Tamim Iqbal's Availability for Asia Cup Depends on Fitness, Says BCB
Tamim Iqbal's Availability for Asia Cup Depends on Fitness, Says BCB

Bangladesh: The Bangladesh Cricket Board officially announced on Tuesday (July 11) that they will talk with Tamim Iqbal about the ODI captaincy whenever he becomes eligible after his six-week vacation.

Earlier, Tamim made the decision to postpone his retirement one day after announcing that he would hang up his boots with immediate effect, but he remained quiet about his plans to resume leading the ODI team.

"Tamim is going to Dubai. He will go to the UK on July 25 or 26. He has taken two appointments in two medical centers in London," BCB's Cricket Operation Chairman Jalal Yunus told reporters in Chattogram on Tuesday.

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"First let him come. We are discussing it (captaincy) with him. There is an issue with his fitness. He (Tamim) said - let me come and then will discuss it," he added.

For the Asia Cup, a preliminary team will be assembled, and Tamim's availability would depend on his level of fitness, according to Jalal. Tamim announced his sudden retirement from international cricket after playing the first game of the three-match ODI series while dealing with a stiff back that prevented him from playing in the lone Test against Afghanistan.

"We will give out a 25-26-member preliminary squad (for Asia Cup) and we will know when he can join the camp. We will be watching his fitness to decide on that," he said. "Everyone would get a rest till 30th (July). Some would go to play outside. Then we would begin our preparations (for Asia Cup) with a conditioning camp."

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Jalal said that the board's decision on whether to bring the former captain on board will determine whether Mashrafe Mortaza joins the national team as a mentor.

After meeting Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who was instrumental in getting Tamim to come out of retirement, Tamim was described as saying that if Mortaza accompanied the national team as a mentor, he would be released from his political obligations.

"The board will take the decision (regarding Mashrafe mentoring Bangladesh in the World Cup). He is a member of parliament and an ex-captain. He must come officially. He is a good leader. We will talk to him if he comes to the board," concluded Jalal.

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