Tamim Iqbal, one of the most well-known cricketers in Bangladesh, has expressed his frustration with the Bangladesh Cricket Board for their lack of transparency about the choices that have been made over his playing future.
Iqbal, who holds the record for the most international runs scored by a Bangladeshi player across all formats with 14,508 to his credit, has not participated in a Twenty20 International for Bangladesh since March of 2020. The Southpaw has pointed the finger at the BCB. He claimed that they did not provide him with an opportunity to voice his opinion over the choices made for his Twenty20 international career.
“No one will allow me to explain my strategy about my T20s. Either you (the media) mention it or someone else tells it [concerning the future of my T20]. I should just let it continue along like this. I have played for such a long time that at the very least I deserve it, what I feel or believe they should hear from me,” Tamim said to the media on Sunday at a private ceremony in Dhaka. ”
The flashy opener was also critical of the media for making assumptions about his playing career based on rumours. “However, either you (the media) convey some type of thought or someone else (on the board) communicates something. And when they say anything, I have nothing to say,” Iqbal said.
BCB Chairman Jalal Yunus has refuted Tamim Iqbal’s accusations
Tamim’s assertions that there was a gap between the board and the player were refuted by Jalal Yunus. He said that they held a meeting with the senior player to discuss the situation. “Tamim Iqbal is one of the most experienced players in our team. As a result, he has a superior understanding of his position than anybody else. You are all aware that we discussed this matter in a meeting with him. He had briefed you [the media] entirely about his strategy, and now what we have to tell you,” Jalal spoke with reporters at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.
“Once the six months have passed, he will formally notify you about his choice. You will find out from him about his plan, and I can’t tell you anything about it,” the chairman of the BCB continued.
Tamim was a member of the Bangladesh Test squad that competed against Sri Lanka in a series of home tests that was just finished. In both of his innings during the second test, he was run out without scoring a single run.
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