Bangladesh ponder Tamim selection

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Chief selector Faruque Ahmed has suggested batsman Tamim Iqbal will feature in Bangladesh's squads for a tough tour of the West Indies in August and September.

Chief selector Faruque Ahmed has suggested batsman Tamim Iqbal will feature in Bangladesh's squads for a tough tour of the West Indies in August and September.

Iqbal's last five innings in Twenty20 International cricket brought a mere 32 runs, while June's three ODIs against India saw just four runs in two innings. He, too, failed in a recent limited-overs showpiece between the Marylebone Cricket Club and the Rest of the World XI at Lord's.

"Tamim is one of our best players. We hope that most of our key players return to form before the World Cup. When they go through a bad patch, we keep an eye whether they are doing the other things properly," said Ahmed.

"He is working hard, trying. But it is not clear when he will return to form. We have options, so we are making a team in that way. I am not saying there won't be anyone new in the team this time but we are mindful of the conditions and the challenges of playing in West Indies."

The Windies and Bangladeshis will meet for three ODIs and a one-off T20I in Grenada and St Kitts. Two Tests will follow in St Vincent St Lucia. Veteran all-rounder and former captain Shakib Al Hasan will be unavailable due to a six-month suspension.

"Shakib is a very important player but this is part of cricket. Some players get injured, though Shakib has been suspended. We have played without him in the recent past," added Ahmed.

"From the point of view of the chief selector, we have to add an extra player when replacing Shakib. I think we can fill his place by picking an extra batsman or bowler."

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