Bangladesh cricket team will have to play the upcoming ODI series against New Zealand without their opening batsman Tamim Iqbal and former captain Mohammad Ashraful.
Twenty-one-year-old Tamim Iqbal was left out after undergoing wrist surgery.
This left-handed young batsman has been replaced by another left-handed opener, Shahriar Nafees. Shahriar Nafees made his return to the ODI squad after two years to play for the five-match series.
It could not be possible for him to make his place in the national squad if Tamim Iqbal didn’t go under surgery.
The absence of Tamim Iqbal made big void in the national squad. He was the permanent member for opening position. So, it will be a hard task for Shahriar Nafees to replace him successfully.
No doubt, Shahriar Nafees will be under immense pressure. Tamim Iqbal’s injury also has given him a chance to cement his place once again in the national squad.
He sustained his injury in Melbourne on September 13. The good news is that he underwent successful surgery to remove bone from the base of the third metacarpal of his left hand.
Former Bangladesh captain, Mohammad Ashraful, was left out from the squad. It seems that Bangladesh cricket team will be rejuvenated with some fresh faces.
The five-match ODI series is scheduled to start from October 5. All the matches will take place at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.