Sports Reporter
Bangladesh injured southpaw opener Tamim Iqbal has started full-fledged practice yesterday at BCB academy ground in Mirpur, as the left handed batsman continues his rehabilitation from injury. There were rumours before Dhaka Test about Ta­mim’s inclusion in the roster. Ho­wever, he was out of Dhaka Test with strain injury. He also practiced on Thursday with two leg spinners, Rishad and Likhan. Yesterday, pacers were also added in practice session. Pace man Mustafizur Rahman, Khaled Ah­med, Ariful Ha­que and Alauddin Babu bow­led to him during
practice.
In the first round of training session, Tamim was not facing the bowlers with ease. He was a bit rusty as leg spinner’s delivery was getting the edge of his bat. He was also struggling to cope with Mustafizur’s bouncers. However, in the second round of training session, Tamim played them in a composed way.
“If everything goes well I should be available from the beginning of the ODIs against West Indies,” Tamim told reporters at the academy premises on Saturday. “But before that I am looking forward to play the practice game at BKSP.”
During the second day’s play of the ongoing second Test between Bangladesh and the Windies at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka, Steve Rhodes and the rest of the coaching staff took some
time off to visit the academy ground.
Tamim, currently undergoing a rehabilitation progra­mme, was named in the BCB XI team that will face the Windies in the practice match on December 6. ODI skipper Mashrafe Mortaza was named the captain for the 13-member side which also includes Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun and Rubel Hossain.