Tamim Iqbal withdraws from the T20 World Cup 2021

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal has withdrawn from the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman starting on October 17. ”As I did not play in the last 15 to 20 T20 matches, and whoever replaced me, I don’t think it would be fair on them if I take their place,” the southpaw said through a video message on Facebook.

However, Tamim noted that he isn’t retiring from the format. Tamim suffered a knee injury during the Test series against Sri Lanka in April. He subsequently missed the T20I series versus Zimbabwe and the home series against Australia. He is also not a part of the Bangladesh squad for the five-match T20I rubber versus New Zealand.

“I just called board president Papon Bhai (Nazmul Hasan) and chief selector Nanno Bhai (Minhajul Abedin) a few minutes back and said that I don’t think I should be playing in the World Cup and I am not available for it. I have taken that decision and I will stick to it. I am not retiring. It is just that I am not available for this World Cup

”I think game-plan is one of the biggest reasons, because I have not played this format for a long time and second… (knee) injury, but I don’t think that is a big problem because I feel I will be okay before the World Cup,” he added.