Bangladesh Captain Tamim Iqbal, in a shocking moment, announced his retirement from international cricket just 3 months before the ICC World Cup 2023. He broke down and cried during the press conference while announcing his retirement. It was a shock for many Bangladesh cricketers, as no one was expecting that, not before the World Cup 2023, and now the Bangladesh team management is looking for a replacement. The 34-year-old cricketer announced his retirement from the T20I format last year, and a day after losing the first ODI match against Afghanistan, he proclaimed his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect. Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan was shocked by Tamim’s sudden decision, and in a press conference, he revealed that he had no idea why Tamim Iqbal did that.
According to some reports, BCB’s members had an urgent meeting on Thursday night to request the cricketer reconsider his decision, and during media interaction, Nazmul Hasan said that:
The reason why we sat today is that suddenly we have seen that Tamim announced in the media that he retired. It was totally unexpected for us because we have had regular communication… and because he was the ODI skipper, even three days back we spoke with him about the squad and even today I have spoken with him,Nazmul Hasan told media reporters
Tamim Iqbal, as an opener for the Bangladesh team, played some great innings for his side. He played 70 test matches in his 16-year cricket career and scored 5.134 runs, including 10 centuries and a double century. In ODIs, the left-handed batter has proven himself by scoring 8313 runs in the format in 241 matches and is the third highest run scorer among current batters behind Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.
This is the end for me. I have given my best. I have tried my best. I am retiring from international cricket from this moment,” “I want to thank all my teammates, coaches, BCB officials, my family members, and those who have been with me through my long journey. They kept faith in me,”
“I also want to thank the fans. Your love and faith in me inspired me to give my very best for Bangladesh. I want to ask for your prayers for the next chapter of my life. Please keep me in your prayers,”Tamim Iqbal said while announcing his retirement