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Tamim brushes off Zimbabwe Test speculation

  • Published at 10:11 pm November 8th, 2018
Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal bats in the Mirpur nets early in November

The series will kick-off with the first Test in Chittagong on November 22

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal has brushed off speculation over him making a comeback through the second and final Test match against Zimbabwe. 

Following Bangladesh’s humiliating 151-run defeat against visitor Zimbabwe in the first Test and with Tamim getting back to the nets from injury at the same time, rumours had spread of him returning with the team in dire need of better batting. 

Host Bangladesh will lock horns with Zimbabwe to save their skin in the second Test of the series at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Sunday.

Tamim returned to the nets Sunday in Mirpur after recovering from a wrist injury sustained in Bangladesh’s first game of the Asia Cup in the UAE in September this year. 

Tamim had initially practised with tennis balls and Thursday faced cricket balls for the first time since his injury. 

The left-handed batsman is recovering from the injury well, but not enough to walk into a Test match just two days away.

"I have started batting against spin and the dog-stick. I haven't faced any major pain, but since there's a bit of weakness in my hand, particular shots give me a bit of pain. The weakness will go away following some strength work. (Thursday) is probably the third day that I am batting. I haven't had a full net session,” said Tamim to the media in the sidelines of his private net session Thursday.

“There is a big difference in playing 130-140 kph and playing against spin and the dog-stick. As of now, things are looking very positive. In the next three days, there's going to be a full net session after which I can tell where I am at,'' the south-paw added.

“I am not ready. I don't think the physio (Thihan Chandramohan) will even permit me. It has just been three days of semi-batting. Unless I start practising in the nets properly, it won't be fair for the team or from my part to declare myself fit. I think I will be fit for the first Test (against the West Indies) and it won't be fair to rule me out now because I will play the two-day game if I feel it is necessary. It depends where I am on the 16th or 17th of November."

As reported earlier, Tamim is getting ready to make a comeback through the home series against the Windies later this month. 

The series will kick-off with the first Test in Chittagong on November 22.