World Cup 2023: With the World Cup 2023 just around the corner, the air should be thick with anticipation and excitement. However, for Bangladesh cricket, the run-up has been marred by controversy surrounding the exclusion of their seasoned opener, Tamim Iqbal. Officially, Iqbal’s omission from the squad was attributed to injuries, but recent revelations suggest a murkier backstory.

In a candid Facebook post, the left-handed opener shed light on the circumstances that led to his exclusion. Iqbal detailed a conversation with a high-ranking official from the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). According to him, he was approached with a proposal to change his batting position to the middle order. His refusal to accept this unexpected change in role, he claims, resulted in his name being dropped from World Cup considerations.

Giving information about these important revelations, Tamim said that he does not want to be a part of this ‘dirty game’. They said BCB Ke Ek Adhikari Ne Mujhe Bataya Hae Ki Aap World Cup Khelne Jaooge To Hame Tumhare Fitnes Ko Lekar Kuch Intjam Karne Honge. Esliye Tumko Afganistan Ke Khilaf Pahla Match Nahi Khelna Hoga. Vahi Eske Bad Aap Fit Bhi Ho Jate To Aapko Nichle Karm Me Ballebaji Karne Ko Diya Jayega. Lekin Unhone Es Faisle Ko Enkar Kar Diya.

Bangladesh Cricketar Tamim Iqbal(Batsman)

Tamim was not ready to bat down and told the official, Mae Opnar Ballebaji Pichle 17 Sal Se Kar Rahe Hai. Lekin Aaj Tak Kabhi Ham Number 3 Ya 4 Battin Kabhi Kiye Hi Nahi Hae Esliye Ham Unse Kaha Ki Agar Aap Aasa Soch Rahe Ho To Mujhe World Cup Khelne Mat Bhaijiye Kyoki Ham Es Gande Khel Ka Hissa Nahi Lena Chathe Hai.

Tamim Iqbal(Batsman)

World Cup 2023: The BCB has maintained that Iqbal’s exclusion was solely based on his injury concerns. This narrative, however, was contradicted by Iqbal himself. Citing a physio report, he emphasized that the recommendation was for him to rest only until the conclusion of the last two matches of the ongoing New Zealand series and the first warm-up match for the World Cup. This timeline would’ve allowed him ample recovery time, making him available for the second warm-up and the World Cup’s inaugural match.

The discrepancies between the BCB’s stance and Iqbal’s revelations have ruffled many feathers. It exposes a complex underbelly of decisions made off the field, where players’ fates can be sealed not just by performance or fitness but possibly by internal politics and power plays.

Tamim Iqbal
Tamim Iqbal

World Cup 2023: For fans of Bangladesh cricket and the game at large, these unfolding events offer a sobering reminder that the beautiful game of cricket is not immune to controversies and backstage machinations. As the World Cup approaches, the hope remains that the on-field action will overshadow these off-field dramas, ensuring the spirit of the game remains undiminished.