Tamim Iqbal: Bangladesh opener opts out of T20 World Cup

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal has opted out of this year’s T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, citing a lack of game time as he continues to recover from a knee injury.

Tamim hurt his knee during the April-May tour of Sri Lanka but chief selector Minhajul Abedin was optimistic Bangladesh’s one-day captain would regain his fitness ahead of the World Cup starting in October.

“Game time is the biggest reason. I haven’t been playing this format for a long time,” Tamim, who played the last of his 78 T20 internationals in March 2020, said in a video posted on his Facebook page.

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“I don’t think my injury is a concern, because I think I’d be fit before the World Cup. The main reason is I don’t think it would be fair on those players who have played in the last 15-16 T20 matches that I haven’t played.”

Tamim’s selection in the World Cup squad was seen as a matter of him regaining his fitness and the 32-year-old said he was not quitting the 20-over format.

Bangladesh will play Scotland in their opening T20 World Cup match on October 17 in Muscat.

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