Bangladesh’s senior batter Tamim Iqbal steps down as ODI captain due to health concerns, after a recent retirement decision reversal. His exit prompts BCB’s search for a new captain amidst preparations for future cricket events.
Bangladesh cricket is witnessing a significant shift as Tamim Iqbal, the senior-most batter, has announced his resignation as the ODI captain with immediate effect. This move follows his recent decision to retire from the 50-over format, which was quickly reversed under unusual circumstances. With the World Cup looming, Tamim’s decision is aimed at lightening his workload and focusing on his fitness.
Tamim, flanked by BCB president Nazmul Hassan, conveyed the decision at a press conference. He stated, “Today I step down as Bangladesh cricket team ODI captain.” Citing health issues, he mentioned undergoing injections for an injury that proved challenging to treat effectively. In light of these challenges, stepping down seemed the best course of action, reflecting his commitment to the team’s well-being.
The 34-year-old took over the ODI captaincy in March 2020, succeeding Mashrafe Mortaza. Under his leadership, Bangladesh secured 21 wins in 37 50-over games, achieving a win percentage of 56.75, slightly behind Mortaza’s record (56.81) among Bangladesh captains.
Despite relinquishing the captaincy, Tamim vowed to continue supporting the team. “Whenever I am playing, I will act as a captain. What I mean is whoever is the captain, I will do everything and do my best to help the captain,” he asserted.
Tamim’s recent decision to retire from international cricket, which he later reversed, stirred the cricketing world on July 6. After intervention from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, he retracted the decision. His injury, affecting his L4 and L5 discs, has been a recurring concern, leading to medical consultations and treatments abroad.
Jalal Yunus, BCB cricket operation chairman, revealed Tamim’s challenges in returning to peak fitness. He outlined a phased approach involving rest and gradual rehabilitation, indicating Tamim’s unavailability for the upcoming Asia Cup. The team is now in search of a new ODI captain, with reports suggesting Shakib Al Hasan’s reluctance and the potential nomination of Litton Das as captain if negotiations with Shakib fail.
This unexpected leadership shift, prompted by health considerations, adds an intriguing element to Bangladesh cricket as they prepare for upcoming challenges.