Tamim Iqbal Announces Shock Retirement from International Cricket

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In a surprising turn of events, Tamim Iqbal, the captain of Bangladesh’s ODI team, has announced his retirement from international cricket, just three months before the World Cup commences in India. The decision brings an abrupt end to his illustrious 16-year career on the international stage.

Amidst a crowd of reporters, Tamim appeared visibly emotional and tearful as he made the
announcement during a press conference in Chattogram on Thursday. The retirement news came a day after Bangladesh’s defeat to Afghanistan in the first of three ODIs.

“This marks the end of my journey. I have given my all and tried my best. From this moment onward, I am retiring from international cricket,” expressed Tamim. “I am grateful to all my teammates, coaches, BCB officials, my family, and everyone who has supported me throughout this long journey. Their unwavering belief in me has meant the world.”

Tamim also expressed his gratitude towards the fans, acknowledging their love and faith in him, which served as an inspiration for him to give his utmost for Bangladesh. He requested their prayers for the next chapter of his life, humbly asking them to keep him in their thoughts.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board has yet to announce a successor to Tamim. Shakib Al Hasan currently leads the team in T20Is, while Litton Das assumes the role of Test captain. 

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Last year, Tamim had previously retired from T20Is, and his final Test match was Bangladesh’s one-off encounter against Ireland in April.

Tamim Iqbal’s international journey commenced when he was just a teenager, making his ODI debut in February 2007. One of his most memorable moments came during the World Cup in the West Indies, where he played a crucial role in Bangladesh’s historic victory against India, scoring a match-winning half-century.

Finishing his career on a high note, Tamim leaves the international stage with remarkable records for Bangladesh. He holds the record for the most ODI runs (8313) and centuries (14) for his country, making him one of the most prolific run-scorers. Among current cricketers, he ranks third in terms of total runs, trailing only Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

Tamim’s Test career has also been notable, accumulating 5134 runs at an impressive average of 38.89. With ten centuries in 70 matches, he secures the second-highest run tally for Bangladesh in Test cricket. 

Taking on the role of ODI captain, Tamim achieved a slightly higher win percentage than Mashrafe
Mortaza, who is widely regarded as Bangladesh’s greatest leader. Captaining the team in 37 ODIs, Tamim led them to victory in 21 matches. His leadership guided Bangladesh to a commendable third-place finish in the ODI Super League, securing direct qualification for the upcoming World Cup in India, scheduled for October and November. Additionally, he captained the team in one Test match against New Zealand in 2017. 

Tamim’s career is one filled with accomplishments, cementing his legacy as one of Bangladesh’s finest cricketers. 

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