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Tamim steps down as ODI skipper

Published : 04 Aug 2023 08:12 PM

Tamim Iqbal stepped down as ODI skipper; Tamim confirmed the matter in a press conference on Monday after a meeting with Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) officials and President Nazmul Hassan Papon.

“As you know I had an important meeting with Jalal bhai and Papon bhai. We have discussed what will happen going forward. Today I step down as Bangladesh cricket team ODI captain,” Tamim said in a press conference alongside the BCB president.

“I have taken injections but those treatments are almost hit and miss at this point. I have spoken of my problems with them. I have always thought about the team first,” he added.

“Stepping down would be the best possible thing. I talked to the PM today and I gave her the message as well and she made me understand everything really nicely. Main thing is, for the betterment of the team, I should step down as captain and try to give my best as a player whenever the opportunity comes.

Tamim admitted there was no point in forcing the issue and playing in the upcoming Asia Cup but remains optimistic about making it for the New Zealand series that follows.

“If we had forced the issue, I could have played the Asia Cup but no one from the medical team or us sitting here wanted that. I’m very hopeful of the New Zealand series,” he said.

Tamim took over as Bangladesh ODI captain from Mashrafe Mortaza in March 2020, and took his team to 21 wins in 37 50-over games - finishing with a win percentage of 56.75, only marginally second to Mortaza’s record (56.81) among Bangladesh captains.

“The journey was fantastic and the result would speak for itself. I think I have done a very good job as captain. It could have very selfish if I said that I want to stay on as captain,” he said.

“See I may not have the captaincy tag on me but 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 added.

Earlier on July 6, Tamim shocked the whole cricketing fraternity when he announced a sudden retirement decision from international cricket with immediate effect during an emotional press conference in Chattogram. However, after the intervention from the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Tamim had to reverse his decision.

“As you know Tamim has an injury issue on his back in the the L4 and L5 discs. For at least one year, he has gone abroad for treatments. He consulted a lot of doctors and recently he went to London where it was diagnosed that he had injuries in L4 and L5 from where the pain is generated,” Yunus said.

“Injection was an option and it was used to block a nerve and they needed two days to see the effect of the injection. He still had some pain and was administered injection again. They told him to wait for two days to find out.”

“His pain subsided somewhat but on 28th July it was instructed that he needed two weeks of rest. Complete rest for the first week and the next week will take him to August 11th. Then he will begin rehab in a small way without any intensity which will see two weeks pass. Then he will have to slowly increase the pace of his progress although the intensity can't be match-like,” he said.

“Two more weeks will pass after that before he can return to nets. As you know by that time our schedule for Asia Cup would resume and his intensity can’t increase before 21st. The team will leave for Asia Cup on 26th so it will not be possible for Tamim to return before the Asia Cup. We have talked in the meantime with Dr. Debashish, Tamim, BCB president and discussed that it won't be possible to make Tamim's return possible for the Asia Cup. This is why Tamim will not be available for the Asia Cup,” Jalal added.

“We will inform who will be the captain going forward. As Tamim said, since it’s a recurring injury, he will have to take injections. Surgery is possible but if he goes for it, getting back is very difficult. So he may not pick that option. Since he said that he will be available for New Zealand series, we are hopeful that he will be fit for New Zealand series followed by World Cup. Our medical department will work with us and help him to make those events,” he added.

BCB are expected to announce the ODI captain in the next couple of days. Shakib Al Hasan is reportedly reluctant to take the reigns but the board will attempt to convince him. If that doesn’t work, Litton Das is likely to be named skipper.