Cricket World Cup

Wrist injury puts Tamim in doubt for Bangladesh’s CWC19 opener

Tamim

Tamim had left the field immediately, after he was struck a blow on his left wrist during his team’s practice session on Friday. According to BCB officials, Tamim had a precautionary X-ray which showed no fracture, but bruising and swelling might just rule the left-hander out of Sunday’s game.

“It’s too early to say anything specific but we will have an X-ray and if there is a fracture, then he won’t be available,” selector Habibul Bashar said before the X-ray scan. “But if that is not the case, then we can hope he will be available for the opening game.”

Tamim will have another test tomorrow which will determine his availability for the game. The left-hander had also missed the warm-up game against India due to pain in his thigh muscle. His absence would leave a major void in the top-order as he has been the most prolific run-scorer for Bangladesh for quite some time.

Tamim averages 50.71 in seven ODIs in England and was the third-highest run scorer in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

Tamim averages 50.71 in seven ODIs in England and was the third-highest run scorer in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

The Bangladesh camp is also worried about the fitness of Mashrafe Mortaza, Mustafizur Rahman and Mahmudullah, who have been troubled by hamstring, calf and shoulder issues respectively. Mahmadullah didn’t bowl against India on Tuesday as he is yet to recover completely from his shoulder problem. According to BCB officials, all-rounder Saifuddin, who is recovering from a back problem is expected to take painkillers to make himself available for the game.

Bangladesh will begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa at The Oval on Sunday, and will then take on New Zealand at the same venue on 5 June.

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