Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal will miss the T20I series with three games against New Zealand, which follows the three-game ODI series between the two teams, which starts on Saturday.
“I told the team management and the head coach and I wish the best for the team,” Iqbal said at a Zoom press conference before the ODI series.
Iqbal, who is concerned about a hamstring problem, said he hopes to play the opening ODI against New Zealand. “I hope to play the opening game. I trained today and I will train tomorrow and I am in good shape after the lower leg injury,” he said.
The left-hander was excluded from the team’s warm-up game on March 16 due to a problem with his lower leg. Iqbal is the second senior member of the team to miss the T20I series after a mascot wagon and a former captain Shakib Al Hasan took paternity leave and chose not to travel to New Zealand. Shakib also dropped a duel in Sri Lanka in April to play in the Indian Premier League.
“We have to look at it this way so that we don’t get all the players every time and we have to look forward (even to play), even when they are not available,” Iqbal said.