BAN vs AFG 2023: Bangladesh Skipper Tamim Iqbal announces retirement ahead of World Cup 2023
BAN vs AFG 2023: Bangladesh Skipper Tamim Iqbal

BAN vs AFG 2023: Bangladesh Skipper Tamim Iqbal announced his retirement from international cricket on Thursday, July 6, 2023, ahead of the World Cup 2023. Iqbal’s retirement is a massive blow for Bangladesh as there are three months left of the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023 in India.

Tamim made his international debut for Bangladesh in 2007, and he has played around 220 ODIs for his team, scoring 8313 runs at an average of 41.52. He also scored 14 centuries and 56 half-centuries in ODIs.

Tamim’s decision was based on many reasons, including a lack of motivation, injuries, and family commitments. He also said that he had been considering retiring from International Cricket for a long time, and this decision was not sudden.

Tamim’s retirement will be a huge setback for Bangladesh cricket. He was one of the team’s most experienced and consistent batsmen, and his absence will be felt. However, Bangladesh has talented young batsmen, and they will take Tamim’s position.

Tamim Iqbal was one of Bangladesh’s most consistent and best batsmen, and he helped his team achieve new heights in International Cricket. He was a vital player of the Bangladesh team when they reached the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 quarter-finals, and Tamim played wonderfully in Bangladesh’s first win against New Zealand in the Test in 2019.

Tamim Iqbal Career Stats:

  • ODIs: 220 matches, 8313 runs, 14 centuries, 56 half-centuries, average of 41.52
  • Tests: 50 matches, 2405 runs, six centuries, 13 half-centuries, average of 38.60
  • T20Is: 78 matches, 1726 runs, four centuries, 18 half-centuries, average of 28.39

Teammates and BCB reactions on Tamim’s Retirement:

Shakib Al Hasan on Tamim’s retirement, “Tamim Iqbal is a legend of Bangladesh cricket. He has been a great servant of the team, and I wish him all the best in his retirement.”

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB): “We are sad to see Tamim go. He is a great player and a great ambassador for Bangladesh cricket. We wish him all the best in his retirement.”

Mushfiqur Rahim: “Tamim is a great friend and teammate. I am sad to see him go, but I understand his decision. I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

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