Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal has been ruled out of the next Bangladesh tour of New Zealand due to a thumb injury. Debashish Chowdhury, the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s head physician, confirmed the opener’s absence for the tour, stating that he will require one month of rest to heal from an injury acquired while playing for Bhairahawa Gladiators in Nepal’s Everest Premier League last month. Since the player required stitches for the same, he was also ruled out of the Bangladesh Test series against Pakistan.
“He (Tamim) met the physician and they have advised him to take a one-month rest though he won’t require any surgery. In that case, he’s missing the New Zealand tour,” Debashish Chowdhury said while speaking to Cricbuzz.
Tamim Iqbal reportedly went to see a doctor in England on November 22 to check his condition, and he was told not to play for a month.
”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,” he informed.
Bangladesh will play two Tests in New Zealand to begin their second cycle of the World Test Championship. The first Test will be held at Bay Oval in Tauranga on New Year’s Day. The series will be wrapped off with a game in Christchurch between the two teams, which will take place from January 1 to 5. The teams will next travel to Christchurch for the second match, which will begin on January 9. Bangladesh is scheduled to depart for New Zealand in late December to play two Tests as part of the teams’ World Test Championship 2021-23 cycle.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh has named their squad for the first Test against Pakistan set to get underway on November 26 in Chattogram.
Bangladesh Squad for 1st Test against Pakistan– Mominul Haque (C), Shadman Islam, Saif Hasan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Litton Kumar Das, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nayeem Hasan, Taijul Islam, Ebadot Hossain Chowdhury, Abu Jayed Chowdhury Rahi, Yasir Ali Rabbi, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Rejaur Rahman Raja, Shakib Al Hasan (subject to being declared fit to play).