Bangladesh received a massive blow ahead of their ICC World Cup opener against South Africa when their star batsman Tamim Iqbal sustained an injury in his left wrist during a practice session at The Oval in London on Friday. Tamim got injured while facing a fast ball delivered through side-arm by fielding coach Tim Cook and the 30-year old had to come out from the nets and was rushed to the dressing room by physio Thihan Chandramohan.
Bangladesh will take on South Africa on Sunday in their tournament opener and the injury of Tamim only two days before the contest has thrown his participation in the game in doubt.
Selector Habibul Bashar informed that Tamim would undergo an X-ray to assess his injury and he would be available for the match against South Africa only if he didn’t fracture his wrist.
’It’s too early to say anything specific but we will have an x-ray and if there is a fracture, then he won’t be available [for the match against South Africa],’ Bashar said on Friday.
’But if that is not the case, then we can hope he will be available for the opening game,’ he added.
Tamim had some previous injury issues as he was struggling with a groin injury, which prompted the Bangladesh team management not to feature him in the warm-up match against India as a precautionary measure at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff on Tuesday.
However, Bangladesh were expecting a fully-fit Tamim for their first game against South Africa, who earlier lost their opening game against England by 104 runs at the same venue, but the latest injury has brought much worries in the Tigers’ camp.
Pace-bowling coach Courtney Walsh echoed the same as Bashar but termed Tamim’s straightaway coming out from the nets a matter of ’concern’.
’He just got hit in the nets. We haven’t got any reports on him yet. He is being assessed as we speak now, so unfortunately I can’t give you any update on that,’ Walsh told reporters during a press conference in London.
’I just have to wait until I get the report. I just don’t want to be misquoted saying what I think it might be when I am not sure. It’s a concern because he came off straight away, as soon as we get the report I am sure that will be passed down,’ he added.
Bangladesh failed to get the service of Tamim during their last year’s Asia Cup campaign when he was hit in his wrist with a short ball off Sri Lanka’s Suranga Lakmal in the opening fixture of the tournament on September 15.
The injury ruled him out for the entire tournament and he also missed Bangladesh’s full home series against Zimbabwe and Test series against West Indies.
Tamim made a comeback through the three-match one-day international series against West Indies in December and hardly missed any international match for injury since then.