Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal has cleared all air about him featuring in the second and final Test against Zimbabwe playing from November 11, saying “very less chance to play in Dhaka”.
However, Tamim is hoping to return to the game with the upcoming home West Indies series starting with the first Test from November 22 after being sidelined since Asia Cup 2018 after injuring his wrist in the opening game against Sri Lanka.
The 29-year-old returned to net session with batting practice, facing up against tennis balls three days ago, but he had a session with cricket balls at the academy for the first time on Thursday (November 8).
His net session grabbed all the attention, as many believe that Iqbal could be included in the Test squad for the series-decider against Zimbabwe considering an embarrassing 151-run defeat in Sylhet, but the opener made it clear that he is not ready to play at the moment.
Tamim told reporters on Friday (November 8), “Very less chance to play the second Test because I don't think I can. I am not ready. I don't think the physio will even permit me. It has just been three days of semi-batting, what I am doing right now. Unless I start full-fledged nets, it won't be fair for the team from my part to declare myself fit. I think I will be fit for the first Test [against West Indies] and it won't be fair to rule me out now because I will play the two-day game if I feel that it is necessary. It depends where I am on the 16th or 17th November.”
Meanwhile, Tamim is confident that Bangladesh will make a comeback in the final Test against Zimbabwe, saying the Tigers have the ability to bounce back from tough situations.
Tamim signed off by saying, “100 percent they will bounce back. The team and I know that we didn't play our best cricket. We are a much better team than this. It is a fact that we haven't performed in Tests like we have done in ODIs. I don't think any of our team members we have become a very strong Test team. But it is also true that we have started to play better Test cricket than five years ago. We have defeated two of the best sides in the world. Our West Indies Test series wasn't good at all. Our graph in Test cricket hasn't gone as high as we'd like. We will play better and bounce back against this and other opponents. I believe we are strong enough to take it positively and look forward.”
(With Cricbuzz Inputs)