Bangladesh rests off-form Tamim for Afghanistan Test, T20s

Bangladesh Cricket Board has decided to rest out-of-form opener Tamim Iqbal for next month’s one-off Test against Afghanistan following a request from the player, an official said on Saturday.

Tamim Iqbal will be available for Bangladesh's tour to India in November.   -  Getty Images

Bangladesh Cricket Board has decided to rest out-of-form opener Tamim Iqbal for next month’s one-off Test against Afghanistan following a request from the player, an official said on Saturday.

Afghanistan arrives later in August for its maiden Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong from September 5. Chief selector Minhajul Abedin said Tamim would also be rested during a tri-nation Twenty20 tournament from September 13 which will also involve Zimbabwe.

Abedin said the board had accepted Tamim’s request for a break.

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“He will now rest both in the Test match against Afghanistan and also the tri-nation tournament,” he said.

Bangladesh’s top run scorer in all formats, Tamim struggled in the recent World Cup where he scored only 235 in eight innings at 29.37 average. He was later made interim captain for a three-match one-day international series in Sri Lanka in the absence of injured skipper Mashrafe Mortaza.

But the leadership role failed to bring out his best as Tamim made only 21 runs in three matches and Bangladesh lost the series 0-3.

Team-mate Shakib Al Hasan, who did not play the Sri Lanka series, advised Tamim to take some time off to regain form.

Tamim is now expected to return during the November tour in India when Bangladesh are scheduled to play two Tests and three Twenty20 internationals.