What comes as a major blow for the Bangladesh squad is the absence of their opening batsman, Tamim Iqbal who is out of action due to a thumb fracture. Tamim has suffered a fracture on his left thumb while playing in the Everest Premier League in Nepal back in October.
Tamim Iqbal will have to stay out of action for at least a month for the recovery of his injury & thus he will miss the New Zealand tour as well. Tamim has consulted a physician in England yesterday who assessed his injury & delivered a timeline for the recovery of the same.
Speaking to cricbuzz, the BCB Chief Physician Debashish Chowdhury said, “He (Tamim) met the physician and they have advised him to take a one-month rest though he won’t require any surgery,” Debashish told Cricbuzz. “In that case, he’s missing the New Zealand tour.”
Tamim Iqbal suffered a fracture on his left thumb while playing in Everest Premier League for Bhairahawa Gladiators. “He received a blow on his left thumb and got a small fracture there. Now he will be out of cricket for at least three weeks”.
Tamim Iqbal was last seen into action for Bangladesh during the Zimbabwe Tour
Tamim suffered a knee injury during Bangladesh’s tour of Sri Lanka but still, he continued to play in the ODI series as well as the ensuing Bangabandhu Dhaka Premier Division T20 League. Tamim suffered the brunt of the injury during their tour of Zimbabwe where he had to skip the T20I series & undergo surgery on his knee.
Tamim was expected to be fully fit by the time England toured Bangladesh. But his injury ultimately caused him to miss their home series against Australia and New Zealand as well as the T20 World Cup.
Bangladesh is slated to tour New Zealand for a two-match test series which marks the beginning of their WTC 2021-2023 cycle. The first Test will take place on New Year’s Day at Bay Oval in Tauranga. The teams will then conclude the series with teh secodn test at Christchurch.
Bangladesh squad for the first Test against New Zealand:
Mominul Haque (capt), Shadman Islam, Saif Hassan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das, Nurul Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nayeem Hasan, Taijul Islam, Ebadat Hossain, Abu Jayed, Yasir Ali, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Rejaur Rahman Raja, Shakib Al Hasan