Bangladesh Opener, Tamim Iqbal, is Optimistic about Timely Return for World Cup Amidst Rehabilitation
In a positive turn of events, Bangladesh cricket fans can breathe a sigh of relief as star opener Tamim Iqbal expresses confidence in his recovery process, aiming to make himself available for the upcoming World Cup in India. Tamim, who has been battling a back injury, has been diligently pursuing a comprehensive rehabilitation program to ensure his fitness for the crucial tournament.
As part of his recovery plan, Tamim has been strategically rested from the forthcoming Asia Cup, with the focus on his rehabilitation to ensure his participation in the three-match ODI series against New Zealand, which is scheduled just ahead of the World Cup.
The cricketer commenced net sessions earlier, and the latest update indicates that he is on track to begin full-fledged training from September 7, providing him with two weeks to prepare for the ODI series against New Zealand. Speaking about his progress, Tamim remarked, “It’s going good (as far as rehabilitation is concerned). I think the way my plan is set we are right on track.”
Tamim expressed satisfaction with the rehabilitation process, stating that he hasn’t experienced major pain since receiving treatment. He shared his enthusiasm about the progress, stating, “I am very happy and whoever is involved with the program (rehabilitation)… all of them are satisfied with the process.”
He highlighted the significance of the upcoming matches, including the three ODIs against New Zealand and two practice games, in his preparation for the World Cup. However, Tamim emphasized the importance of proper net sessions, stating, “It’s important…but for me, what is important is to have proper 10 days of net sessions.”
Tamim’s recent cricket journey has also included a challenging emotional aspect. He had announced his retirement from international cricket in July, only to later reverse his decision following intervention from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. He then stepped down from the captaincy role. Reflecting on these events, Tamim acknowledged the potential discomfort in the dressing room due to recent happenings. He shared his thought process, mentioning, “The major thing that came to my mind is that I can be angry with someone… I don’t want to be that selfish person, that is the only reason I left captaincy.”
Through this rollercoaster of events, Tamim Iqbal’s determination to recover and contribute to the Bangladesh cricket team’s success remains undeterred. His commitment to his rehabilitation program and his team’s unity underscores his dedication to the sport and his country’s cricketing aspirations. Cricket enthusiasts eagerly await his return to the field, hoping to witness his remarkable skills on display in the forthcoming World Cup.