BCB confident of Tamim Iqbal’s availability for T20 World Cup
By Tanushka Gain
on Mon Aug 23 2021
Bangladesh’s veteran opener Tamim Iqbal is likely to be fit in time for the upcoming edition of the ICC T20 World Cup. While in the UAE and Oman in October-November. Tamim Iqbal is currently undergoing a rehabilitation program to recover from a knee injury. He opted not to play for a long time after a one-day series against Zimbabwe in July.
BCB Chief Physician Debashish Choudhary said on Saturday (August 21) that Bangladesh are confident of Tamim Iqbal’s participation in the T20 World Cup considering his recovery rate. Chowdhury said that “Tamim is recovering very well. The injury requires rest and rehabilitation. We planned it accordingly and he is responding very well.”
“From next week, he will start the skill session. Which will start with some knocks at home and later (he will) start the net session. So far, he has completed almost five weeks. And he has done without any complaints. Have completed the gym session. When he starts running and participates in skill sessions, we can have a clear picture of his recovery. But the way he is improving, we believe he t Will definitely be available for 20 World Cups.”
Tamim Iqbal suffered a major injury to his right knee during Bangladesh’s two-Test tour of Sri Lanka in April-May. He later featured in the home ODI series against Sri Lanka as well as in the Bangabandhu Dhaka Premier Division T20 League. However, he had to leave the tournament midway due to injury while playing in the league and missed the one-off Test against Zimbabwe.
Tamim Iqbal did not participate in the T20I series against Zimbabwe. While he also skipped the five-match T20I series against Australia. He will be unavailable for selection for the upcoming five-match T20I series against New Zealand, scheduled from September 1. The 32-year-old left-handed batsman last played a T20I against Zimbabwe in March 2020. And has since skipped four consecutive T20I series.
BCB chief selector Minhajul Abedin also reassured Tamim Iqbal’s availability for the world tournament despite being absent for a while in the T20I format. “I see no doubt. Tamim is one of the best batsmen in the country. And there is no question about it. He will play when he is fully fit and he is with the team. We will keep a close eye on him. are keeping.
Tamim Iqbal has already consulted Australian surgeon David Young. who suggested long rest. The comeback was expected against southeast England during the home white-ball series after the matches against New Zealand. But later it was rescheduled to 2023.
The Bangladesh team for the T20 World Cup is going to be announced during the home series against New Zealand. By then BCB hopes to get a clear picture of Tamim’s progress.