Tamim, who went in to the Asia Cup on the back of good scores in the West Indies series, scoring 287 runs in three ODIs, is disappointed to have left the Asia Cup midway.
Tamim, who went in to the Asia Cup on the back of good scores in the West Indies series, scoring 287 runs in three ODIs, is disappointed to have left the Asia Cup midway.

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal, who was ruled out of the Asia Cup 2018, after sustaining a fracture to his left wrist in the tournament opener returned to Bangladesh from Dubai and may miss the home series against Zimbabwe if he has to undergo a surgery.

“In the last update from England, the doctor said that I don’t require an operation right now but the first one week is very critical as there will be an X-ray next week,” Tamim told reporters as reported by Cricbuzz.

The Zimbabwe series starts October 21 and Tamim is hopeful that the injury is not serious enough to undergo surgery. However, he said that the first week of rehabilitation will be crucial.

”And if they find the healing is working well then it will not be a problem. And if we see that the healing is taking curves then I will need an operation. But for now I don’t need anything.”

Tamim, who went in to the Asia Cup on the back of good scores in the West Indies series, scoring 287 runs in three ODIs, is disappointed to have left the Asia Cup midway.

”Honestly speaking, I personally had high hopes for the Asia Cup. And coming like this (back home) in the middle of a tournament after the first game doesn’t look good, I am very disappointed. But I couldn’t control this injury. Now my duty is to come back to the ground as soon as possible,” said Tamim.

The left-handed opener took a blow to his left wrist off the bowling of Suranga Lakmal, while batting during the Asia Cup opener against Sri Lanka on Saturday. Tamim had sustained an injury to his right hand’s index finger during a fielding drill while Bangladesh’s top two players Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim are also not 100 per cent fit.

After being taken off the ground against , Tamim returned to bat in the 47th over when Bangladesh has lost their ninth wicket in Mustafizur Rahman. With a heavily strapped wrist Tamim took guard, holding the bat with his right hand. He faced just one delivery and then left it for Rahim – who had scored a century – for a late blitz as he hammered 32 runs after Tamim’s re-entry.

Tamim was lauded for his effort.