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Shakib likens Tamim's behaviour to a child's antics

Bangladesh ODI captain Shakib Al Hasan gave his opinion regarding Tamim Iqbal's exclusion from the World Cup squad in an exclusive interview with T Sports, aired on Wednesday night.

In a roundabout way, Shakib detailed that the decision to exclude Tamim was part of many processes and facts which he was not part of.

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He used Mahmudullah Riyad as an example.

"Mahmudullah Riyad bhai wasn't there but suddenly he came to the World Cup team. I felt he couldn't do that but his dedication, his responsibility for the team and his urge to play for the team, those things were noticed by all. So there is a difference," Shakib said, indicating that there was a difference in attitude between Mahmudullah and Tamim.

Tamim had said in a Facebook video yesterday, posted after the Bangladesh team's departure for India, that a board high-up had approached him to skip the first World Cup game and also bat lower down the order.

Shakib denied involvement in such a request being put to Tamim. He, however, likened Tamim's behaviour to a child's antics at the playground.

"I have not discussed anything like that so I don't know where the question is coming from….If someone made that proposal, is there something wrong with it? Or is it like you can't make a proposal like that? Like you have to tell a particular person that 'you do whatever you want?' It's like a childish behaviour where someone is saying 'it's my bat, only I will play.'

"For the good of the team, anyone should be ready to play in any position. It's about team first," he added.

Shakib also said why taking Tamim would have been a difficult proposition for him. "When I don't know whether someone is playing the third game or the seventh game and I will only know in the morning of the game, then it's difficult for me to select the team."

Shakib also asserted that he was willing to resign from captaincy after the Asia Cup (September 17) but didn't do so on request of BCB high-ups.

During the half-hour interview, the ace all-rounder also touched upon his individual plans for future, saying he might hang up his bat soon, with next year's T20 World Cup his last in that format and the 2025 Champions Trophy might be his last outing in ODIs. He said he might give up playing Tests even sooner, even though these are not chalked out yet.