Athletic

Tamim returns home

Bangladesh dashing opener Tamim Iqbal

returned home this evening from United Arab Emirates after he sustained

fracturing injury to his left wrist during Bangladesh's Asia Cup opening

match against Sri Lanka on Saturday.

The left-handed batsman landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport

this evening, said a BCB source to BSS today.

It was the worst possible start for Tamim, who not only had to leave the

first game of Asia Cup against Sri Lanka with a hand injury but also has now

been ruled out of the entire tournament after he fractured his left wrist.

However, despite his injury, the southpaw opener came out to bat after

the fall of the ninth wicket and essentially batted with one arm. That made

all the difference for Bangladesh as Mushfiqur Rahim's career-best ODI score

helped Bangladesh post 261.

It all happened in the final ball of the second over of the game.

Suranga Lakmal delivered a short of a length ball at the body and Tamim went

for the pull shot but he missed his shot and was hit on his left wrist.

Immediately, the Bangladesh opener was writhing in pain and looked in a

world of discomfort as the physio came running to his aid. It didn't look

good for Bangladesh as the 29-year-old opener immediately left the field and

was taken for a scan after being hit on the wrist while batting on two from

three balls.

The scans revealed a fracture that will keep the southpaw out of action

for up to six weeks, which will mean that his Asia Cup 2018 campaign ended

after just three balls. That compounded a terrible start for Bangladesh as

they lost opener Liton Das and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan in the first over

bowled by a returning Lasith Malinga.

He was spotted with a sling around his left arm and wasn't in the best

of fitness even before the Asia Cup, having sustained an injury and not

practicing since August 28. Despite his heroics late in the innings,

Bangladesh will have to replace him for the next game against Afghanistan.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)