The question of whether dashing left-hander Tamim Iqbal will be fit in time for the first Test against Sri Lanka starting tomorrow remained unanswered till yesterday.
Fortunately, the left-hander got a hold of Australian orthopaedic surgeon David Young, who had operated on the knees of Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, in the city to consult about his wrist injury. It was learnt that the Tigers opener got a positive response from the Melbourne-based surgeon, who frequently visits the island. But another X-ray will be done today and Young will then confirm whether there is any chance of the injury deteriorating if Tamim plays the first Test.
“Tamim is a very important player for us, so we have to be a hundred per cent certain that his injury will not deteriorate if he plays the match. But we will definitely wait till the last moment,” said selector Habibul Bashar without elaborating further.
Tamim, who had sustained a hairline fracture on the wrist during a Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) match, however said four days back that he wanted to play the first Test. According to sources close to the team, the decision depend on the batsman's mental state.
Along with Elias Sunny, Abul Hasan and Anamul Haque, Tamim went to the Galle International Stadium on the optional practice day and batted for a while in the nets.
Tamim was the player besides Elias Sunny, Abul Hasan and Anamul Haque who came to the Galle International Stadium in the optional practice day and batted for a while in the net.