Tamim not ready to appear in final Test against Zimbabwe, eyeing Windies

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal said he is not yet ready to face Zimbabwe in the second and final Test starting from November 11 in Dhaka.

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On Thursday, during his first cricket ball practice session after recovering from wrist injury that forced him ruled out of the Asia Cup, Tamim also revealed he is eyeing the forthcoming series against Windies at home.

“Today is probably the third day that I am batting. I haven’t had a full net session. There’s a lot of difference between playing 130-140 kmph and playing against spin and the dog-stick. As of now, things are looking very positive. In the next three days, there’s going to be a full net session after which I can tell where I am at,” he said.

Some speculations have been floating about Tamim’s inclusion in the final Test against Zimbabwe after physio Chandramohan was asked by the national selectors to report about Tamim’s condition.

Therefore the Bangladesh opener washed aside any such possibility siting his physical inability in this regard.

He said,

“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,” he added.

“I have started batting against spin and the dog-stick. I haven’t faced any major pain, but since there’s a bit of weakness in my hand, particular shots give me a bit of pain. Once we do some strength work, the weakness will go away,” Tamim said.

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