Bangladesh ODI skipper Tamim Iqbal will miss the upcoming three-match T20I home series against Pakistan as he is eyeing to make an international comeback against the same opposition in the two-match Test series, scheduled after the T20 series.
Tamim also plans to make a comeback to competitive cricket through the fifth round of the ongoing National Cricket League, slated from November 14, in order to make him ready for the Test series.
“I met the doctor and they have advised me to start my batting from November 7 against the spin. Now I’m eyeing to play in the fifth round of the NCL. I haven’t yet (fully) recovered from the thumb injury (but) I have completed three weeks of rehabilitation and there is one more week to go before I can start batting again,” Tamim told The Daily Sun.
Tamim, who made himself unavailable from the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup to give youngsters opportunities, missed Bangladesh’s last four T20I series including the two home series against Australia and New Zealand which the Tigers won comprehensively.
Bangladesh T20I squad is expected to start their preparation on November 12 for the three-match series that is scheduled on November 19, 20 and 22 respectively.
The Test series will begin at Tamim’s home ground in Chattogram from November 26-30 while the series concluding Test will be played in Dhaka from December 4-8.