Bangladesh expects Tamim Iqbal to be fit for first Test

Team manager Minhazul Nanna said a scan on the opener had revealed no significant damage.

Tamim Iqbal did not bat on the last day of Bangladesh’s three-day warm-up match against South African Invitation XI.   -  AP

Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal is expected to be fit for the first Test against South Africa, starting at Potchefstroom on Thursday.

Tamim did not bat for the tourist on the last day of its three-day warm-up match against a South African Invitation XI at Willowmoore Park on Saturday. But team manager Minhazul Nanna said a scan had revealed no significant damage after he strained a right thigh muscle on the first day of the match.

"He's okay," said Nanna. "He did not bat today but he should be ready for the Test match."

Tamim retired hurt after making five runs in the first innings and took no further part in the match. Bangladesh is back at full strength after the delayed arrival of fast bowler Rubel Hussain, who could not fly with the rest of the squad last weekend because of a visa mix-up.

Hossain did not get a chance to bowl in the warm-up match, however, after it was called off when Bangladesh declared its second innings at 235 for nine, more than an hour before the scheduled close. Left-hand opening batsman Imrul Kayes, one of only three survivors from Bangladesh's previous tour of South Africa in 2008-09, made 51 and Sabbir Rahman hit 67 - his second half-century of the match - before play was called.

Leg-spinner Shaun von Berg took four for 77 for the Invitation team.


Bangladesh 306 for 7 dec. and 235 for 9 dec. (Kayes 51, Mominul 33, Sabbir 67; Shaun von Berg 4 for 77, Leus du Plooy 2 for 51). SA Invitation XI 313 for 8 dec.

Match drawn.

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