Tamim Iqbal © AFP
Tamim Iqbal © AFP

Tamim Iqbal has played only 6 matches for Peshawar Zalmi and has managed 161 runs at 32.20 with strike rate of 104.54. He has neither scored a fifty nor a century in the tournament. Tamim’s tough luck in PSL continues as the opener is all set to be ruled out of the final. Tamim experienced a lot of pain on his left knee that has prompted the opener to fly to Bangkok to seek medical attention. Tamim played for Peshawar Zalmi in the first eliminator against Quetta Gladiators where he scored a healthy 29-ball 27 that included five boundaries. But he was sidelined for the second eliminator as his knee pain resurfaced. It is the same knee which Tamim had gotten operated last year.

Tamim had experienced pain during the Nidahas Trophy as well. Despite the pain, Tamim ended the series as the second leading run-scorer for Bangladesh after Mushfiqur Rahim with 154 runs from 5 matches at 30.80 and strike rate of 129.41.

In a quick chat with Bangladesh Daily Prothom Alo, Tamim said: “I had pain in the Nidahas Trophy and so could not field in the final. I also could not field in the match at PSL.”

Tamim is expected to return from Bangkok on Sunday and could yet play the final against Islamabad United. However, the next step would be taken after discussing his rehab with Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), as reported on cricbuzz.

Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United have won the PSL title once. The Zalmi will be entering the contest with the defending champions tag at stake.