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Akram positive about Tamim’s WT20 participation

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 22 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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A Bangladesh Cricket Board official on Saturday expressed his confidence of getting the service of their star batsman Tamim Iqbal in the upcoming edition of ICC World T20, scheduled in UAE and Oman in October-November.

“I don't see any doubt (regarding his participation in World T20),” BCB Cricket Operation Chairman Akram Khan told reporters in Mirpur.

“Tamim is one of the best batsmen in the country and there is no question about it. He will play when he is fit and he will be with the team.

“His problem is injury and the selectors are talking to the doctors and physio on the development and they are keeping a close eye on that,” he added.

The 32-year old, who is currently carrying a knee injury, opted for a long lay-off after the end of the ODI series against Zimbabwe in July in order to get completely recovered from the injury.

Since then, Tamim didn’t feature in Bangladesh’s three-match T20I series against Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe as well as the five-match T20I series against Australia at home while he wasn’t also picked for the upcoming five-match T20I home series against New Zealand, starting next month.

The left-hander had previously played a T20I back in March 2020 and since the match against Zimbabwe, he has skipped four consecutive T20I series for Bangladesh.

Tamim, who suffered the right knee injury during their two-match Test tour of Sri Lanka in April-May, took part in the home ODI series against Sri Lanka as well as in the Bangabandhu Dhaka Premier Division T20 League.

However, he had to quit the tournament midway after aggravating the injury while playing the league and missed the one-off Test against Zimbabwe.

Tamim had already consulted Australian surgeon David Young and he had suggested to him for a long rest.

The southpaw was expected to make a comeback against England during a home white-ball series after the series against the Kiwis but it was later rescheduled to 2023.

Tamim is currently going through a rehabilitation program and he is expected to start the batting session on August 29.

BCB officials said that they are expected to announce their ICC World T20 squad during the home series against New Zealand and by that time they are expected to get a clear picture of Tamim’s injury.