Tamim Iqbal unlikely in T20 series in India

DHAKA Bangladesh Opener Tamim Iqbal's return to

International cricket is likely to be delayed as he suffered a muscle strain

on the right side of the rib.

The injury also forced him to sit out from the second round of the

National Cricket League (NCL) in which his side Chattogram Division is

playing against Barishal Division at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium.

A BCB physician said the opener needs seven-day rest for the time being

after which he will be assessed to check if he is fit enough to play cricket.

Tamim got the blow on his right rib. It's a muscle strain. For the time

being he has been advised to rest for seven days, BCB chief physician

Debashis Chowdhury said here on Thursday.

Dr. Chowdhury, however, didn't reveal whether Tamim could be the part of

the national team in Bangladesh's three-match T20 series and two-match Test

series in the next month.

Bangladesh will start the India tour with T20 series and the first match is

on November 3 at Delhi.

I don't think it would affect his tour but after recovering from the

injury, he needs to be assessed further and then he needs to gain his match

fitness, a thing that the team management will determine, he added.

The first Test in on November 14 and by the time Tamim is expected to be

completely fit.

Tamim took a short break from the cricket following his poor performance

in World Cup and the subsequent three-match ODI series in Sri Lanka in which

he also leads the side in absence of Mashrafe Bin Mortaza.

He returned to competitive cricket with the NCL and in the first round he

made 30 and 46 runs in two innings against Dhaka Metro.

He was also due to play the second round and was heading to Fatullah, but

he had to sit out the game because of enormous pain.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)