Tamim announces six-month break from T20Is

Tamim has not played a T20I since March 2020 when he took field in the first of two T20Is against Zimbabwe at home. He has since taken breaks from T20I cricket citing fitness issues and revealed to media he would give up one format soon.

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Tamim Iqbal has announced that he will not take part in T20Is for the next six months after multiple discussions with Bangladesh Cricket Board members. 
Tamim has not played a T20I since March 2020 when he took field in the first of two T20Is against Zimbabwe at home. He has since taken breaks from T20I cricket citing fitness issues and revealed to media he would give up one format soon.
He was not part of the 2021 T20 World Cup team in Oman and UAE as he had ruled himself out before the squad announcement.
Nazmul Hassan Papon, the BCB President, recently revealed to the media that he requested Tamim to return but the 32-year-old denied.      
"There has been a lot of talks around my T20I future," Tamim said in his home city Chattogram, where his BPL team Minister Dhaka are staying. "I have had meetings with BCB President (Nazmul Hassan), Jalal bhai (cricket operations committee chairman Jalal Yunus), and Kazi Inam bhai (chairman of Bangladesh Tiger, shadow team). They definitely want me to continue in T20Is till the T20 World Cup (to be held in Oct-Nov in Australia). 
"I had a different vision. After all the discussions, the best outcome is I am not considering playing T20I cricket in the next six months. My focus will be on Tests and ODIs only during this period, as we have World Test Championship matches and I have to prepare for 2023 ODI World Cup."
This is not the first time a Bangladesh player has taken break from a certain format. In 2017 Shakib Al Hasan, who was later announced as Test captain, said he would not play Tests for six months to manage his workload. Bangladesh would go to play two Tests under Mushfiqur Rahim and lost both. Shakib was in the XI for three ODIs and two T20Is on that tour.
Tamim's last match for Bangladesh was in July when he led the Tigers to 3-0 ODI series win in Zimbabwe, carrying a knee injury. He is expected to lead Bangladesh in three ODIs against Afghanistan in February-March. The series also includes two T20Is. Following that, Bangladesh's next T20I match is not before June-July when they tour West Indies.