Bangladesh Team opener Tamim Iqbal is all set to feature in the upcoming edition of the Everest Premier League after being granted the No objection certificate from the Bangladesh Cricket Board for the tournament.
Akram Khan, the BCB Cricket Operation chairman confirmed the news to Cricbuzz. He will be representing Bhairahawa Gladiators in the fourth edition of the Everest Premier League 2021.
The competition would mark his comeback to the game after a nearly two-month-long hiatus after recuperating from his injury. Tamim had been out of action owing to the knee injury that had forced him to miss out on three successive T20I series of Bangladesh, including the T20I series against Zimbabwe, Australia, and New Zealand.
Iqbal had also pulled out of the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup citing that he had done so so that younger players would get opportunities. He started training for EPL at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on September 19.
BCB chief physician Debashish Chowdhury updated that the player is expected to be fit by the time the tournament starts.
“Tamim is not having any problem when he is batting but we have to see how he feels while running and fielding. But the way he is improving, we are hopeful that he will be able to make it in EPL,” said Debashish.
Everest Premier League is conducted under the supervision of the Cricket Association of Nepal and the prize money of the tournament will be 5 million NPR.
The 4th edition of EPL was earlier scheduled to begin from March 14 this year, however, due to the rise in COVID-19 cases the dates were postponed. The Nepal-based T20 competition had attracted big guns with the likes of Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers, however, the dates of the tournament are clashing with the ongoing Indian Premier League. The tournament is now set to take place in Nepal from September 25 to October 9.