Asia Cup 2012 March 8, 2012

Tamim included in Asia Cup squad

Tamim Iqbal has been added to Bangladesh's squad for the Asia Cup, three days and much drama after having initially been excluded and listed only as a reserve. The BCB have now issued a release saying Tamim has been added to the squad, making it a 15-man squad for the Asia Cup, which starts with a match between Bangladesh and Pakistan in Mirpur on March 11.

His name was in the original 15-man list the selectors had drawn up but was removed after the list was given to BCB president Mustafa Kamal for approval. Tamim's removal from the squad led chief selector Akram Khan to announce his resignation, citing interference in selection from directors and the board president.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Tamim underwent fitness tests to prove that he had fully recovered from typhoid. Confirmation of his fitness came from captain Mushfiqur Rahim and coach Stuart Law as well as the cricket operations committee, but the drama was not over.

ESPNcricinfo has learned that on Thursday afternoon Kamal informed the board's cricket operations committee to continue with the 14-man squad, without Tamim. After several hours of discussions, Tamim was informed late on Thursday of his inclusion and had to rush to the team hotel and join the rest of the squad.

Edited by Dustin Silgardo

Mohammad Isam is senior sports reporter at the Daily Star in Dhaka

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