Shakib Al Hasan Asks Teammate Tamim to Take a Break

Written by Rohit Pawar

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan on Thursday asked out-of-form teammate Tamim Iqbal to take some time away from international cricket, saying he will emerge stronger after some rest.

Bangladesh were whitewashed 0-3 in a one-day international series in Sri Lanka after Tamim was made the interim captain in the absence of regular skipper Mashrafe Mortaza and vice-captain Shakib.

Tamim struggled with form throughout the series, making just 21 runs in three matches with scores of 0, 19 and 2.

“I think the important thing for him now is to take some rest, recover well, feel fresh and come back strongly. I am sure he will do this,” Shakib said of Tamim to reporters in Dhaka.

In World Cup too, he scored just 235 runs in eight innings at 29.37, which included only one fifty against Australia.

Shakib, who is expected to play in next month’s home series against Afghanistan, said Bangladesh should rotate players to keep them fresh.

“It’s not possible for a player to play when he feels stretched. So these breaks are important. These breaks also create opportunity for others,” added Shakib.



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