Tamim to lead BD in ODI WC: Papon
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has confirmed that Tamim Iqbal will remain the captain for the upcoming World Cup. There were discussions regarding Tamim’s retirement and a subsequent change in decision after a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina a few days ago.
After taking a six-week break, he returned with uncertainty about his captain status. Tamim discovered that the BCB was circulating rumours about Shakib Al Hasan being given the ODI captaincy, leading him to retire prematurely for a second reason. Despite this, the issue remains open and unresolved.
But Papon cleared the air today regarding the captaincy while talking to the reporters in a local hotel in the city.
I will tell you a straightforward thing: Tamim will be our captain in the World Cup. There’s no doubt in it,” Papon said. “Since Tamim didn’t play the last two matches against Afghanistan, Liton Das led the side. If Tamim returns to the team, he will lead the side. If he doesn’t come, we’ll choose another one. We still are not sure when he will be back.” Tamim’s back injury needed an operation to be adequately healed, but he would have to be sidelined for four to six months, meaning his World Cup participation would be left in limbo.
Tamim recently brought up a sensitive topic during interviews with two media outlets. He expressed concern about his gym workout, which he believed caused his backache to return. Tamim questioned whether his exercise was appropriate and why he was doing forbidden activities. He also wondered why exercises that wouldn’t have caused complications with his injury weren’t being done instead. This line of thought should be considered.
Also, be found out,” Tamim said. Papon also raised a question: “That means, do they, who gave him the exercise, want to harm him?” “I don’t want to comment on that. Because I don’t know why he said this, under what circumstances he said it. For two years, we have been doing whatever he wants, at home and abroad, for treatment, whatever he says. We haven’t heard of anything else before. Now he is saying that he has to give injections or surgery. Fine, we’ll do whatever it takes. We are willing to do whatever it takes to heal him. There is no doubt about this. But I don’t know why he made this comment.” Papon also talked about the return of Mahmudullah Riyad, saying that he had no idea whether the allrounder could make his way to the team.
“I have no idea, honestly. He didn’t play the last series. He was out of the team. The management could say whether he did enough to force his way back to the side.”