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Tamim’s availability for Asia Cup depends on fitness

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is likely to consider the likes of Soumya Sarkar, Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Zakir Hasan and some other players from the Emerging Asia Cup squad for the preliminary squad of the Asia Cup.The players who would make room in the final squad from the preliminary camp would finally play the World Cup also.However the availability of Tamim Iqbal who reversed his retirement decision to take a six-week rest, will depend on his fitness, said BCB Cricket Operations Chairman Jalal Younus.”Our incumbent ODI captain Tamim Iqbal will fly for London on July 26. He will have a treatment here for his recurring back problem. We hope that he will comeback on July 31 after which we’ll get a clear picture on him,” Younus said here today.The camp for the Asia Cup which will run from August 30 to September 17, is likely to start on July 29. “Some players of the Emerging Asia Cup are highly likely to be included in the preliminary camp. But whether they will be in the final squad will be entirely depended on the selection panel.”Bangladesh A team will take on India in the semifinal of the Emerging Asia Cup tomorrow (Friday). Soumya has scored 90 runs and claimed 5 wickets to make him a strong contender while Mahmudul Hasan Joy had 111 runs including a century. Tanzid Tamim scored 128 runs with two half-centuries and Zakir Hasan made one fifty and 99 runs. Sheikh Mahedi Hasan was also in form with 47 runs and two wickets.

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