Bangladesh One Day International (ODI) Cricket National Team captain and opening star batsman Tamim Iqbal, 33, has announced his retirement from T20 Internationals (T20I) cricket.
Iqbal made his retirement announcement shortly after the conclusion of the ODI series against the West Indies National Cricket Team. Tamim Iqbal led Bangladesh to a 3-0 series victory over Nicholas Pooran and Co. in Guyana.
The star opener also won the Player of the Series Award for his brilliant performances throughout the three-match ODI series against the West Indies National Cricket Team.
After the match, at around 6 pm local time, he took to Facebook to share a short message in Bangla saying:
“Please consider me retired from T20 internationals from today. Thanks everyone.”
The star Bangladesh opener Iqbal took a six-month break from T20Is on January 27. However, he played a domestic T20 tournament during this period. He had said that his focus will be on Tests and ODIs and he would not be thinking about the shortest format of the game.
My full focus will be on Tests and ODIs. We are preparing for the World Test Championship and qualification for the 2023 World Cup. I will not be thinking about T20Is in the next six months. I hope that those playing will do so well, that the team won’t need me in T20Is. But if God forbid the team or cricket board needs me, and I am ready, I will possibly think about it,” Tamim said on January 27 this year.
Tamim Iqbal played 78 T20 Internationals in his career, scoring 1758 runs at an average of 24.08 and a strike rate of 117.2. He remains the only centurion from Bangladesh in the T20I format and finished as the third most runs in this format.