The grand stage is all set for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 which will be played in the United Arab Emirates and Oman. The global event was all set to take place in India but the COVID-19 crisis forced BCCI to move the tournament to the gulf country. The event will take place from October 17 to November 14.
The ICC has already revealed the itinerary for the mega event and with less than two months remaining for the start of the event, the boards of the respective nations will be under immense pressure about who to pick and whom not to pick. Among all the teams Australia and New Zealand have named their squad while fans of other nations are eagerly waiting for their teams to name their squad for the global event.
In what will be a major blow for the Bangladesh cricket team, senior opener Tamim Iqbal has pulled himself out of the upcoming T20 World Cup.
It is learned that the southpaw has himself opted out of the mega event, stating that he doesn’t want to take the place of younger players who have performed well for the team in his absence.
“Since I didn’t take part in the last 15-16 T20s, it won’t be fair to come suddenly and take the place of the other who played well in those games,” Tamim was quoted as saying in United News of Bangladesh.
Notably, the left-handed batsman has been out of the national T20 team due to his injury woes and has played only three T20Is since January 2019, the last of which he played against Zimbabwe in March 2020.
The Bangladesh cricket team has been in red hot formin the T20 internationals. They recently thumped Australia 4-1 in the five-T20I series and are currently locking horns against New Zealand in the T20I series. Even though the Tamim Iqbal’s unavailability for the T20 World Cup will create a huge void for the Mahmudullah-led side but the likes of Linton Das, Mohammad Naim Shaikh, Soumya Sarkar and Mahedi Hasan can step up on the occasion and deliver for their team.