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Tamim Iqbal should take time off cricket and come back stronger, suggests Shakib Al Hasan

Shakib Al Hasan urged Tamim Iqbal, who averaged less than 30 in the World Cup and scored only 21 runs in the recent three-match series against Sri Lanka, to take a break and come back to cricket mentally fitter
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Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has urged opener Tamim Iqbal to take some time away from cricket and come back stronger after some rest. The team was whitewashed 0-3 in a three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka last month, and Tamim led the side in the absence of regular skipper Mashrafe Mortaza and vice-captain Shakib. 

Tamim struggled to find form in the series, scoring only 21 runs with scores of 0, 19 and 2. 

"I think the important thing for him now is to take some rest, recover well, feel fresh and come back strongly. I am sure he will do this," Shakib said of Tamim to reporters in Dhaka.

Tamim had also struggled in the World Cup 2019, scoring 235 runs in eight innings at an average of just over 29 and just one fifty that came against Australia. 

Against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh were also missing Liton Das and Mohammad Saifuddin, and it was hoped that Tamim could raise his game. Howeevr, that was not the case.

Frequent injuries and inconsistencies have long troubled Bangladesh, and Shakib had a solution to reduce the injury concerns in his team. 

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

"I can give you the example of India. Last year there were fewer injuries to players. One reason is they played with a rotation policy," Shakib added.\

Bangladesh will next play Afghanistan in September.

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