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Bangladesh leave out Tamim Iqbal for Afghanistan Test, T20s

Bangladesh Cricket Board have rested senior opener Tamim Iqbal for the home season following the struggling batsman's request to spend some time away from the game.

Bangladesh are scheduled to face Afghanistan for a one-off Test that commences on September 5, after which they will participate in a tri-nation T20 tournament involving Zimbabwe as the third team.

Chief selector Minhajul Abedin said the board had conceded to Tamim's demands and granted him a break from cricket.

"He will now rest both in the Test match against Afghanistan and also the tri-nation tournament," he said.

The 30-year-old, who is Bangladesh's highest run-scorer across all formats, could muster only 235 runs in eight innings at a paltry average of 29.37 in the World Cup where his side failed to reach the semi-finals.

He was then entrusted with the captaincy baton for the ODI series in Sri Lanka last month in the absence of regular skipper Mashrafe Mortaza.

The leadership role could not overturn Tamim's dwindling batting fortunes as he registered just 21 runs in the three games with Bangladesh losing the series 0-3.

In light of Tamim's repeated failures, Shakib Al Hasan asked his team-mate to some time off to regain physical and mental strength.

He will now return to the cricket action in November when Bangladesh is expected to tour India to play two Tests and three T20Is.