Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal has been ruled out of the upcoming three-match T20I series between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe starting on Thursday owing to his knee injury. He will go into an eight-week long rehabilitation period.
Consequently, he will also miss out on the home T20I series against Australia and New Zealand. Bangladesh is set to host Australia in August for three matches, which will be followed by another T20I series against New Zealand.
Tamim sustained the knee injury during the two-Test series in Sri Lanka. However, despite that, he chose to play the entire ODI series. As a result of his injury, he was ruled out of the Super League phase of the Dhaka Premier League T20. He also missed the one-off Test against Zimbabwe earlier this month.
On Tuesday’s final ODI of the three-match series against Zimbabwe, the skipper played a valiant knock of 112 runs to set up a five-wicket victory for the team, leading to an unassailable 3-0 series victory.
“I was not showing but I was going through a lot of pain. I can continue with this injury but if it aggravates then I can lose about 7-8 months of cricket. I don’t think I should take that risk. If I do my rehab properly then I hope to be fine before the T20 World Cup,” Tamim Iqbal said.
“It was challenging but I have been in good rhythm while batting in Tests 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 ICC World Cup and those matches are very important as we want to go to the next World Cup we have to be a complete team.”
There is a possibility that he will play the home series against England in October ahead of the World Cup.
The matches of the three-match T20I series between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe will take place on be played July 22, 23 and 25.