BCB Confident of Tamim’s Availability For T20 World Cup
Tamim Iqbal, Bangladesh’s seasoned opener, is expected to be fit for the ICC T20 World Cup, which will take place in the UAE and Oman in October and November. Tamim is recovering from a knee injury after taking a long sabbatical after the ODI series against Zimbabwe in July. Bangladesh is optimistic about Tamim’s participation in the T20 World Cup, according to BCB chief physician Debashish Chowdhury.
“Tamim is recovering quite well. This injury required rest and rehabilitation. We planned it accordingly and he is responding to it very well,” said Chowdhury.
“From the next week, he will start the skill session that will begin with some knocking at home and later (he will be) starting the net session. So far, he has completed almost five weeks and he completed the gym sessions without any complaint.
When he starts running and participates in the skill session, we can have a clearer picture of his recovery. But the way he is improving, we are confident that he will be available for the T20 World Cup,” he added.
Injury to his right knee during Bangladesh’s two-Test tour of Sri Lanka
Tamim’s right knee was injured during Bangladesh’s two-Test trip to Sri Lanka in April and May. He then played in the Bangabandhu Dhaka Premier Division T20 League in the home ODI series against Sri Lanka. However, after aggravating the injury while playing in the league, he had to withdraw from the competition and miss the one-off Test against Zimbabwe.
Tamim did not play in the five-match T20I series against Australia and did not play in the T20I series against Zimbabwe. He will remain unavailable for selection for the five-match T20I series against New Zealand, which begins on September 1. The 32-year-old left-hander last played a T20I in March 2020 against Zimbabwe and has since missed four T20I series for Bangladesh.
Confident regarding Tamim’s availability for the world tournament
Despite his absence from the T20I format for a time, BCB chief selector Minhajul Abedin expressed confidence in Tamim’s availability for the international event.
“I don’t see any doubt. Tamim is one of the best batsmen in the country and there is no question about it. He will play when he is fit and he will be with the team. We are keeping a close eye on his development,” Abedin said.
Tamim had already sought the advice of Australian surgeon David Young, who recommended a long period of relaxation. After the matches against New Zealand, the southpaw was expected to make a comeback against England during a home white-ball series, but it was later moved to 2023.
Bangladesh’s T20 World Cup roster will be announced during the home series against New Zealand, by which time the BCB should have a better understanding of Tamim’s improvement.