BCB to ask Tamim to reconsider T20I break

Bangladesh chief selector Minhajul Abedin said on Tuesday that they will try and persuade Tamim Iqbal to reconsider his decision to not play T20Is for the next six months. A day after announcing his decision to not play T20Is, Tamim scored a match-winning unbeaten hundred for Minister Dhaka against Sylhet Sunrisers to keep their hopes alive in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League.

Tamim is currently the highest run-scorer in the BPL scoring 262 runs including a century with an average of 52.40 and a strike rate of 135.75. He is expected to miss five T20Is during the next six months for the national side.

“Having experienced players in the team is always a positive thing as young players can learn a lot from them,” Minhajul told reporters at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on Tuesday.

“‘It’s Tamim’s personal decision and he decided after thinking a lot and we need to respect his decision,” he said. “But at the same time we are also requesting him to reconsider the decision and we are trying to bring him back as soon as possible in T20I’s,” he said adding that his current form suggested he would have done extremely well in the shortest format.