Tamim Iqbal(Photo- Twitter)
Tamim Iqbal(Photo- Twitter)

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal has been ruled out of the two-match Test series against Pakistan owing to a thumb fracture.

Tamim, who last played for Bangladesh in an ODI match against Zimbabwe in July, had missed the entire T20 World Cup for the Tigers after he sustained a knee injury.

The left-handed batsman opted out of the tournament in order to give chance to the young openesrs like Mohammad Naim and Liton Das.

Tamim Iqbal
Tamim Iqbal (Image Credit: Twitter)

The finger has gone back into the split: Tamim Iqbal

Tamim, who is also Bangladesh’s ODI skipper, said he learned he had a thumb fracture through X-ray reports.

“The fracture had almost healed but my thumb remained swollen. So we wanted to have another X-ray, which revealed that there was a fracture,” Tamim was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.

“Probably there were two, but it didn’t come out in the first scan. The finger has gone back into the split. I can’t move it. The whole process has to start again,” he added.

Pakistan tour of Bangladesh starts on November 19

With 4788 runs from 123 innings, Tamim is currently the leading run-scorer for Bangladesh in the Test format. The southpaw also has 31 fifties and nine hundreds to his name.

Bangladesh are scheduled to play three T20I matches against Pakistan before they take them in the two Test matches. 

The tour starts on November 19 with all the T20I matches being played at the Shere Bangla National Stadium. 

The first Test match will be played between November 26-30  in Chattogram followed by the second Test in Dhaka starting on December 4.

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Bangladesh qualified in the T20 World Cup after finishing second in Group B but lost all their Group 1 fixtures in the Super 12 stage.

Veteran all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was ruled out in the middle of the tournament owing to a hamstring injury and his participation in the Pakistan series also remains doubtful.

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