Right after the conclusion of the ODI series against West Indies on Saturday, Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal announced his retirement from the T20 Internationals.
Tamim, who captains the ODI team, posted a status on his official Facebook page confirming that he has retired from the shortest format.
“Consider me retired from T20 internationals from today. Thanks everyone,” Tamim wrote in Bangla.
Notably, on January 27, the southpaw took a six-month break from T20Is, though he did take part in the domestic T20 tournament.
“My full focus will be on Tests and ODIs. We are preparing for the World Test Championship and qualification for the 2023 World Cup. I will not be thinking about T20Is in the next six months. I hope that those playing will do so well, that the team won’t need me in T20Is. But if God forbid the team or cricket board needs me, and I am ready, I will possibly think about it,” Tamim had said.
The left-handed batter overall played 78 T20Is in which he scored 1758 runs at an average of 24.08 and a strike rate of 117.2 that included one hundred and seven half-centuries. The 33-year-old is the third highest run-getter for his country in the shortest format of the game.