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23 Jan 2022
The dynamic and experienced Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal who has hit back to back to back half-centuries in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League 2022, has said that he is not willing to make a comeback in the T20 internationals any time soon. Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan confirmed that in his interaction with the press.
"Tamim has played well and he is always good. When I spoke with him last time you can say I requested him to make a return into T20Is,” Nazmul was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
“I have spoken with him on the telephone and he just said 'please don't push me because if you push me naturally I will have to return but I don't want to play in this format'. After listening to this I felt there is no point asking him (to reconsider his decision) because if someone does not want to play any format there is no point forcing him to play,'' the board president added.
Tamim last played a T20I for Bangladesh in March 2020 against Zimbabwe in Dhaka, so it has been almost two years now that he played in the shortest format for the Tigers. In total, Iqbal has played 78 T20Is and scored 1758 runs in them with one century and three fifties to his name in that format for Bangladesh.
Though Tamim has officially not retired from the shortest format internationally, so there might be chances that he returns maybe after a prolific BPL with the bat and therefore wouldn't have wanted to jinx it.