Former Bangladesh cricket captain Tamim Iqbal unveils startling details about his World Cup exclusion, citing a ‘dirty game’ within the Bangladesh Cricket Board. Controversy surrounds his departure from the tournament.
Former Bangladesh cricket team captain Tamim Iqbal made a shocking revelation today, disclosing that he had requested the top officials of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to exclude him from the upcoming World Cup squad. The reason behind his decision, as Tamim revealed in a video message on his official Facebook page, was an alleged attempt by the BCB to manipulate his participation in the tournament.
In the video message, Tamim claimed that a high-ranking official from the BCB had contacted him with a plan to manage his fitness and involvement in the World Cup. This plan involved Tamim skipping the opening game against Afghanistan and, if he played, batting in a different position lower down the order.
Tamim, who has been a key opening batter for Bangladesh for 17 years, expressed his discontent with these proposed changes to his role within the team. He stated that he felt as though he was being forced into unfamiliar roles and decided not to be part of what he described as a “dirty game.”
In response to the situation, Tamim conveyed, “I don’t want to be part of these dirty things.” He also mentioned that he had further discussions with the BCB official but did not disclose the details, emphasizing that those conversations were meant to remain confidential.
Tamim Iqbal’s journey leading up to this decision was marked by a back injury, a brief retirement, and stepping down as captain. He made a comeback during the New Zealand series but had to deal with ongoing discomfort related to his back.
The official explanation given by the BCB’s selection panel for Tamim’s exclusion from the World Cup squad was due to injury issues. However, Tamim strongly denied this, asserting that the medical department had cleared him to play without any restrictions. He argued that the physio’s report indicated a need for rest and rehabilitation but did not prohibit him from participating in the World Cup. Tamim believed that the media’s portrayal of his injury and availability for matches was not the primary reason for his exclusion.
Tamim’s revelations have sparked controversy and raised questions about the transparency and decision-making within the Bangladesh Cricket Board. The BCB is yet to officially respond to Tamim’s claims, and fans and the cricketing community eagerly await further developments in this unfolding saga.