In what comes as a huge setback to an already injury-hit Bangladesh, opener Tamim Iqbal has been ruled out of the remainder of the Asia Cup with a fractured wrist.
The left-handed batsman was struck on his left wrist after missing a pull off Suranga Lakmal in the second over of Bangladesh's game against Sri Lanka on Saturday (September 15). Having left the field soon after suffering the blow, Tamim went straight to a hospital and had an X-Ray which revealed a fracture. He was later spotted with a sling around his left arm.
Tamim wasn't in the best of fitness even before the opening game of the Asia Cup. He had sustained an injury on his right hand index finger during a fielding drill on August 28 and hadn't practiced since, and Mominul Haque was flown in as a possible replacement.
Apart from Tamim's injury, Bangladesh are also struggling with the fitness of few other players including seniors like Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim.
Shakib has been nursing an injury to his left little finger for a few months and had even contemplated missing the Asia Cup to undergo a surgery before deciding to postpone it. Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Bangladesh's top-order batsman, is still recovering from a dislocated right index finger while Mushfiqur suffered a minor injury during fielding practice on the day before the game, although he didn't seem to be in any discomfort in the game against Sri Lanka where he scored a half-century.