Bangladesh in Sri Lanka 2012-13 March 8, 2013

Wrist injury forces Tamim to skip Galle Test


Tamim Iqbal was forced to sit out of the first Test against Sri Lanka due to the wrist injury he picked up at the Bangladesh Premier League, despite the cortisone injection he received in a bid to get match fit.

That meant Tamim missed his first Test in 27 games since debuting five years ago. It was also the first time that Bangladesh have played a Test without him or Shakib Al Hasan since Kandy in 2007.

"Unfortunately even after the cortisone injection into his joint [radial ulnar], he still had some pain and felt unprepared for the first Test," BCB physio Vibhav Singh said. "Tamim had consulted with Dr David Young in Sri Lanka, who advised for further management of his injury."

Vibhav Singh is hopeful that he will recover before the Colombo Test, which begins on March 16. "We are working towards getting him fit for the second Test, and we are hopeful that he will recover sufficiently [in time for that]."

The other injury setback Bangladesh faced was that of Rubel Hossain, who had picked up back trouble earlier on this tour. Rubel did not train on Thursday either, but it was hoped that he would be ready to take the field come match day. This forced Bangladesh to ultimately make six changes to the team that played against West Indies three months ago.

"Rubel has been presented with severe back muscle spasms," Vibhav Singh said. "He missed practice to allow for [his injury] to settle, but failed his fitness test this morning."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • KH. RAFIQUE on March 9, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    What is wrong with him?I guess he is not that much passionate to play for his country.Thats why he is not serious about recovering his injury otherwise he got more than 3 weeks to recover as he was absent due to injury since last week of BPL2.All the best..........

  • Chris on March 8, 2013, 23:50 GMT

    Its time to drop Tamim he just doesn't have the desire like he use to. I just hope someone like Anamul performs so Tamim's place will be in jeopardy across all forms because Anamul also along with Shahriar, Ashraful and newcomer Shamsur Rahman are putting in far better performances than him in the last 5 months.

  • Abu on March 8, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    It's "now or Never" as Elvis would say!can't take the heat get out of the kitchen!

  • associate cricket fan on March 8, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    @Baundele. Bangladesh C Had they won/drawn any test match with their full strength team?

  • Baundule on March 8, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    Bangladesh are fielding their C team, while Sri Lanka have got everyone except Mahela. But the media, e.g., cricinfo is saying over and over again that Sri Lanka have given chance to young blood! I do know which old blood they left out. The aftermath of this media lies will put more pressure on Bangladesh, if they lose the test, which is likely.

  • mahbub on March 8, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    bangladesh going to miss shakib,tamim,rubel hoissain and enamul haque jnr...

  • mahbub on March 8, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    we missed our best choices of player this series like 1.Shakib al hasan 2.Tamim Iqbal 3.Enamul haque jnr 4.Rubel Hossain

    this four players will be missed quite badly in this series, bad luck for bangladesh

  • Jonny on March 8, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    pain, pain, pain common!! if he's hurt then he shouldn't have come on this tour simple as that. I question Tamim's attitude to whether he actually cares performing for his country or not.

  • Dummy4 on March 8, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    The BPL has been terrible for player fitness. So many of the stars are out.

  • Dummy4 on March 8, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    its a big miss for Bangladesh although there's a chance for make well debut for anamul . Best of luck for him . I got a feeling that anamul will make double hundreds in this test.

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