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Asia Cup 2018: Wrist injury forces Bangladesh batsman out of the tournament

He was thereafter rushed to a nearby hospital for a scan

Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan
Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Bangladesh came into this year’s Asia Cup as one of the dark horses. A couple of months ago, they rolled over the Windies in the ODI and the T20I series, and the victories kept them in good stead ahead of the multi-nation tournament. Previously, Shakib Al Hasan’s participation was under the clouds owing to the reason that he has been suffering from a finger injury for quite a while now.

However, he postponed his finger surgery and is playing the 50-overs event. Nevertheless, miseries just don’t seem to elude the team at least for the time being. It has recently been learned that Tamim Iqbal, their opening batter has been ruled out of the event due to a fractured wrist. Bangladesh is currently playing their first group match against Sri Lanka at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

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Body blow for Bangladesh

In the final delivery of the second over, the 29-year-old was hit flush on the wrist by fast bowler Suranga Lakmal. The batter tried to go for the pull shot and immediately showed discomfort after getting hit. Subsequently, he was treated with medical attention. Thereafter, he was rushed to a nearby hospital for a scan and Khaled Mahmud, their team manager updated about the same as per reports in ESPNcricinfo.

Unfortunately, he didn’t recover and the Tigers will now need to find his appropriate replacement at the top of the order. Tamim has had a prolific year with the willow having scored 539 runs in eight matches at an incredible average of 89.83. Moreover, he notched a couple of centuries against Windies at Providence and Basseterre respectively.

In the same series at the Caribbean Islands, he was the leading run scorer with 287 runs from three matches at an average of 143.50. Liton Das, who made a comeback to the ODI team, hasn’t quite found his feet in the format and Tamim’s absence can make Bangladesh’s top order look vulnerable. Bangladesh will next play Afghanistan at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on September 20.

For more news and developments, stay tuned on CricTracker.com.

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