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Tamim’s social media post makes speculation

Published : 05 Jul 2022 08:01 PM | Updated : 05 Jul 2022 08:01 PM

Tigers opener Tamim Iqbal produced speculation over his future in T20Is once again as he hinted on Facebook post that created a stir. 

Tamim early Monday morning took to his official facebook page and posted, “T20 international [followed by three waving emoji hands].”

Tamim however, soon removed the post from the page but by then screenshot of the post had already gone viral.

Media and the supporters ever since are busy decoding Tamim’s status which came on the back of Bangladesh T20I team’s 35-run defeat against hosts West Indies at Windsor Park, Dominica Sunday. 

Tamim, who is on break from T20Is, did not travel to Dominica with the team and is in Guyana, the venue for the third T20I and the three-match ODI series.

While many claimed Tamim through the status meant “Good Bye T20 international” others believe the southpaw might have hinted of “Making a comeback in the format.”

And then there is a third group who simply thinks Bangladesh ODI captain Tamim mocked yet another comprehensive Bangladesh defeat in the shortest format of the game.

Discussion is rife whether Tamim will return to T20Is given that he is nearing the end of his six-month break from the format. 

Tamim last January made himself unavailable for T20Is for six months and effectively stayed out of contention for the T20 World Cup later this year.

He however, had said he could reconsider the decision if the Bangladesh Cricket Board asks him again before the T20 World Cup, although he had then believed it would not be required.

The announcement from Tamim had come after series of discussions with top BCB officials including president Nazmul Hasan.

It was reported that Nazmul tried to dissuade Tamim from taking the decision.

It was learnt that the BCB asked him not to take a break till the next ODI World Cup in 2023 and instead take a sabbatical for six months, as it will give them an option to have him for the upcoming T20 World Cup, scheduled to be hosted by Australia in October.

This however, doesn’t look as an option now as, according to close sources Tamim is adamant not to return to the shortest format of international cricket and concentrate on Tests and ODIs only.

It is understood that respecting Tamim’s decision Bangladesh national team management is also not considering him as part of the T20 World Cup in Australia which is just a few months away.    

Tamim last played a T20I for Bangladesh in March 2020, against Zimbabwe in Dhaka.