Tamim Iqbal, Bangladesh’s ODI captain, is set to return to competitive cricket after a long layoff due to injury. On Monday, the left-handed batsman batted for half an hour in the nets against spinners and had throwdowns at the BCB indoor facility (December 20). Tamim attempted a comeback in the Everest Premier League after withdrawing from the ICC T20 World Cup, but was struck by a new ailment, a fracture to his left thumb, which kept him out even longer.

He then tried to make a comeback in the National Cricket League, the country’s lone first-class tournament, to prepare for the home series against Pakistan, but that was postponed after a scan revealed a new fracture on his injured thumb when he went for a scan after feeling uneasy at a nets session.

Tamim travelled abroad for a check-up and was told that he needed to rest for six to eight weeks in order to heal, thus he missed the New Zealand tour as well. He appeared uneasy on his first day in the nets, despite the fact that he was batting against slower deliveries, and was observed checking on his injured thumb several times throughout the session.

The opener, who hasn’t played competitive cricket since October 6, began his training at the BCB school on Monday by focusing on the BCL white-ball format, which begins on January 9. “I am batting after a while and there is some pain,” Tamim told Cricbuzz on Monday. “But it will heal completely with time and I have to go through it.” “Later on, I’ll raise the intensity of my training, like batting against pace bowlers and other things, and then I’ll know where I stand. Let’s see if I can make the one-day BCL competition “Added he.

It was part of his recovery regimen, according to BCB chief physician Debashish Chowdhury, who added that if all goes well, they intend to have him play in the BCL one-day format. “This is a requirement of his rehabilitation. From November 20, he was expected to bat, and he did so. He’s up against slow bowlers right now, but his intensity will pick up later. We anticipate him competing in the BCL one-day format “he stated.