Cape Town - Bangladesh batsman Tamim Iqbal is targeting a return from
injury when the Tigers take on the West Indies at home later this month.
Tamim injured his hand during the Asia Cup in September and
had originally planned to make his return to competitive cricket in time for
the second Test against Zimbabwe, starting in Dhaka on Sunday, but he will give
the injury more time to heal.
The Windies tour Bangladesh for two Tests, three ODIs and
three T20Is with the first Test set to start on 22 November.
In quotes published on ESPNCricinfo, Tamim said: "I
think I will be fit for the first Test [against West Indies].
"I always wanted to play the second Test against
Zimbabwe, at least that was the plan three or four weeks ago. I am not ready. I
don't think the physio will even permit me.
"It has just been three days of batting against spin
bowling and the dog-stick. It is actually semi-batting what I am doing right
"Unless I start full-fledged nets, it won't be fair for
the team to declare myself fit."
The experienced Tamim is also confident the Tigers can
bounce back from their defeat in the first against Zimbabwe in Sylhet.
The hosts put in a disappointing performance with the bat as
they lost by 151 runs and now must win the second and final Test to square the
Tamim said: "They will bounce back. I know that we
didn't play our best cricket. We are a much better team than this.
"It is a fact that we haven't performed in Tests, like
we have done in ODIs. I don't think any of our team members said that we have
become a very strong Test team.
"But it is also true that we have started to play
better Test cricket than five years ago. We have defeated two of the best sides
in the world.
"But our West Indies Test series wasn't good at all.
Our graph in Test cricket hasn't gone as high as we'd liked."