England v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Lord's May 25, 2010

Tamim to battle injury for Lord's experience


Tamim Iqbal is expecting to take his place at the top of the Bangladesh batting order when the first Test at Lord's gets underway on Thursday, despite struggling during the tour of England with an injury to his left wrist that may yet require surgery at some stage this year.

Tamim first sustained the injury while fielding during Bangladesh's domestic Twenty20 competition in 2009, but the problem flared up again ahead of the recent World Twenty20 in the Caribbean, in which he played only a minor role during their 21-run defeat against Pakistan in St Lucia and missed the defeat to Australia in Barbados.

Upon arrival in England, Tamim sat out Bangladesh's first two fixtures against Surrey and Essex, but showed glimpses of form with scores of 36 and 19 in the team's nine-wicket defeat against England Lions at Derby last week, and the lure of a Lord's Test is likely to persuade him to push through the pain barrier.

"I've pushed myself five percent more than maybe I would have done on other grounds," Tamim told Cricinfo. "I'm really excited to play at Lord's in a Test match. It will be a dream come true and I really want to play, because I don't know when I'll get another chance."

Tamim conceded that the prospect of surgery had not been entirely ruled out, but given Bangladesh's hectic schedule, which includes the Asia Cup straight after the Test series, followed by the one-day leg of the England tour in July, finding a three-month window that will allow him sufficient time to recuperate ahead of the World Cup next February is a tricky balancing act.

"I went to a specialist yesterday, and he said you've got two choices," Tamim said. "Either you play with taping and hope there won't be any harm, or you can have surgery that will take three months. We have a very busy schedule so the team management told me to decide, so I am seeing another doctor today [Tuesday], and if he gives me the green signal, then I'll play the first match, and think about surgery when I am free.

Tamim was the stand-out performer for Bangladesh during England's tour of the country in March, in which he scored a brilliant century in the first ODI in Dhaka, followed by three free-flowing half-centuries in four innings during the Tests. Whether fully fit or otherwise, his presence at the top of the order will provide his side with vital experience in alien bowler-friendly conditions.

"Test cricket is most important, so I don't want to take any chances, but I'm batting okay in the nets and the pain is getting better day by day," he said. "This is my third tour to England, and last time I played okay. I scored some runs against South Africa and the county teams, so there won't be any problem adjusting to the wickets. I am an international cricket player, so I need to adjust to every ground and every wicket."

Bangladesh's preparations for the first Test have been blighted by illness as well as injury, with their captain, Shakib Al Hasan, being forced into quarantine after contracting chicken pox early in the tour. He took a full part in training on Monday and is sure to lead his team out on Thursday morning, but the disruption is not what Bangladesh needed ahead of such a tough assignment.

"I think he's fully recovered now, he's running around, batting and bowling, and he'll be there in the first Test to captain our side," said Tamim. "We were not allowed to go anywhere near him [last week], he was staying alone, and only the guys who'd had chicken pox before were allowed to go and see him. I asked my mother if I'd ever had chicken pox and she said I hadn't, but then I did a test and it said that I had had, which was funny."

Assuming Bangladesh can overcome their setbacks to field a full-strength side, Tamim hopes that they can build on the encouraging displays that they showed against England earlier in the year. "We know that we are an improving side, we are doing okay in international games, but we are just not winning games," he said. "We've got to prove to the world that we can play in any conditions."

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo

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  • Pollok on May 27, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    firstly thanks everyone for the overwhelming support.

    Now back at sam_k14:

    How many points do u get when u lose a test match in 5 days...If i remember correctly its still 0. England lost 5-0 to Australia...I understand u trying to pick on Bangladesh. Its humiliating for Bangladesh even to lose 5-0 so lord knows how u must feel losing 5-0 after playing this game for over 100 years. And yes the crowd will be bigger in the Ashes...afterall who wouldnt pay to watch a 100 year old test team getting humiliated...I'd pay double money just to watch dat cuz its very rare & u cant get to see such humiliation without England being on the field...See you in Dhaka for the World Cup.

  • VaRUN on May 27, 2010, 2:14 GMT

    @SAM_K14, It does not matter if england can manage to play for more than 3 days or not in Australia. 5-0 is still 5-0. As far as the crowd for england vs Australia tests goes, I think people will show up even if you guys send an english paralympics team to play Ashes because everyone wants to see pommies get whipped.

