Bangladesh’s 15-man ODI World Cup lineup in India does not include a ‘partially fit’ Tamim Iqbal. After a back ailment, retirement, and captain role change, the seasoned hitter returned against New Zealand.
He couldn’t play in the first game of the series against New Zealand because the game was called off, but he scored 44 runs in the second ODI. After the game, he said that his back was still bothering him.
BCB top selector Minhajul Abedin said, “We all know that Tamim Iqbal is out for a long time because of an injury. He came back for the series in New Zealand. There was some complaining after the first game. We didn’t put him on the team because we thought he might get hurt. Before making this choice, we talked to everyone involved. We talked about it with Tamim. What we talked about is a secret. We talked about it with the team’s leaders and decided not to take a chance during a long World Cup run. It’s a really big deal.”
The BCB had planned to unveil the World Cup selection at 5:45 pm on Tuesday, but they delayed it until after the third ODI between Bangladesh and New Zealand. The extra two hours fueled suspicion of a last-minute alteration, but none occurred.
As per the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Fixture, Bangladesh will play their first 2023 Cricket World Cup match against Afghanistan on 7 October 2023.
Bangladesh World Cup Squad
Shakib Al Hasan (c), Litton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Tanzid Hasan, Towhid Hridoy, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mehidy Hasan, Mahedi Hasan, Tanzim Sakib, Nasum Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Hasan Mahmud, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman.