In a significant development, former Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal has revealed his plans to make a competitive return to cricket through the upcoming Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). The seasoned batter, who opted out of the World Cup and is currently unavailable for the Test series against New Zealand, announced this decision following a meeting with Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan.

Tamim, aged 34, disclosed his intentions during an impromptu media briefing at his residence, shedding light on the tumultuous period he experienced in Bangladesh cricket. His absence from the World Cup was attributed to his reluctance to be part of what he referred to as the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s ‘dirty game.’ This decision was preceded by a series of events, including Tamim’s retirement, subsequent return, resignation as captain, and an apparent rejection of a middle-order role offered to him.

The media briefing served as a platform for Tamim to clarify his stance. “After the World Cup, I felt that there should be a decision about my international future. Throughout my career, I have always kept myself away from indecision,” he explained, expressing his commitment to transparent communication.

The meeting with BCB president Nazmul Hasan was crucial in determining the course of Tamim’s cricketing journey. Despite the challenging timing, with a Test match against New Zealand looming, Tamim emphasized the importance of addressing the matter promptly to avoid impacting the game.

“I had taken a decision about my future. Everyone knows about it. I had an understanding. I had to communicate with the cricket board officials. I spoke to the board president about a lot of things. We had an open discussion. He shared a lot of things too. I told him what I want to do,” Tamim stated.

The decision-making process extended into discussions about when to make his return. The board president suggested waiting until January due to his involvement in the national parliamentary elections. Tamim plans to resume playing cricket from the BPL, providing clarity on his future thereafter.

While Tamim shared his perspective, Nazmul Hasan emphasized the need for a comprehensive understanding before making decisions. He outlined his intention to delve deep into the matter after the elections, ensuring a thorough examination of the circumstances leading to Tamim’s absence from the World Cup.

In the midst of these developments, Nazmul Hasan also announced that he will not seek re-election to the BCB president post at the end of his third term. Despite impending changes in leadership, he pledged to steer the team in the right direction, expressing a willingness to make tough decisions if necessary.

The coming weeks are set to bring more clarity regarding Tamim’s future and the direction of Bangladesh cricket under evolving leadership.

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