Bangladesh opener and one-day international captain Tamim Iqbal is not interested in playing T20 cricket, according to Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan Papon.
His remark came just hours after Tamim scored his second half-century in the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 event. Minister Group Dhaka lost both of those matches despite his efforts.
"Last time when I talked to him over telephone, I told him to get back to T20 cricket. I said you are our best opener so why you would quit this format. You must play," Papon said on Saturday.
"He just told me one thing that "please don't force me." If you force me, I have to play. But I really don't want to play this format. When he said this, it seems to me that I should not force him further. If anyone doesn't want to play, I should not force him,” Papon added.
Tamim last played T20 International cricket in 2020, after which he was sidelined for a long period due to injury. He withdrew his name from the T20 World Cup squad by showing the reason that those who played regularly in this format, should be included in the squad ahead of him.
The rumour was that T20 captain Mahmudullah Riyad does not want Tamim in the World Cup squad since he has been away of the game for a long time enraged the opener to the point that he withdrew his name. This rumour was debunked by both Tamim and Riyad.
Tamim's lethargic attitude in the T20 format has also been heavily criticized for some time. His slow batting placed his reputation in jeopardy, according to critics.