Tamim Iqbal suffered a painful fracture to his left wrist while batting against Sri Lanka in Bangladesh's Asia Cup opener on Saturday and will most likely miss the rest of the Asia Cup. With Tamim being the only quality opener in Bangladesh and his opening partner a long-standing problem for the team, it would indeed be a big blow, but the team management are not thinking of flying in a replacement at this point.
“There have not been any plans for a replacement yet,” team manager and former Bangladesh captain Khaled Mahmud told reporters at the team hotel on Sunday afternoon. “We brought 16 players and brought in Mominul with the injuries of Shakib [Al Hasan] and Tamim in mind. We have enough good players on the bench – we have Nazmul Hossain Shanto and Mominul. So there are no thoughts about replacing Tamim yet.”
Mahmud also expressed confidence that Mushfiqur Rahim, who hit a resplendent 144 against Sri Lanka the previous day, would be able to continue playing despite a longstanding rib injury flaring up the night before the match.
“He still has slight pain, but we know he is a very good fighter,” Mahmud said. “To tell the truth I was a little nervous the night before the match about him, but the way he reacted I think he will be okay.”