Bangladesh’s regular ODI skipper Tamim Iqbal announced a shocking retirement before the second ODI against Afghanistan.
The sudden resignation of Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal has sent shockwaves through the side as they play their second ODI in three games against Afghanistan. Officials of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have announced a roster change. Bangladesh star wicketkeeper Lytton Das will replace Tamim as team captain, with Ronnie Tarukdar being the third opening pitcher in the remaining two games.
The home side lost the first ODI to the Afghan side by 17 points (DLS law), but the sudden departure of regular captain and star opener Tamim brought more darkness to the side. The left-handed hitter has led the team for two and a half years and has played on the international circuit for the last 16 years.
“We don’t have Tamim Iqbal, so we need to add another opener to the team, so Ronnie [Tarkudar] has been added to the team,” Kricbaz quoted a BCB official as saying. He also added that Lytton Kumar Das is expected to lead the team, but a new captain will be announced soon, with Shakib Al Hasan being the front-runner for the post.
It is worth noting that Tarukdar made their debut in the 50-over format in the home series against Ireland. At the ODI when he played, the 32-year-old was eliminated favorably. The right-handed hitter has done well in T20I for the Asian team with 200 RBIs and a batting average of over 139 in seven games.
New challenges await Litton Das after Tamim Iqbal resigns.
However, the Bangla Tigers do not have a regular captain, so without the most experienced batsmen, Hashmatullah Shahidi in the presence of a trio of star players, Rashid Khan, Mujib-ul-Rahman and Mohammad Nabi. It will be difficult to beat the team you lead. It has been Tamim’s replacement since 2022 and has also captained the team in the past in Tamim’s absence. It will be interesting to see how he leads the team after losing 1-0. The 2nd Bangladesh-Afghanistan ODI will start on Chatgram on Saturday 8th July.