It has become common knowledge that even though he played a delivery one-handed after coming in at number 11 to allow Bangladesh's innings to continue in Saturday's Asia Cup opener against Sri Lanka, a fractured wrist has effectively ruled Tamim Iqbal out of the rest of the event.
News has been doing the rounds that he will be out for six weeks, but there has not been any official confirmation from anyone within the BCB or team management. After Saturday's match, which Bangladesh won by 137 runs, captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza said that they were not yet sure what would happen and that there would be another scan in two days. He will visit a specialist in Dubai tomorrow, who will decide whether he needs surgery.
"We have to have him checked by a specialist before saying anything official," said team manager Khaled Mahmud. "He is definitely out of the next match, we don't know about the rest. I don't know where the six-week figure came from; I have not heard a doctor say that."
If the dillydallying is to keep the other teams guessing about Bangladesh's most feared batsman, that can hardly be effective given that -- except India -- all the other teams are staying at the same hotel and can see Tamim's left arm in a sling. There seems to be very little sense in the ambiguity.