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Tamim Iqbal requests BCB for a break from cricket

Tamim Iqbal has asked the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to give him a break from international cricket after a string of below-par performances with the bat.

The opening batsman has requested some time off from the game ahead of Bangladesh's packed home season that will feature a one-off Test against Asian rivals Afghanistan and a tri-nations T20 series involving Zimbabwe as the third participant.

Tamim has been undergoing an extended lean patch for several months as he failed to make an impact in the World Cup that saw Mashrafe Mortaza's men finish eighth on the ten-team table.

Tamim's fortunes further dwindled when he could manage just 21 runs across three innings in the ODI series against Sri Lanka while captaining Bangladesh for the first time in his career in the absence of Mashrafe.

According to an ESPNCricinfo report, Tamim's request has been accepted by the BCB authorities and he will thus sit out the upcoming games.

The southpaw has scored a grand total of 12,832 runs across all formats of international cricket including 21 centuries.

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Tamim penned a letter to BCB urging the board to provide him a "mental break" to recover from his significant slump in form.

The BCB decision to grant Tamim rest follows Shakib Al Hasan's suggestion to the board to adopt a clear rotation policy in order to keep the mental and physical wellbeing of players intact.

Shakib had stressed on the importance of workload management giving the example of India as a cricketing nation which allows its seasoned campaigners ample rest.

"It's not possible for a player to play when he feels stretched. So these breaks are important," said Shakib.