Tamim rejects CPL call
The 2020 edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will start from August 18. Tiger opener Tamim Iqbal was not roped in the auction but later he was offered to play in the tournament by a franchise with a lucrative payment. However, considering the overall situation, Tamim Iqbal said 'no' to the franchise.
Tamim himself said this while talking to a media in the country on Wednesday. He said he would decline the offer after considering several aspects. The country's best opener said he was offered a salary of 90,000 dollars (Over 76,000 lakh BDT) to play in this year's CPL.
Tamim said the proposal was interesting enough. But I had to think a lot before saying no to them. First of all, the coronavirus situation in our country is not good yet. It is very difficult to come back quickly if someone in my family is infected with coronavirus after I go to play. Air traffic around the world, including the Caribbean islands, is not yet normal. It is difficult to play with so much tension.
The Bangladesh ODI team skipper also said, "I have to think if the Dhaka Premier League game starts after Eid." Because my club has made their teams and plans around me. I have decided not to play in the tournament considering everything. I told the CPL franchise that it is not possible to play in the tournament considering the current situation but thank you for showing interest in me."
All the 33 matches of the CPL will be held in Trinidad and Tobago this time due to coronavirus pandemic. Starting from the cricketers of all the teams and everyone involved in the tournament will be kept in the same hotel. Earlier, Tamim played for St. Lucia Jukes in CPL 2013.