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Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal last played a T20 international in March 2020, while he picked up a knee injury during the April-May 2021 tour of Sri Lanka; the Tigers will play Scotland in their opening T20 World Cup match on October 17 in Muscat

Last Updated: 01/09/21 1:23pm

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal has ruled himself out of the T20 World Cup in the UAE later this year

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal has ruled himself out of the T20 World Cup in the UAE later this year

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal has opted out of this year’s T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, citing a lack of game time as he continues to recover from a knee injury.

Tamim hurt his knee during the April-May tour of Sri Lanka but chief selector Minhajul Abedin was optimistic Bangladesh’s one-day captain would regain his fitness ahead of the World Cup starting in October.

“Game time is the biggest reason. I haven’t been playing this format for a long time,” Tamim, who played the last of his 78 T20 internationals in March 2020, said in a video posted on his Facebook page.

“I don’t think my injury is a concern, because I think I’d be fit before the World Cup. The main reason is I don’t think it would be fair on those players who have played in the last 15-16 T20 matches that I haven’t played.”

Tamim’s selection in the World Cup squad was seen as a matter of him regaining his fitness and the 32-year-old said he was not quitting the 20-over format.

Bangladesh will play Scotland in their opening T20 World Cup match on October 17 in Muscat.





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