Rhythm thrower Mustafizur Rahman is uncertain for Bangladesh as they prepare to face Zimbabwe in three one-day international matches, while captain Tamim Iqbal said on Thursday he expects to fight with a wound.
“He’s 50-50 years old now. We’ll get a feel for him after today,” Tamim said during a video briefing on Thursday.
Mustafizur injured his ankle in a warm-up match on Wednesday two days before the start of the series, according to the team.
Tamim, who missed Bangladesh’s victory in a single test against Zimbabwe in Harare last week with a knee injury, was more confident he would play.
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“My wound is in such a state that it will not go away quickly. It will not heal in five to six days. The physiotherapist gave me a plan. I hope I can handle it on the show,” said Tamim.
Tamim ignored the poor form of versatile Shakib Al Hasan, who scored just three points in a Test round, after a disappointing show in a home series against Sri Lanka.
“I’m still an optimistic man. I think a player of this stature can come back anytime,” Tamim said.
Bangladesh is already without a wicket-drummer Mushfiqur Rahim who has pulled out of the tour due to a family emergency.
The series begins Friday on the grounds of the Harare Sports Club.