Bangladesh Opener Tamim Iqbal Announces Retirement From T20I

On Saturday, Bangladesh’s veteran opening batsman Tamim Iqbal announced his retirement from T20 Internationals on Facebook. The 33-year-old retired from a long 15-year International T20 career through his Facebook account.

“Consider me retired from T20 internationals from today. Thanks, everyone.” Tamim Iqbal wrote on his Facebook.

Tamim made the announcement shortly after Bangladesh defeated the West Indies by four wickets in the final ODI of the three-match ODI series against the West Indies.

Bangladesh also whitewashed West Indies 3-0 in this series. Tamim Iqbal won the ‘Player of the Series award for scoring 117 runs in 3 innings at an average of 58.50.

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Earlier, Tamim took a six-month break from the shorter format in January. He also decided to withdraw from the T20 World Cup 2021 in the UAE but insisted that he had not retired from the format then.

After making his debut in September 2017, Tamim played 78 T20Is for Bangladesh, scoring 1,758 runs at a strike rate of 116.96.

He last played T20 international for the country more than two years ago, against Zimbabwe in March 2020.

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Tamim is the only Bangladesh batter to score a century in T20Is. He ended his T20I career as the third-highest run-scorer for his country after current skipper Mahmudullah Riyad and Test captain Shakib Al Hasan.

However, Tamim Iqbal will represent the Bangladesh cricket team in ODIs and Tests. He is only 57 runs behind to become the first batsman in his country to reach 8000 runs in the 50-over format. He currently has over 14000 international runs in his account, including 25 centuries and 91 half-centuries.

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