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Thigh injury forces Tamim to return home, to miss start of BPL

Tamim Iqbal gets into a tangle AFP

Tamim Iqbal has been ruled out of the rest of Bangladesh's tour to South Africa after aggravating the injury on his left thigh muscle for the second time in two weeks. He will return home on October 22, and is set to miss at least the first two weeks of the Bangladesh Premier League, which is scheduled to begin on November 4.

Tamim had first injured his left thigh during the practice match at the start of the tour in Benoni and in the first Test in Potchefstroom, which he played carrying the injury. Both instances occurred when he was fielding.

Despite not being 100% fit, he played the second ODI in Paarl. Before the game however, he had said that he was risking another injury.

At the time, Tamim said: "If I get injured again [in the same spot], then I will be out for two months which I hope the team management doesn't want and neither do I."

When he played in Paarl, there were many who were dismayed by the team management's decision to risk an in-form batsman, like Tamim, who had already aggravated the injury during the first ODI. Bangladesh, meanwhile, have also lost Mustafizur Rahman due to an ankle injury.

Chief selector Minhajul Abedin, on the South Africa tour as manager, has said that Mominul Haque, who is in the ODI squad, will remain with the team for the T20Is as Tamim's replacement.