Tamim Iqbal just announced his abrupt retirement from cricket, shocking the entire cricket community. After Bangladesh’s defeat in the opening ODI of the current series against Afghanistan, Tamim made his choice public.
There were rumors that Tamim will meet with Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, but there were no official explanations for his retirement. According to rumors, Tamim would be speaking with the prime minister about his desire to retire.
Unexpectedly, the 34-year-old reversed his intention to retire after the meeting. It’s also important to note that he attended the Prime Minister’s mansion alongside his wife, BCB President Nazmul Hassan, and his former captain Mashrafe Mortaza.
The result had a huge negative impact, considering the team’s preparations for the upcoming 2023 ODI World Cup. Revealing the news in a press conference, a teary-eyed Tamim said, “This is the end for me. I have given my best. I have tried my best. I am retiring from international cricket at this moment. Yesterday against Afghanistan was my last international game. I am retiring from international cricket effective right now. It was not a sudden decision. I was thinking about the different reasons. I don’t want to mention it here. I have spoken to my family members about it. I thought this is the right time for me to retire from international cricket.” Iqbal said.
Here is how Twitter reacted to this U-Turn by Tamim Iqbal;
I knew it..This is the reason you should never believe when a Bangladeshi or a Pakistani player says that he's retired..What difference would he make anyway as if he would be the one who would help Bangladesh win Asia cup or World Cup or both??😅🤭
— Rohit Jaiswal (@RohitJa98837448) July 7, 2023
— Sudhanshu Ranjan Singh (@memegineers_) July 7, 2023
Excellent to see the involvement of Prime minister, this is what cricket means to Bangladesh. Their love for this game is tremendous! Whatever the reason for his retirement they solved it.
Something similar is happening with Indian players too, posting cryptic msg!!
— Sajjad Ali (@SajjadA15728745) July 7, 2023
Liton das bhechara kuch ghanto ka captain
— Smarth Bhatia (@smarth_30) July 7, 2023
He had to withdraw it how can a player of his calibre retire at just 28
— Abhishek Sharma (@Abhiiit23) July 7, 2023
Isme kaunsi badi baat ho gayi ?? pic.twitter.com/9DGs4Dsd8A
— Rainbow Salt (@Rainbowsalts91) July 7, 2023
Breaking News 🪀
Tamim Iqbal is returning to cricket after breaking his retirement at the request of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.
— Protik Chowdhury (@ProtikChowdhu19) July 7, 2023
— Bargav Rangan (@animeshwar) July 7, 2023
The star left-hand batter will also take a one-and-a-half-month break before returning for the Asia Cup, scheduled to begin on August 31. Tamim’s earlier decision to retire from ODIs and Tests came after he announced his decision to quit T20Is on June 2022. In ODIs, he is Bangladesh’s most successful with 8313 runs from 241 ODIs at an average of 36.62, including 14 centuries and 56 fifties.
As captain, the 34-year-old led his side in 37 ODIs, out of which Bangladesh won 21. His win percentage of 60 is the highest among all 15 captains who never led the national side, including the most-capped Mashrafe Mortaza, whose win percentage read 58.13.