The Bangladesh team management is staying positive about explosive top-order batsman Tamim Iqbal’s participation in the upcoming 2021 T20 World Cup. He is expected to recover in time to be available for the Tigers, prior to the start of the qualifiers on October 17 in Oman.
Tamim had suffered a knee injury during Bangladesh’s tour of Sri Lanka in April-May. The issue was aggravated in their next tour of Zimbabwe, and as a result, he was forced to head back midway through the series.
He was missing in Bangladesh’s home-rout of Australia in the T20I series and is also unavailable for the 5-match T20I’s against a visiting New Zealand team next month.
To qualify for the Super-12 stage of the T20 World Cup, Bangladesh needs to finish in the top two of Group B qualifiers. The veteran, Tamim Iqbal’s inclusion, therefore, is a must for the Bangladeshis. Opening up on the matter, team doctor, Debashish Chowdhury said:
“This injury required rest and rehabilitation. We planned it accordingly and he is responding to it very well. When he starts running and participates in the skill session, we can have a clearer picture of his recovery. The way he is improving, we are confident that he will be available for the T20 World Cup.”
“We are keeping a close eye on his development” – Debashish on Tamim Iqbal
Without Tamim’s presence at the top, Bangladesh may lack the explosive start needed in the shortest format. Also, his experience will ensure that the team doesn’t succumb to the pressure and can bat around him if necessary. Debashish and the chief selector, Minhajul Abedin were confident of Tamim’s recovery.
“I don’t see any doubt. He will play when he is fit and he will be with the team. We are keeping a close eye on his development,” Minhajul was quoted as saying to Cricbuzz.
Bangladesh will play against Scotland in their first game on October 17, followed by a game against the hosts, Oman, on October 19.