Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal has announced that he is pulling out of the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 set to take place in the UAE and Oman. He stated that he decided to do so in order to give fair opportunities to other openers, who are going well.
Iqbal has confirmed his decision to the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s President Nazmul Hassan, and chief selector Minhajul Abedin that he has made himself unavailable for the T20 World Cup 2021. He broke the news on his Facebook account.
Iqbal said: “A little while ago I called our board president and chief selector. I want to share the same with you. I told them that I don’t think I should be in the World Cup team. There are a few reasons why I am not available for the tournament. Game time is the biggest reason. I haven’t been playing this format for a long time.”
Iqbal also clarified that he has not made the decision owing to his long-standing knee injury as it will not come his way if he would play in the tournament. “I don’t think my knee injury is a concern because I was going to recover before the World Cup.
“The main reason that clicked with me when taking this decision was, I don’t think it would be fair on those players who have played in the last 15-16 T20Is that I haven’t played. I was probably going to be in the World Cup team, but I believe it wouldn’t have been fair on those players.”
The Bangladesh ODI captain suffered a backlash due to his decision as he lost out on his central contract after he ruled himself out of the T20 World Cup 2021.
Tamim Iqbal has represented Bangladesh in 78 T20Is, scoring 1758 runs with one century and seven half-centuries. He last played a T20I against Zimbabwe in March 2020 in Dhaka. He has played 219 ODIs and 64 Tests for the team, aggregating 7666 runs, and 4788 runs in them, respectively.