Athletic

Want Tamim to continue playing T20Is: Jalal Yunus

Jalal Yunus, the chair of the cricket operations department of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), said they want Tamim Iqbal to continue playing for Bangladesh in T20Is.

Earlier, Nazmul Hasan, the president of BCB, had said the left-handed opener is not interested anymore to take part in T20Is for Bangladesh. However, Tamim himself did not say anything about it in the media.

“We had a long meeting with Tamim yesterday (Monday). And a meeting today along with the board president. Tamim has a plan which he may reveal soon,” Jalal said.

“But we want Tamim to continue playing for Bangladesh. Not just Tamim, Shakib (Al Hasan), Riyad (Mahmudullah), and Mushfiqur (Rahim) are still so much important for Bangladesh cricket,” he added.

Jalal also said that they are not informed well about the personal career plan of Tamim, and he added he is not in a position to talk about Tamim’s personal plan.

“I told him to return to T20Is, but he is not interested to do so. He requested to not force him to make a comeback. He said he doesn’t want to play T20Is,” Nazmul had said on Saturday. “If he doesn’t want to play T20Is, we should not force him.”

Tamim made a good start to this edition of the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) scoring to fifties in the first two matches. But in the next two, he failed to impress with the bat.

The left-handed opener played a total of 78 T20Is and scored 1758 runs with seven fifties and one hundred at a strike rate of 117.2.

The left-hander is the current captain of the Bangladesh ODI team. It is expected that Tamim would continue as the ODI captain till the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 which is scheduled to take place in India.

Source: United News of Bangladesh