Tigers sweat on Tamim
Bangladesh are sweating on the fitness of star batsman Tamim Iqbal ahead of the World Twenty20.
Last Updated: 19/04/10 10:34am
Bangladesh are sweating on the fitness of star batsman Tamim Iqbal after he aggravated an existing hand injury ahead of the World Twenty20.
An MRI scan has revealed that the opener has suffered a wrist fracture, however the Tigers remain "hopeful" that he will recover in time for the Caribbean showpiece.
Bangladesh face Australia and defending champions Pakistan in Group A of the tournament and Tamim is pivotal to their hopes of qualifying for the next stage.
"Tamim has a small fracture line present in his wrist," team physio Michael Henry confirmed on Monday.
"However, this is an old injury and during his recent fall, he aggravated this area and the surrounding soft tissue.
"We are hopeful that he will be fit for the upcoming ICC World Twenty20. However, we need to wait three days to see how well he recovers before confirming his status."
Tamim said he was unable to move the injured hand and was also in a lot of pain.
"The bad news is that I am not gaining strength in my hand but the good news is I didn't suffer a new fracture. It is just an aggravation of my old injury," Tamim said.
"If I get back my gripping strength maybe I can still play in the World Cup, otherwise I will not."