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Tamim urges BCB for rest from Afghanistan series

  • Published at 07:31 pm August 10th, 2019
Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal bats in the Mirpur nets Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

The occasion will be the first for Tamim Iqbal to miss a series for Bangladesh apart from injury

Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal is likely to have been approved a leave from the lone Test match against Afghanistan, followed by the tri-nation T20I series involving Afghanistan and Zimbabwe, all to be played at home in September this year.

The occasion will be the first for Tamim to miss a series for Bangladesh apart from injury. 

It is understood that the southpaw has requested the BCB for a break to recharge himself mentally. 

During almost a month-long break from cricket, Tamim will work on a personal fitness schedule and is expected to make a return through Bangladesh’s tour of India in November this year. 

Bangladesh are scheduled to play three T20Is and two Tests against the Indians.

Bangladesh Cricket Board had granted all-rounder Shakib al Hasan leave from the three-match ODI series against host Sri Lanka last month. 

Shakib had earlier taken a break during the Test series against host South Africa in 2017 as well.

''We will start a camp, most likely from August 20, and have chalked a 35-member squad already,” said BCB chief selector Minhajul Abedin to the media Saturday.

“Because Tamim has asked for a leave from the series, we will have the final squads (for Tests and T20Is) with that in consideration,” the former Bangladesh captain added.

Tamim dealt with a pale patch during the World Cup 2019, finishing with 235 runs in eight games backed by a lone half-century. 

The situation for the left-handed batsman worsened as he toured Sri Lanka.

The “interim” ODI captain returned home from the island nation scoring 21 runs in three matches as Bangladesh conceded a series whitewash against the host.

Bangladesh Test and T20I captain Shakib earlier this month suggested in the media to give Tamim a break. 

Shakib emphasized on the importance of a proper break and stress management, especially for the seasoned campaigners.

“See, a player can go through these [bad] phases. What I feel is that it’s most important for him to rest, recover and come back strongly. I am sure he will do that,” Shakib said during a public meet in Dhaka.