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Tamim Iqbal backs off from retirement after Bangladesh PM’s intervention

His retirement only lasted for 24 hours after Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina intervened in the southpaw’s departure from international cricket.

Tamim Iqbal backs off from retirement after Bangladesh PM’s intervention!

The 34-year-old announced his shock retirement from international cricket on Thursday (July 6), just a day after captaining his team in the first ODI against Afghanistan in Chittagong.

However, his retirement only lasted for 24 hours after Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina intervened in the southpaw’s departure from international cricket.

Tamim, 34, was invited to meet PM Hasina at her residence in Dhaka, and he decided to take his retirement back after a meeting with the Bangladesh premier.

Their meeting took place on Friday afternoon at her residence in Dhaka.

Tamim was accompanied by his wife former captain Mashrafe Mortaza and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hassan.

Taking to Facebook, Tamim shared a picture of his meeting with the Bangladesh PM with the caption: “Can’t say no to the honourable prime minister”.

Tamim while speaking to the media on Friday evening outside the Prime Minister’s residence, revealed that he had been given a break of six weeks to recuperate from his injuries.
 
“The honourable Prime Minister invited me to her residence this afternoon,” Tamim said.
 
“We had a long discussion after which she instructed me to return to cricket. I am withdrawing my retirement.
 
“I can say no to anyone but it is impossible to say no to the most important person in the country. Mashrafe bhai called me while Papon bhai [Hassan] was here. They were big factors [in the reversal]. The Prime Minister has also given me a break of a month and a half. I will complete my treatment and return to playing cricket.”
 

Iqbal made his international debut in 2007 and has represented Bangladesh in 70 Tests, 241 ODIs, and 78 T20Is.

The prolific left-handed opener has over 15,000 runs to his credit in international cricket, with 25 centuries and 94 half-centuries.

He has already retired from T20I cricket last year and played his last Test against Ireland in April.

Tamim announced his retirement on Thursday afternoon.

In a live TV broadcast, he broke down several times while delivering a 13-minute monologue about his decision.

Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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