. With over 15000 international runs, Tamim is Bangladesh’s leading run-getter in international cricket.

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