Bangladesh should not expect any immediate solution to their batting concerns in the second Test against Zimbabwe from star batsman Tamim Iqbal as the left-hander said on Thursday he was yet to be ready to make a comeback.
The second Test will start in Dhaka on Sunday, with the Tigers trailing Zimbabwe 1-0 in the two-Test series after their 151-run thrashing in Sylhet.
Tamim, who suffered a wrist injury during the opening match of the Asia Cup in UAE in September, returned to training in Dhaka on the same day the first Test had started.
But the 29-year old left-hander said instead of worrying about Zimbabwe, he was looking to make a comeback with the home series against West Indies, who will be arriving on November 15.
The first Test against West Indies will start in Chattogram on November 22.
‘I don’t think I can. I am not ready,’ Tamim told reporters in Mirpur about his chance of an early comeback.
‘I don’t think the physio will even permit me. It has been only three days I started semi-batting. Unless I start full-fledged nets, it won’t be fair to the team from my part to declare myself fit.
‘I think I will be fit for the first Test [against West Indies]. I always wanted to play the second Test against Zimbabwe. At least 3-4 weeks ago it was what I was aiming for.
‘I will play the two-day game if I feel that it is necessary. It depends where I am on the 16th or 17th November.
‘I have started batting against spin and the dog-stick. I haven’t faced any major pain, but since there’s a bit of weakness in my hand, particular shots give me a bit of pain. Once we do some strength work, the weakness will go away,’ he added.
Bangladesh badly missed the service of the talismanic opener during the first Test in Sylhet when they were bowled out for just 143 and 169 runs respectively.
Tamim, the leading run-getter for the Tigers in Tests, however, backed his team-mates 100 per cent to perform well in the second Test and bounce back in the series.
‘The team and I know that we didn’t play our best cricket. We are a much better team than this. It is a fact that we haven’t performed in Tests like we have done in ODIs.
‘Our West Indies Test series wasn’t good at all.
Our graph in Test cricket hasn’t gone as high as we’d liked.
‘I have spoken to few of the players. Some also called me. It is a very personal thing. I have helped from my part, delivered the message.
‘If they are losing, it is also coming to me. I am part of that team. We didn’t play good cricket, which is why we have reached this situation,’ he added.
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