Tamim Iqbal suddenly announced his retirement from international cricket on July 6. Then his return to cricket was quite dramatic. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina summoned Tamim through Mashrafe bin Murtaza, unable to get in touch with anyone from BCB. Then a meeting was held there in the presence of BCB President Nazmul Hasan Papon and Tamim-Mashrafi. After two months of rest, the country’s best opener returned with the New Zealand series. Now that Tamim is not in the World Cup team, Mashrafe bin Mortaza has brought up the issue of pre-meeting with the Prime Minister.
Referring to Tamim’s retirement in a video message, Mashrafe said, “When any player in the world retires, every player loves this game very much.” So they are not in a good mood when leaving. We have seen his manifestation when he announced his retirement in Chittagong. But she couldn’t speak properly due to emotion, cried. However, he did not blame anyone there. It means clearly that Tamim went into retirement knowingly.
What happened then? No one on the board could contact him. Ken wanted to contact, because there is no need for Tamim to go into retirement at that moment. Then the Prime Minister called Tamim and spoke for a long time, about one and a half to two hours. Finally, the important thing was the message – the Prime Minister wanted Tamim to play in the World Cup. Tamim later came in front of the media and made that revelation. After that there is no question that I must play.
He said, “I don’t think there was any need for any further discussion on the matter which has reached the prime minister.” If there is a team discussion it is the coach-captain-team management who are there; If they went to India and did what they had to do. Now there may be talk of Tamim going there after making the offer if he syncreates. These things happen in every professional team in every country in the world. If there is a problem tactically, it is the responsibility of the coach-captain and the particular player to manage it.
Mashrafe said about going to the BCB office on the morning of the World Cup team announcement, “I was called to the BCB specifically to say something, not actually to announce any decision.” I am not from BCB, I am not in any post that I will talk about team selection or any situation. I don’t have that opportunity, I have talked about cricket from a personal place. So there is no selection or any other involvement with my departure.
Mashrafe’s words indicate that there is a problem in BCB’s management, ‘Man management has to be done in any profession in the world, whether it is at home or outside. It is very important. Tamim has been playing cricket for a long time, we all know what he likes and dislikes. Everyone knows that saying anything to him will be a problem. So I think it should have been given a little more thought as to who can or cannot be told something. Because if man management is not right then everything goes wrong. I think it should have been a little better.