The absence of veteran opener Tamim Iqbal from Bangladesh’s 15-person roster for the ODI World Cup in India, which begins on October 5, was one of the biggest news to come out of the announcement.
During their ODI series against Afghanistan in July, the southpaw served as Bangladesh’s captain. Tamim, however, made the decision to leave the show in the middle of it before consulting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and doing a U-turn. Following some back-and-forth, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) agreed to give Shakib Al Hasan the reins as captain for the 2023 Asia Cup and the World Cup that follows.
Tamim and Shakib’s relationship has recently been rocky. After being absent for Bangladesh’s recent series against New Zealand, the former because of a back injury, the Asia Cup. But Tamim revealed after the second One-Day International against the Kiwis that his back problem is still bothering him and that it might be impossible for him to play in every World Cup game.
The former captain was dropped because Shakib did not want to take the chance of fielding a player who was only partially fit for the major event. The 34-year-old said on Facebook that one of the many issues he encountered on the way to selection was that a senior board member had requested him to object to the order. Shakib answered by saying that a cricket player must play for the team, not for himself or herself.