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Bangladesh Reveals 15-Member Squad for World Cup 2023, Omitting Tamim Iqbal

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) unveiled the 15-member Bangladesh squad for the upcoming World Cup 2023, scheduled to take place in India from October 5 to November 19. The announcement was made following the conclusion of the third and final One Day International (ODI) between Bangladesh and New Zealand at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. However, the most significant omission from the squad was veteran opener Tamim Iqbal.

Tamim Iqbal, who recently made a comeback in the series against New Zealand, was left out of the World Cup squad due to concerns surrounding his fitness. The southpaw had returned to international cricket after a brief injury layoff and featured in the first ODI against New Zealand before being rested. His inclusion had been a subject of speculation, given the uncertainties about his physical condition.

The decision to exclude Tamim from the World Cup squad marked a significant development, considering his stature as one of Bangladesh’s most accomplished and experienced cricketers. Tamim had earlier announced his retirement from international cricket but reversed his decision at the request of the Bangladesh Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina.

Additionally, it was reported that Nafees Iqbal, Bangladesh’s logistics manager and Tamim Iqbal’s elder brother, had resigned from his position and would not be accompanying the team to India.

In Tamim’s absence, Tanzim Hasan Tamim is expected to step into the opening role for Bangladesh in the World Cup. Najmul Hossain Shanto, who returned to the squad for the third ODI against New Zealand after missing out on the Asia Cup 2023, has been included as well.

The squad also features the experienced Mahmudullah, who recently achieved the milestone of scoring 10,000 runs in international cricket, including 5,000 runs in ODIs. Mahmudullah’s inclusion adds depth and experience to the middle order, complementing the batting prowess of Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan.

Tanzim Hasan Sakib, who made a notable debut against India during the Asia Cup 2023’s Super Four match, secured his place in the World Cup squad. Hasan Mahmud, Taskin Ahmed, and Shoriful Islam were named as the fast bowlers in the team.

Notably, Soumya Sarkar and Nurul Hasan Sohan, who featured in the series against New Zealand, failed to secure spots in the World Cup squad. Bangladesh’s all-rounder lineup includes Shakib Al Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, and Mahedi Hasan.

As Bangladesh prepares to participate in the World Cup 2023, the omission of Tamim Iqbal raises questions about the team’s batting order and opening partnership. The selectors have opted for a squad they believe can compete effectively in the prestigious tournament, and the team’s performance will be closely watched by cricket enthusiasts and fans around the world.

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