Tamim Iqbal's Asia Cup 2018 uncertain due to wrist injury | Daily Star
12:00 AM, September 16, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 11:03 AM, September 16, 2018

Tamim's Asia Cup uncertain

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal has suffered a fractured left wrist after being hit by a bouncer from Sri Lanka pacer Suranga Lakmal early in their Asia Cup opener.

Although he was not supposed to take the field after it was confirmed that he had a fracture, the left-hander surprised everybody when he came out to bat at number 11 and played only one delivery with only his right-hand.

However he there is serious doubt about his participation in the rest of the regional cricket extravaganza.

He was sent to the hospital for scans immediately after suffering the injury in the last ball of the second over.

"Medical reports have revealed that there is a fracture on his left wrist," informed team manager Khaled Mahmud after getting the results back from the hospital roughly two and a half hours after the incident. "As to the rest of the Asia Cup, I am not saying that he is ruled out of the tournament. We will assess within two-three days' time and a decision will be taken."

Bangladesh got off to a terrible start, losing the wickets of opener Liton Das and number three Shakib Al Hasan in the first over to a fiery Lasith Malinga.

The biggest blow however may have been the injury to Tamim. Having scored two singles off the two balls he faced, he went to hook his third deliver and was hit on the left wrist. He immediately opened his gloves and clutched his wrist, and was soon being led off the field by physio Thihan Chandramohan.

Tamim was already struggling from a separate injury to his right ring finger, but played the match as he has been managing the pain with medication.


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