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Tamim Iqbal opts out of the T20I series against New Zealand due to personal reasons

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Experienced Bangladeshi kick opener Tamim Iqbal has decided to give up the upcoming T20I series against New Zealand for personal reasons.

Bangladesh will lock horns with New Zealand in the ODI and T20I series, which consists of three swords each. The one-day starts on March 20, while the T20I will be played from March 28 to April 1.

Tamim Iqbal conveyed his decision to coach Russell Domingo and the election commission. ESPNCricinfo he quoted the baton:

“Before coming to New Zealand I informed the head coach and the head coach that I would not be available for the T20I series. It is for personal reasons. My best wishes are with the team. When the coach said we have a chance to do well here, he includes T20Is “, he said.

Tamim Iqbal will lead the team from Bangladesh in the ODI series of three matches, while Mahmudullah is the skipper of the T20I.

The three one-day shows will be played in Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington on March 20, 23 and 26.

The teams will then shift the focus to the T20I format, where three games are scheduled for March 28, 30 and April 1 in Hamilton, Napier and Auckland.

Prior to Tamim Iqbal, another senior cricketer, Shakib Al Hasan, announced he would miss a tour of New Zealand. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has approved paternity by the University of Bangladesh.

Tamim Iqbal is the leading Bangladeshi competitor in the T20I

31-year-old Tamim Iqbal is the leading Bangladeshi runner in the T20I format. In 78 matches, he has 1,758 runs in his own name at a strike rate of 116.96.

In fact, Iqbal is the only centurion in the country in the shortest format of the game in international cricket. In addition to hundreds, he has seventy-fifty in his name.

The left-hander was a prolific scorer for Bangladesh in all formats. He has 4508 runs in 62 tests averaging 38.20. In 210 ODIs, Iqbal amassed 7360 runs an average of 36.98.

While Tamim Iqbal has nine hundred in test matches, he has 13 in his name in ODIs.

Posted March 18, 2021, 5:55 PM IST


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