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”.
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.