Batsman Tamim Iqbal and left-arm spinner Taijul Islam are just fine and should be available for the second Test against Zimbabwe in Khulna, said officials of the Bangladesh cricket team on Thursday. Tamim hurt his right hand during a fielding session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Wednesday, though an X-ray revealed no fracture. Before flying for Khulna, team manager Sabbir Khan told New Age that the opener, also the vice-captain of the side, was still feeling some pain in his injured hand but there is little to be worried.
‘He is still in pain,’ said Sabbir. ‘But I guess it’s not that serious. He should be allright long before the second Test, which is still three days away.’
Monirul Amin, a physician at the Bangladesh Cricket Board echoed the same.
‘Tamim is kept under 48-hour observation and there is no major concern about him,’ said Amin.
Amin also dismissed any fears about Taijul, the man-of-the-match in the first Test with a record haul of 8-39 in the second innings.
Taijul was reported to have contacted jaundice, but Amin completely dismissed it. The rumour spread as the BCB took him for a blood Test on Wednesday.
‘As far as Taijul is concerned, nothing happened to him,’ said Amin.
‘We just took him to do a screening test required before giving a hepatitis B vaccination.
‘There is no sign of jaundice whatsoever, he is fine and should be participating in the practice sessions tomorrow [Friday].’
Bangladesh and Zimbabwe reached Khulna late on Thursday for the second Test, which will begin at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium on November 3.
Bangladesh lead the three-match Test series 1-0 after a tense three-wicket win in the first Test in Dhaka.
-With New Age input