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Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal khan revealed a top management from Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) asked him not to play the first game against Afghanistan in the World Cup and also gave another option to bat in the middle order if he plays.
Former ODI skipper Tamim Iqbal exposed in his 12 minutes long video that he was surprised and angry because he has never batted at lower order in his career.
Tamim remarked BCB played a dirty game and that's why he opted out of the World Cup due to unfair treatment.
"A top BCB official who is very much involved with the team called me and said 'You're going to the World Cup, we have to manage you, better you sit out in the Afghanistan match. I was shocked and replied "It's still 12-13 days to go before the match. I will be in good condition by then. Why won't I play?"
"Even if you play, we are planning to make you bat down the order," Tamim quoted the BCB official in his Facebook video.
"One has to understand my mental state. It was not possible for me to accept something like that. I never played at even three or four in my 17-year career. I didn't take it in a good way."
"I didn't like the idea (of sitting out or batting down the order). I felt I was being forced to opt-out. Then I told him to not send me to India if they had this plan in their mind. I didn't want to be part of these dirty games," he further said.
Tamim also dismissed about his ‘five game’ playing condition rumor and said it was not the issue about his omission from the World Cup squad.
He played a 44-run innings in the second ODI against New Zealand and mentioned he was in a very good position mentally after that match but felt some discomfort during the match.
"I never told anyone that I would play five matches in the World Cup, I'm not denying there was no discomfort, I even said that in the post-match press conference. But I wasn't injured."