Bangladesh ODI captain Tamim Iqbal, with his continuing knee injury issues, has been ruled out for the upcoming T20I series against Zimbabwe starting Thursday after he led the Tigers to a 3-0 victory in the ODI series on Tuesday. Tamim said his goal is to recover before the ICC T20 World Cup.
Tamim Iqbal, captain of Bangladesh’s ODI, is ruled out for the upcoming three-game T20I series against Zimbabwe after he continues to struggle with the knee injury he sustained over the course of Sri Lanka’s test series in April.
On Tuesday, Tamim successfully led Bangladesh to a landslide 3-0 ODI series win against Brendan Taylor’s men in Harare and scored a hundred shots in the 299-run pursuit of the Tiger. He was awarded the man of the match for his 112 runs that included eight fours and three sixes.
The Bangladesh skipper has now been ruled out of the Super League phase of the Dhaka Premier League T20 due to knee pain and was also absent in the only test contested against Zimbabwe earlier this month. Tamim said that he would love to move on with the injury, but cannot afford to miss a long period in case his injury worsens, which could also rule him out of the ICC World T20 in October.
“I wasn’t showing myself but I was going through a lot of pain. I can continue with this injury, but if it gets worse, I can lose about 7-8 months of cricket. I don’t think I should take that risk. I do my rehab correctly, so I hope to be fine. before the T20 World Cup, “said Tamim as reported by Cricbuzz.
Subsequently, following the Zimbabwe series, Bangladesh will host Australia in a five-match T20I series starting on 2 August, followed by New Zealand’s T20I series before hosting 2016 World Cup runners-up England, in October. Tamim highlighted the importance of these bilateral series that will be a roadmap for his team before their World Cup Qualifiers.
“It was a challenge, but I have been in good rhythm hitting in Trials or ODIs. I am happy to win the series, but we can play better as a team. I am sure we still have 12 to 13 games before the next World Cup. ICC and those games are very important because we want to go to the next World Cup, we have to be a complete team, “said the Bangladesh starter.
Bangladesh’s T20I series against Zimbabwe was brought forward after both boards agreed to start the tournament on July 22, one day before the scheduled date and to achieve the series on July 25 instead of July 27.