Tamim Iqbal, Bangladesh skipper has hinted at a retirement in one format of the game in the near future. He stated that this decision will be made in order to prolong his international career. However, he stated that the T20 World Cup to be held in India later this year, is his utmost priority.
Tamim Iqbal backed out from the T20I Series against New Zealand and flew back home due to personal reasons. The visitors were thoroughly beaten in the three match ODI series, which has attracted a lot of criticism from the Bangladeshi fans. Tamim has come under the hammer due to his poor strike rate off-late. In order to address his workload, the batsman has considered to retire from atleast one format of the game.
“Of course the T20 World Cup is very much on my mind and this is just six months away and I am not 36 or 37, so why not? T20 is not out of mind. Look how I want to have my cricketing career and how I would like it to shape it in my head.
“I know which format I want to leave early and which format I want to leave later. I know everything and I don’t think that I have to disclose everything to everyone,” Tamim Iqbal was quoted as saying to Cricbuzz on Friday.
“When I feel that I have to let go of this format to prolong the other two, I will not push myself and carry on with that. I want to leave one format just to make sure I can give my best to the other two formats,” he added.
Tamim Iqbal announced himself on the big stage after his impressive performances in the 2007 ICC World Cup, where the Tigers reached the Super Eight, defeating their neighbours, India in the group stage. He has been one of the most consistent batters for his side over the years, accumulating 13,719 international runs so far. His record in Test cricket stands out, as he has scored 4508 runs in his 62 matches, at an average of 38.20 which includes nine centuries and 28 half-centuries.