Tamim Iqbal hits out at BCB, claims he would have been fit to play World Cup

tamim iqbal A day after this he targeted BCB Was dropped from Bangladesh’s World Cup squadStating that he would have been fit in time for the tournament and that the board had “deliberately” created a difficult environment for him in the days before the squad was announced.

In a video posted on his Facebook account, Tamim, 34, said he had told a senior BCB official that he did not want to be in the World Cup squad when the board was “creating hurdles one after another”. .

Bangladesh chief selector Minhajul Abedin had said that Tamim’s persistent back injury had led to his being dropped from the team and that he and his colleagues had taken the decision following the advice of the medical staff that he would be included in the list after the second ODI against New Zealand. It would be best if Tamim is rested. Last week.

Some of Tamim’s disappointments date back to when Nazmul Hasan was the BCB president. punished him To tell the press that he was playing even though he was not 100% fit. Bangladesh were in the middle of the ODI series against Afghanistan and Hasan said that if a player is not physically ready then they will not risk him and if Tamim is on the team sheet then it means he is ready.

In his video, Tamim opened up about the incident – which led him to retirees For a while – and said that was why he felt he needed to explain his situation to the selectors.

“I told the selectors (after the second ODI against New Zealand) that my body is going to be like this. I will be in a little bit of pain. So keep that in mind when you pick the team,” he said. “There is a reason for this. If you remember the match after which I retired, there were concerns about my injury. When I spoke to the physio and the coach, they agreed that I should play the first game ( Should play against Afghanistan on July 5.” ) I’m sure you know what was said in the media at the time: If he’s not fit, he shouldn’t play. I found it surprising because we all agreed (that I was going to play).

“(This time) I did not want to create any more controversy, which is why I, with all sincerity from my side, told the selectors to keep my injury in mind while selecting me. The reason for this was that I played all the nine matches. Could play.” World Cup without any problems. World Cup matches have a gap of at least three or four days apart from the first two matches. Any healthy person can get injured after two matches. He is sent home. A replacement is sent in his place. When someone is injured you can always get a replacement. I told (the selectors) clearly.”

After missing the home series against Afghanistan and the subsequent Asia Cup, Tamim returned for the ODI series against New Zealand. He played the first two matches but missed the third game, at the end of which Bangladesh’s World Cup squad was announced without him.

Tamim said he has been cleared to play the third ODI and the only reason for him being rested is to be in better shape for the practice matches ahead of the World Cup.

‘The physio report said I had pain after the first and second matches: ‘Based on today’s assessment, he is available for the match on 26 September.’ But the medical department felt that if I rest on September 26, because we are traveling the next day, we have a practice game on September 28 (29), and then another practice game on October 1 or 2. ‘

“He said if I rest for the September 26 ODI and play the second practice match before the first (World Cup) match, I will have enough time. By this time I will have two weeks of rehabilitation. Overall, I am I will complete ten weeks of rehab so I will be in better shape to play First game (of the World Cup), It was absolutely in the report.”

Tamim dismissed rumors claiming that he wanted to play only five matches in the World Cup. “Nowhere was there mention of five matches, two matches, injury, I won’t be able to play. I am not denying that I had pain, which I mentioned in the press conference (after the second ODI against New Zealand) ” Abedin confirmed this during his press conference on Tuesday.

Tamim also revealed a phone conversation he had with a top board official soon after playing his first ODI innings in more than two months. He created 44 runs on 58 balls With seven boundaries from his traditional position at the top of the order.

“He said you’re going to the World Cup where you have to manage. ‘Do one thing, don’t play the first game against Afghanistan.’ I had said Brother, you are talking about something that is going to happen 12 or 13 days later. By then I will be in good shape. Why wouldn’t I play?

“They said if you play we are planning that you will bat lower down the order. You have to consider my mindset at that time. I had just played a good innings. I was happy. Suddenly, now all these things. This was hard for me to take.

“I have been playing in the same position for 17 years. I have never batted at No. 3 or 4. I have no experience of batting in the middle order. So naturally I did not approach this conversation well. took.

“I didn’t like what they (officials) said. I felt I was being forcibly restrained. So he has crossed one hurdle (fitness), let’s create another hurdle for him. I felt that way.”

“So I said if you have that mentality, don’t send me to the World Cup. I don’t want to be in this mess. Every day you’re going to put me through something like this. I don’t want to do that.” In this.”

Tamim ended the 12-minute video by saying that it was a “deliberate” attempt by the BCB to remove him from the Bangladesh team. “There could be a strange incident. The next incident could be a misunderstanding. But if there are seven or eight such incidents, it is deliberate.”

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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