Injury scare for Tamim

Tamim Iqbal


Dashing opener Tamim Iqbal’s world cup participation was put to doubt after a MRI scan on his left knee indicated problems in his meniscus.

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In the 2011 World Cup, present captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza missed the tournament after spraining his ankle while taking a second run in a Dhaka premier League match barely 2 months before the tournament.

In the recently concluded Zimbabwe series, Tamim experienced pain in his thigh on December 1 (the final ODI). Initially it was found to be a hamstring problem and he took a 10 day break before returning in the Dhaka Premier League for his side, Legends of Rupganj. However a few medical tests indicated possibilities of a knee injury, and the MRI scans yesterday vindicated the concerns.

It has been primarily understood that Tamim’s meniscus in his knee had torn, though neither Tamim nor the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) physician, Dr. Debashish Chowdhury was willing to talk about it before the final reports arrive today.

Tamim wasn’t seen in the practice of Rupganj yesterday. Sources have informed that Tamim is not only going to miss the Super League of the Dhaka Premier league starting from day after tomorrow, but his world cup preparation and participation might also be affected. This is because in case his meniscus tears, he would require an arthroscopic surgery, and wouldneed 3-4 weeks to recover after the surgery. This is the reason Tamim wants to perform the surgery as soon as possible if the official reports reveal any tear.

With the World Cup starting on February 14, there is still time on Tamim’s hand. It all comes down to the reports of the scan, and how quickly can Tamim get permission to perform the surgery from the BCB.  Bangladeshi fans would hope that he does not suffer a similar fate like Mashrafe’s.


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