Bangladesh cricketer Tamim Iqbal has decided not to play T20 Internationals for the next six months.
"I have decided not to consider the T20I format and I want to focus on ODI and Test cricket," said Tamim after a practice session with his Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) side Minister Group Dhaka at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram today (Jan 27).
Tamim, however, said he would return to the T20I side if needed, the southpaw hoped that such a situation will not arise.
He said: "I hope in the six months, those who play do so well that the team would not require me for this format. But if the team does not do well during that period, then I will think about it."
Tamim also said: "In the last few days, I have been doing meetings with the BCB president (Nazmul Hassan) and Jalal (Yunus) bhai and Kazi Inam (Ahmed). They wanted me to continue T20Is till the World Cup (this year). I had a different sort of thinking. My full focus will be on Tests and ODIs."
Tamim Iqbal had been mostly away from Bangladesh's T20I side for the past 12 months.
BDST: 1845 HRS, JAN 27, 2022