Bangladesh batsman Tamim Iqbal announces retirement from T20 Internationals

Veteran Bangladesh batsman Tamim Iqbal on Sunday decided to retire from his T20 International career after playing the format for nearly 15 years. The 33-year-old made the announcement via a Facebook post, after Bangladesh’s 3-0 win over West Indies in the ODI series.

“Consider me retiring from T20 Internationals from today,” Tamim wrote on his Facebook page.

Tamim made the announcement after Bangladesh beat West Indies by four wickets in the final ODI of the series in Guyana, affecting a 3–0 series whitewash at the men in Maroon. The veteran batsman won the ‘Player of the Series Award’ for scoring 117 runs in 3 innings at an average of 58.50.

Bangladesh Cricket The board shared a picture post on its official Twitter account congratulating the opener for receiving the ‘Player of the Series’ award.

“Congratulations to Tamim Iqbal for Player of the Series!” Read the caption of the post.

Earlier in January, Tamim took a six-month break from the shortest format. However, he did in one domestic T20 tournament during this period. He decided to pull out of T20 World Cup 2021, held in the United Arab Emirates, but insisted that he had not retired from the format then.

Since making his debut in September 2017, the dynamic opener has played 78 T20Is for Bangladesh, scoring 1,758 runs at a strike rate of 116.96. He last played a T20 International for the country two years ago in March 20202 against Zimbabwe in Mirpur.

Tamim is the only batsman from Bangladesh to score a century in T20 Internationals. He achieved the remarkable feat against Oman in the T20 World Cup 2016 in India. He ended his T20I career as the third highest run-scorer for his country in the format behind current captain Mahmudullah Riyadh and Test captain Shakib Al Hasan.

The left-handed batsman will continue to represent the Bangladesh cricket team in ODIs and Tests. He is just 57 runs short of becoming the first batsman for his country to score 8000 runs in the 50-over format. He currently has over 14000 international runs to his name, including 25 centuries and 91 half-centuries.

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