In what comes as a huge setback to an already injury-hit Bangladesh, opener Tamim Iqbal has been ruled out of the remainder of the Asia Cup with a fractured wrist.
The left-handed batsman was struck on his left wrist after missing a pull off Suranga Lakmal in the second over of Bangladesh’s game against Sri Lanka on Saturday (September 15).
Having left the field soon after suffering the blow, Tamim went straight to a hospital and had an X-Ray which revealed a fracture. He was later spotted with a sling around his left arm but came out to bat again, partnering Mushfiqur Rahim who was then unbeaten on 112.
Tamim, who batted one-handed during his partnership with Rahim that lifted Bangladesh to a total of 261, was seen with a tape holding his fingers and wrist together.
While Cricbuzz has learnt from an official source that Tamim’s injury would prevent his participation in the upcoming Asia Cup games, Bangladesh team manager Khaled Mahmud said the team is still awaiting more details. “He is ruled out for today’s match,” Bangladesh manager Khaled Mahmud told Cricbuzz. “We will see how it goes afterwards.”
Tamim Not in the best of fitness even before the opening game of the Asia Cup. He had sustained an injury on his right hand index finger during a fielding drill on August 28 and hadn’t practiced since, and Mominul Haque was flown in as a possible replacement.
Apart from Tamim’s injury, Bangladesh are also struggling with the fitness of few other players including seniors like Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim.
Shakib has been nursing an injury to his left little finger for a few months and had even contemplated missing the Asia Cup to undergo a surgery before deciding to postpone it. Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Bangladesh’s top-order batsman, is still recovering from a dislocated right index finger while Mushfiqur suffered a minor injury during fielding practice on the day before the game, although he didn’t seem to be in any discomfort in the game against Sri Lanka where he scored a half-century.