There comes a fresh update straight from BCB’s house! Tamim Iqbal has reversed his retirement decision, just one day after announcing it during an emotionally charged press conference. This unexpected development follows a meeting between Tamim and the Bangladesh Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina.
Speaking outside the Prime Minister’s residence on July 7, Tamim shared, “This afternoon, the Prime Minister invited me to her house. She admonished me and asked me to play again, so I have decided to come out of retirement at this moment.” Tamim emphasized that he couldn’t refuse the Prime Minister’s authority, stating, “I can say no to everyone, but it was impossible for me to say no to someone of the PM’s authority.”
He further expressed gratitude to Nazmul Hasan Papon and Mashrafe Mortaza who were present during the meeting & supported Tamim. Additionally, Tamim highlighted that the Prime Minister granted him one and a half months’ leave for his treatment and other personal matters. Once he feels mentally free, he can return to the game and participate in the remaining matches.
Tamim’s retirement decision had initially surprised many, with the 2023 World Cup under consideration. His retirement followed a confrontation with the team management. Nazmul Hasan, in particular, expressed his displeasure after Tamim admitted in a press conference that he wasn’t fully fit for the opening ODI against Afghanistan but still chose to play. As per the reports, Tamim’s candid admission did not go well with the team management, who advised him to take rest if he felt less than a hundred percent fit. However, Tamim ultimately decided against it. There were also indications of dissatisfaction from head coach Chandika Hathurusingha, who reportedly discussed the matter with Nazmul Hasan.
Nazmul Hassan is happy with Tamim’s Return to cricket
Following Tamim’s retirement announcement, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) convened an emergency meeting and appointed Litton Das as the interim captain for the remaining two ODIs against Afghanistan. Late in the night, Nazmul addressed the media, publicly urging Tamim to reconsider his “emotional” and “hasty” decision. He expressed relief at Tamim’s reversal, stating, “I assumed that he took the decision emotionally. Of course, it’s a matter of big relief. If we don’t have a captain, how can we play?” Nazmul further revealed that during their meeting with the Prime Minister, Tamim agreed to withdraw his retirement letter. However, he will take a leave of one and a half months to regain his physical and mental fitness.
The return of their experienced and influential batsman will undoubtedly strengthen the Bangladesh team. As Tamim takes the necessary time to rejuvenate himself physically and mentally, fans eagerly anticipate his return to the field, hoping for his continued contributions and success.