Bangladesh’s star opener Tamim Iqbal will be aiming to get back to competitive cricket by turning out for Dhaka Platoons in the seventh edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), scheduled to begin from December 11. And although BPL teams are yet to start their official practice, Tamim has already returned to business as he practised on his own at the Academy Ground in Mirpur yesterday.
Tamim has only played one round of the National Cricket League for Chattogram Division in October since he captained Bangladesh on their Sri Lanka tour in July, after which he took a break from international cricket that saw him missing the one-off Test against Afghanistan in September and the following tri-nation T20I series.
Tamim had also pulled out of the Tigers’ recent India tour to be with his pregnant wife. However, Dhaka Platoon coach Mohammad Salahuddin, under whose guidance Tamim practised yesterday, said that the left-hander will not take long to get back his rhythm.
“Dhaka Platoon did not start to train yet. We usually do this, practise personally. I am doing that with Tamim now as there are a lot of tournaments ahead and also because Tamim has been out of cricket for a long time. That’s why he needs to concentrate more on training and that is the reason we started the session. At first, we need to see how Tamim is connecting the ball. It looked like he is in very good shape and hopefully will get back his rhythm after two or three days’ practice,” said Salahuddin.
Salahuddin will also be working with Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza as the right-armer will also be playing for Dhaka Platoon in this BPL. Mashrafe, who is currently going under a rehabilitation programme for a groin injury he picked while practising in mid-November, was also present in Mirpur yesterday but did not practise.
Salahuddin however mentioned that he is hopeful of getting Mashrafe from the start of the tournament, but also mentioned that the Dhaka Platoon team management is yet to decide on the 36-year-old’s role as a captain in this BPL.