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The unexpected retirement of Tamim Iqbal has left the cricketing world in shock. Making the surprising announcement just before the Cricket World Cup 2023, his decision has taken fans, players, and pundits by surprise.

Bangladesh Captain Tamim Iqbal’s Retirement Casts a Shadow Over ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in India

Bangladesh’s preparations for the upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in India have suffered a significant setback as their captain, Tamim Iqbal, has made the tough decision to retire from international cricket. The announcement has sent shockwaves through the cricketing community, and his absence will undoubtedly leave a void in the team as they gear up for the prestigious tournament.

Iqbal has concluded his illustrious 16-year international career, a mere three months prior to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in India.

Tamim Iqbal declared his immediate international retirement during a press conference held in Chattogram, the day following Bangladesh’s defeat against Afghanistan in the first ODI of the three-match series.

Tamim Iqbal’s Stellar International Career Spanning 16 Years and Incredible Records

Having made his international debut back in 2007, Tamim Iqbal has been a stalwart for Bangladesh, featuring in an impressive 70 Test matches, 241 ODIs, and 78 T20Is. As a prolific left-handed opener, he has amassed over 15,000 runs in international cricket, boasting an extraordinary record of 25 centuries and 94 half-centuries. His achievements stand as a testament to his exceptional talent and dedication to the sport.

Iqbal had previously bid farewell to T20I cricket last year and participated in his final Test match against Ireland in April. As of now, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has not yet announced a successor for Tamim in the 50-over format.

In an emotional address to the media, Iqbal expressed, “This marks the end of my journey. I have given my all and tried my hardest. As of this moment, I am retiring from international cricket.”

Grateful for the support he received, Iqbal extended his thanks to his teammates, coaches, BCB officials, family, and all those who stood by him throughout his remarkable career. He acknowledged, “Their unwavering faith in me has meant the world.”

Bangladesh Squad for ICC World Cup 2023

Name of the Player

Age

Role in the Team

Total ODI Matches

Birthplace

Shakib Al Hasan

36

All Rounder

232

Khulna, Bangladesh

Tamim Iqbal

34

Batsman

240

Barisal, Bangladesh

Sabbir Rahman

30

Batsman

66

Rajshahi, Bangladesh

Mehidy Hasan

24

All Rounder

74

Khulna, Bangladesh

Litton Das

27

WicketKeeper

69

Dinajpur, Bangladesh

Yasir Ali

26

Batsman

9

Chittagong, Bangladesh

Nurul Hasan

31

WicketKeeper

6

Khulna, Bangladesh

Afif Hossain

22

All Rounder

25

Khulna, Bangladesh

Najmul Hossain Shanto

24

All Rounder

24

Rajshahi, Bangladesh

Mohammad Saifuddin

25

All Rounder

29

Chittagong, Bangladesh

Taskin Ahmed

27

Bowler

57

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Nasum Ahmed

27

Bowler

7

Sylhet, Bangladesh

Hasan Mahmud

22

Bowler

11

Chattogram, Bangladesh

Ebadot Hossain

28

Bowler

11

Moulvibazar, Bangladesh

Mosaddek Hossain

26

Batsman

43

Mymensingh, Bangladesh

Mustafizur Rahman

27

Bowler

87

Satkhira, Bangladesh

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