Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal fractured his finger during training on Saturday. The left-hander picked up an undislocated fracture of his left little little finger during catching practice, an x-ray revealed on Sunday. According to the Bangladesh Cricket Board's chief physician Dr Debashish Chowdhury, it will take at least two to three weeks for Tamim to recover.
“He has ruptured his left little finger during catching practice but it is not serious. Good thing is that the fracture did not spread and is in one place. We are hopeful that he will recover within two to three weeks,” Dr Debashish told Dhaka Tribune.
Bangladesh are mulling organising an ODI series in mid-September against Afghanistan at home before England arrive for two Tests and three ODIs at the end of the same month. Dr Debashish is confident that Tamim will recover and be available for selection for both the series.
“But then again, we also need to see how the fracture behaves. It varies from person to person. Tamim is a strong character and I am hopeful he will be fine before the matches,” said Dr Debashish.
The last time Tamim was out from the Bangladesh squad due to injury was during the Asia Cup 2014. The selectors decided to rest Tamim, who was suffering from a neck strain, considering that the World Twenty20 was months away.