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Tamim withdraws retirement after meeting with Prime Minister

Tamim has withdrawn his retirement after meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

Update : 07 Jul 2023, 07:23 PM

Tamim Iqbal has withdrawn his retirement after meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, confirmed Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan to the media Friday.

During his meeting with the Premier Friday afternoon at Ganabhaban, Tamim was accompanied by the BCB boss and former captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza.

Tamim will now take a one and a half month break before returning for the Asia Cup, scheduled to start from August 31.

After his meeting with PM Hasina, Tamim told the media: “The honorable Prime Minister invited me at her residence today afternoon. We talked with her for a long while. She instructed me to return to the game. As of now I'm withdrawing my retirement.

“I can say no to everybody but it is impossible for me to turn down the request of the country's most important person. Papon bhai (Nazmul) and Mashrafe bhai also played a big role. Mashrafe bhai brought me along, Papon bhai was also with me. The Prime Minister gave me a break for one and a half months so that I can be a bit more free mentally.”

Tamim earlier stunned not only the Bangladesh cricket fraternity but the entire country Thursday afternoon when he announced his shock retirement from international cricket at his hometown against the backdrop of the Tigers' One Day International series against Afghanistan.

“It is a matter of relief for us. How can we play without our captain!” said Nazmul ahead of a busy few months for the Tigers with the home series against New Zealand in September followed by the all-important World Cup in India in October-November.

“Since he is lacking physical fitness and not in the right state of mind, he took a break for one and a half months. I hope he will soon join us after recharging himself.

“After watching his press conference, I had this feeling that he took an emotional decision. I had the belief that if we could meet face to face we'd be able to find a solution to this. Through the honorable Prime Minister we were able to talk him out of it. He has not retired.”

After a dramatic couple of days, the Tigers now turn their attention to the penultimate ODI against the Afghans, scheduled for Saturday in Chittagong where Liton Das is all set to lead Bangladesh.

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