Opener Tamim Iqbal hinted that he might miss Bangladesh’s T20 assignments against Zimbabwe, Australia and New Zealand in coming days in order to get completely recovered from his knee injury.
Bangladesh are scheduled to play three T20Is during their full-fledged series in Zimbabwe while they will also host Australia and New Zealand in August- September for two separate series with five T20Is each.
“Recovery will take time,” Tamim told The Daily Sun on Tuesday.
“It’ll all depend on how I cope with the pain in the series and then the medical team will make a call,” he replied to a question on whether he will skip the upcoming T20Is against Zimbabwe as well as home T20I series against Australia and New Zealand because of the injury.
Tamim has been struggling with a right knee injury problem since he sustained it during their Test series against Sri Lanka in April-May while he aggravated it in the recent Dhaka Premier League.
However, the southpaw had to finally withdraw himself from the Super League stage of the domestic tournament last month after the pain increased and doctors suggested he should rest.
Tamim was included in all three squads for the Zimbabwe tour but his participation in the one-off Test starting today in Harare looked unlikely as he failed to recover sufficiently enough although the team management said they will wait till the last minute to get him in the match.
It was learnt that Tamim has planned to take rest for a substantial amount of time after the ODI series against Zimbabwe as he wanted to be fit before the home series against England which will be followed by ICC World T20.
Tamim, who had consulted Australian David Young, received a suggestion for a long rest although the southpaw is pushing himself to be available for the Test and ODI series against Zimbabwe.