Bangladesh opener Tamil Iqbal was on Saturday ruled out of the ongoing Asia Cup 2018 after fracturing his left wrist during team’s tournament opener against Sri Lanka which the Tigers won emphatically by 137 runs at the Dubai International Stadium.
The left-handed opener sustained the injury from only the third ball he faced when a Suranga Lakmal delivery struck him. He briefly received treatment from the team physio but was forced to retire hurt on two not out and is now expected to be out of action for six weeks.
Tamim was later taken to a hospital and scans there revealed a crack on the outside of his index finger.
However, to everyone’s surprise, the left-handed opener walked out to bat with Mushfiqur Rahim when Bangladesh lost their ninth wicket, just two hours after discovering about the fracture. But when Mustafizur Rahman was run out in the 47th over, Bangladesh were effectively restricted to 229. He stitched together a crucial 32-run partnership for the last wicket as Mushfiqur finished with a heroic 144 and his side posted a total of 261.
Mushfiqur later paid tribute to Tamim, saying it was a great gesture from the left-handed opener. “(I was) really surprised to see Tamim come to bat, it’s a great gesture,” said the wicketkeeper-batsman after being declared Player of the Match. “When I saw him, it boosted me to do something for him and for my country.”
Mashrafe Mortaza, the Bangladesh captain, also lauded Tamim, and said: “I think the word for Tamim is that ‘people should always remember him’. Tamim, whi is Bangladesh’s all-time leading run-scorer in ODIs, will be out of action for at least six weeks.
Bangladesh will now face Afghanistan on Thursday.