Tamim Iqbal, whose inconsistent form and injuries have been a major source of concern, has withdrawn from the T20I World Cup. Iqbal delivered his statement in a video, stating that it would be unfair if he directly took a youngster’s seat despite missing several recent trips owing to recurrent injuries.

Prior to making the news on his official Facebook page, Iqbal notified BCB president Nazmul Hassan and chief selector Minhajul Abedin of his decision on Wednesday.

Iqbal, on the other hand, made it plain that he was not retiring from T20Is, but that taking the position of those players who had been tried in his place would be unfair considering his lack of involvement in the T20 World Cup build-up.

In Iqbal’s absence, Soumya Sarkar and Mohammad Naim primarily opened, while Liton Das and Mahedi Hasan are the other two options who might potentially fill those roles. Bangladesh has yet to name their T20 World Cup roster, but all four players are expected to be included.

Iqbal stated that he would have been healthy in time for the tournament, but the lack of T20s also influenced his decision.

Iqbal was a fixture in Bangladesh’s T20I team until March of this year, when he pulled out of the New Zealand series. It sparked suspicion that he was going to exit the format, but Iqbal later clarified that playing all three forms at this point in his career wasn’t “optimal.” Due to a knee injury, he also missed the T20Is against Zimbabwe and Australia.