The World Cup roster for Bangladesh did not include Tamim Iqbal.

The World Cup roster for Bangladesh did not include Tamim Iqbal.

The World Cup roster for Bangladesh did not include Tamim Iqbal.

From being the captain to not participating in the World Cup.

For the upcoming ODI World Cup in India, Bangladesh decided against including a “partially fit” Tamim Iqbal in their 15-person squad. After a protracted saga involving a back injury, a retirement u-turn, and stepping down as captain, the seasoned batter made a comeback against New Zealand series.

Shakib Al Hasan (c), Litton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Tanzid Hasan, Towhid Hridoy, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mehidy Hasan, Mahedi Hasan, Tanzim Sakib, Nasum Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Hasan Mahmud, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman.

He was unable to bat in the first game of the series against New Zealand because the match was called off, but he made 44 in the second ODI despite admitting after the game that his back continued to bother him.

We are all aware of Tamim Iqbal’s potential for long-term injury. For the New Zealand series, he came back. After the opening game, there was some complaining. When we decided not to include him in the squad, we considered his injury concern, according to chief selector Minhajul Abedin.

“Before making this choice, we spoke with everyone who was affected. We talked about it with Tamim. We are unable to divulge what was discussed. We talked about it with the team management and decided against taking a chance during a lengthy World Cup campaign. It is a significant occasion.

Tamim had previously said that he was confident in recovering fully before the World Cup, but it is believed that he told the team that he would need to manage his fitness throughout the tournament and that he might not be available for the entire competition.

“Some injuries make taking a chance impossible. The management of the team will find itself in an awkward situation if someone is injured during the World Cup. We had to rest him after he played in the first two games. After the second game, he was in a little discomfort. Before making a decision, we thought about this,” Abedin said.

Tamim is one of our best players, but he is limited by an injury. He had chronic back pain, so the New Zealand series was an opportunity to gauge his level of fitness. He fully participated in the second game but skipped the third one. We talked about it with the medical staff before making a decision.

Despite chief selector Abedin’s denial, it was claimed that captain Shakib Al Hasan had hesitations about including a player in his World Cup squad who wasn’t fully fit.

Mahmudullah, another seasoned player from Bangladesh cricket, was added to the squad at the last minute despite going unnoticed for the majority of the year as the big game approached.

“That is our strategy, and we can check any player. We evaluated his fitness based on this planning by checking him out in the New Zealand series. And for that reason, we decided to include him,” said Abedin.

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