  • Dummy4 on May 27, 2010, 2:06 GMT

    Bangladesh havent lost by an innings in well over a year

  • Dummy4 on May 27, 2010, 0:49 GMT

    An international team whose key players are mostly non-English, should not be playing international test cricket. They better play as a county team. Some of the English cricket fan were talking about Lords and their glory as the origin of cricket. When they can't even provide a pure English team, they should not be talking like that. Now a days England have won Ashes in their own soil. But look, The key players of those test matches were mostly non-english. What would have happened if we could bring 1 Saurav Ganguly or Sachin Tendulkar or Inzamam class's player to our team ? The whole team would have played around him. But, This is what nationality is all about in our sub-continent. This is our pride. INDIA, SRILANKA, PAKISTAN, Bangladesh will never bring out-siders to their team. Moreover, These countries have never been out of talent like english cricket. Instead of saying CRICKET ENGLAND, I think it shoud be said ENGLAND_SOUTHAFRICA_PAKISTAN_INDIA_IRELAND_CRICKET.

  • Syed Nahid on May 27, 2010, 0:45 GMT

    More to Sam. Do u know the answers? If u know answer these questions? 1. What infrastructure did Pakistan or Zimbabwe had when they were included in the Test elite club? 2. How Zimbabwe got Test Status? (don't 4get England's coach is a Zimbabwean!!) 3.How long did NZ took to win 1st test match? 4. Only after 3 years of getting test status what Bangladesh did against a strong Pakistan team in Multan in 2003? 5. What Bangladesh did against Australia In Bangladesh about 2-3 years ago? 6. How many members of ur so called WI d teams player representing current WI XI? 7.Even if u see England tour of BD, how could ENG won a test against BD, where if they did not had like Pollock mentioned 11 + 2 players (2 umpires) played for them?

    Look Sam Bangladesh may be taking time but it has been only ten years but I think Bangladesh will beat ENG in the WC's group match.

  • Syed Nahid on May 27, 2010, 0:31 GMT

    I am pointing at Sam. This man does not know what he is talking about! He is suspecting about the prospect of Bangladesh winning a major ICC trophy by next 100 year!! Holy cow. I dont know where does he live. If he is living in the UK he should know how people in the UK react when you talk about it and if he ever been to Bangladesh he would see the real love and passion for a game like cricket. You would hardly find people in the England want to play cricket. Most people would laugh at you if you speak about cricket in a pub, while if you speak about Football people consider you are talking something sensible. Sam is saying about Bangladesh making the game substandard but not more than the England Pollok has rightly spotted the fact how England lose to Aussie and other countries. I hope Sam understand. Moreover, I will not surprised if Bangladesh go to semifinal in the next world cup or in Asia cup in next 3 years. Unfortunately, the future is very bright 4 BD which is dark 4 Eng.

  • Bang on May 26, 2010, 22:21 GMT

    Come on Sam_k14, a loss is a loss and we have seen England and the word loss tagged all along. So, bad loss by Bangladesh and "good" loss by England against Australia is a sheer stupid logic! Tell us a story of consecutive victories by the great English side in ANY series other than against Bangladesh. So, its a help that Bangladesh is playing against England to register some wins. Hopefully, some non-mercenary English player can improve his average :)

    And number of spectators you said? The highest number of spectators of any Ashes match was 18,000. Do you think those numbers helped to recover even the management cost for the stadium? Get a life and if you can, help your team play some cricket, instead of claiming being the father of cricket alone!

  • Sam on May 26, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    @pollock911, Sorry old chap I beg to disagree. First of all, you seem to have forgotten that England got the ashes. Secondsly, when they play in Australia they dont lose like the way BD loses. BD consistently loses by an innings or over 200 runs and the match is over in three days. that is not the performance England displays in Australia. Besides, the number of spectators will tell you that no one seems to think they are being robbed. Number of spectators (if any) for BD matches tell what cricket fans think. So we as fans are short changed. Australians dont seem to think so about touring Engli9sh teams. Hope I got your doubt clarified and of course you are welcome.

  • Pollok on May 26, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    Sam_k14: offcourse England won the T20 cup fair & square its just that they took over 100 years to finally win something significant. We have shown on our home turf that we can fight for 5 days (even against 11 English players & 2 Umpires). Speak for yourself when you talk about the cricketing world cuz i can show u 5 person for every 1 person who thinks BD should have their test status revoked. We are still to find our feet outside the sub-continent but even Pakistan & Sri Lanka struggles against seaming pitches. I get your point of wanting to see more competitive cricket but then again the Aussies are also robbed of competitive cricket every time England tours Australia...ouchhh

  • VaRUN on May 26, 2010, 17:36 GMT

    I would suggest all English fans to take it a little easy on the Banglas. It may come back to bite you in the bum. I'm not a Bangla fan but I like this bloke Tamim who seems to have lot of talent. Tamim will score a century in this test.

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