Bangladesh ODI captain Tamim Iqbal has announced his retirement from T20 International cricket after the conclusion of a victorious ODI series against the West Indies. Iqbal led Bangladesh to a clinical ODI series victory at the home turf of West Indies and whitewashed the hosts by 3-0, backed by an eccentric all-round performance.
Tamim Iqbal took to Facebook and announced his decision by posting a status on his official account. In his statement, Iqbal wrote that “Please consider me retired from T-20 Internationals today. Thank you, everyone.”
Tamim Iqbal had distanced himself from the T20I format since January 2022. He wasn’t a part of the national T-20 side for a brief period. Though he had announced a six-month break on January 27, he had played a couple of domestic T-20 tournaments. He finally rested all the speculations by retiring from the shortest format of the game.
Tamim Iqbal has been a valuable part of Bangladesh’s T-20 side, right through the inception of the format in 2007. He has made an immense contribution in the T20I format as the frontline batsman for the side. Iqbal exploited the power play conditions and scored terrifyingly by smashing long-range hits over the park.
Tamim had stated that he would clear his stance on T20 international cricket after the completion of his six-month deadline. As expected, Iqbal has retired shifting his focus on ODI and Test format. Iqbal is performing stupendously in the ODI format and leading his team to multiple series victory.
In a total of 78 T-20 International played in his career, Iqbal has scored 1758 runs with an average of 24.08 and a strike rate of 117.2. Overall, the veteran Bangladesh batsman has scored a solitary century and seven half-centuries in his decorated career.
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