Bangladesh batsman and captain Tamim Iqbal announced his retirement from international cricket on Thursday and took it back a day later.
Tamim Iqbal retirement: Tamim Iqbal, senior batsman from the Bangladesh cricket team and former captain of the ODI team, announced his retirement from international cricket on Thursday, July 6, 2023 with much fanfare. However, now a day later i.e. on Friday, he withdrew the retirement. The amazing thing is that after the announcement of his retirement, Liton Das was made the captain of the team. In such a situation, the big question is, will he get the command of the team again?
Tamim Iqbal was captaining the ODI team for Bangladesh while Liton Das was leading the Test team. Liton Das was made the captain of the team by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Friday itself. According to the report of ESPN Cricinfo, Tamim Iqbal withdrew his decision of retirement after meeting Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Tamim had met the PM on Friday afternoon. Three months before the start of Bangladesh’s ODI World Cup campaign in India, Tamim Iqbal surprised everyone by announcing his sudden retirement.
Even before many players have come out of retirement
This is not happening for the first time in the history of cricket that a player has taken retirement and then come back. Cricketers like Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan, Shahid Afridi, Ambati Rayudu also came back after taking retirement from international cricket.
In Tamim’s case, the Prime Minister of his country intervened and he overturned the decision of retirement. On Thursday, Tamim announced this through a press conference and he broke down while announcing his retirement.
Liton Das told shocking decision
When Liton Das was given the command of the ODI team after the retirement of Tamim Iqbal, he called it a very shocking decision. Liton Das had said that he or any player in his team did not expect this, but it was his decision and we all respect it.
Tamim Iqbal was currently captaining the team in the ongoing three-match ODI series against Afghanistan and announced his retirement just after the first ODI.