Due to a thumb injury, Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal has been ruled out of the two-match Test series against Pakistan. Tamim, who last played for Bangladesh in an ODI against Zimbabwe in July, was sidelined for the Tigers’ whole T20 World Cup due to a knee injury. The left-handed batsman withdrew from the event to give young openers like Mohammad Naim and Liton Das an opportunity. Tamim, who is also Bangladesh’s ODI captain, said X-ray reports revealed he suffered a thumb fracture.

“My thumb remained swollen despite the fact that the fracture had practically healed. So we decided to have another X-ray, which confirmed that there was a fracture,” Tamim was quoted by ESPNCricinfo as saying. “There were probably two, but it didn’t show up on the initial scan.”l The finger has re-entered the split. I’m unable to relocate it. Everything has to start over,” he continued.

Tamim is Bangladesh’s greatest run-scorer in Test cricket, having scored 4788 runs in 123 innings. In addition, the southpaw has 31 fifties and nine hundreds to his credit. Bangladesh will play Pakistan in three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) before the two Test matches. The tour kicks off on November 19 at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, with all T20I matches taking place there.

The first Test will be held at Chattogram from November 26 to 30, with the second Test beginning on December 4 in Dhaka. Bangladesh qualified for the T20 World Cup by finishing second in Group B, but they were eliminated from the Super 12 stage after losing all of their Group 1 matches. Shakib Al Hasan, the veteran all-rounder, was ruled out of the tournament in the middle due to a hamstring injury, and his participation in the Pakistan series is now in doubt.