Watch: Bangladesh Captain Tamim Iqbal Breaks Down While Announcing Sudden Retirement
Bangladesh ODI captain and one of their most accomplished all format cricketers Tamim Iqbal on Thursday announced his retirement with immediate effect
Bangladesh ODI captain and one of their most accomplished all format cricketers Tamim Iqbal on Thursday announced his retirement with immediate effect, just three months ahead of the 50-over World Cup in India. The 34-year-old left-handed batter made the shock announcement a day after his team lost the opening ODI against Afghanistan here. "This is the end for me. I have given my best. I have tried my best. I am retiring from international cricket from this moment," said Iqbal.
"I want to thank all my teammates, coaches, BCB officials, my family members, and those who have been with me through my long journey. They kept faith in me," he added.
He broke down during the press conference.
Seeing Tamim Iqbal crying broke my heart.But I must say it was a timely decision.He always said he wanted the best for the team.His announcement of retirement rather than prioritizing the big event like the World Cup is proof of wanting the best of the team.A legend of Bangladesh pic.twitter.com/lXK3CtYYkF— Samiul Alam Sami (@SsSamiulSami73) July 6, 2023
A hard hitter of the ball, Iqbal played 70 Tests amassing 5,134 runs including 10 centuries and a double ton in his 16 year career.
It was in the ODIs that his true potential was realised as a top-order batter, where the stalwart amassed 8,313 runs in 241 games including 14 centuries -- the most for his country. He is also the third-highest run-scorer among current cricketers, behind Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.
"I also want to thank the fans. Your love and faith in me inspired me to give my very best for Bangladesh. I want to ask for your prayers for the next chapter of my life. Please keep me in your prayers," added Iqbal in his retirement speech.
The cricketer made his international debut in 2007 amassing 15,000 runs in international cricket, including 25 centuries and 94 half-centuries.
Iqbal had quit T20I cricket last year and played his last Test against Ireland in April.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) are yet to announce a successor for Iqbal in the 50-over format.