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Tamim Iqbal out of Bangladesh's ODI series against India, in doubt for Tests

Earlier on Thursday, fast bowler Taskin Ahmed was ruled out of the first ODI due to a back injury

Mohammad Isam
Mohammad Isam
01-Dec-2022
File photo: Tamim Iqbal sustained the injury during a warm-up match  •  Raton Gomes/BCB

File photo: Tamim Iqbal sustained the injury during a warm-up match  •  Raton Gomes/BCB

Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal has been ruled out of the ODI series against India, which begins on December 4 in Mirpur, due to a groin injury. He is also in doubt for the Test series that begins on December 14 in Chattogram. Tamim picked up the injury during a warm-up match at the same venue on Wednesday.
Earlier on Thursday, fast bowler Taskin Ahmed was ruled out of the first ODI due to a back injury.
"Tamim has a Grade 1 strain on his right groin which has been confirmed following an MRI," Bangladesh team physio Bayjedul Islam Khan said. "We will maintain a conservative treatment protocol for him for two weeks after which his rehab will begin. Unfortunately it means he will not be available for the ODI series and will be doubtful for the Test series."
The BCB are yet to name a captain or a replacement for Tamim. They have however called up Shoriful Islam as a back-up for Taskin from the Bangladesh A side who are currently playing against India A in Cox's Bazar.
"Taskin is out of the first ODI and we will know about his availability for the rest of the ODI series only after another fitness test," Bangladesh's chief selector Minhajul Abedin told ESPNcricinfo earlier on Thursday.
Taskin suffered the injury during a BCL match on November 20 for which he has been taking a pain-killer injection for the last few days. He has emerged as the bowling attack leader in the last 12 months after making a stellar comeback to international cricket. But earlier this year, he was out of action for a few months due to a shoulder injury. He picked up the back injury during a BCL match on November 20.
The first ODI will be held in Dhaka on Sunday followed by the second one at the same venue on December 7 and the final match on December 10 in Chattogram.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84