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'Playing in England is always special' -Iqbal

Bangladesh receive Iqbal boost for Windies ODIs

Bangladesh news

Bangladesh stalwart Tamim Iqbal is set to return to the top of the order for the upcoming home ODI series against the West Indies.

He has not played international cricket since sustaining a wrist injury against Sri Lanka in the opening match of the Asia Cup in September. It was expected that Iqbal would return for the two-match Test series, but an untimely rib injury in training further delayed his comeback.

Iqbal's wrist injury ruled him out of the Asia Cup
Iqbal's wrist injury ruled him out of the Asia Cup

The 29-year old has been a mainstay for his country across all formats since his breakthrough in 2007, amassing 20 international centuries and recording a whopping 183 ODI caps. 

"He has been cleared by the physio to play the ODIs. We are expecting him to play from the start of the series," said Minhajul Abedin, chief selector for Bangladesh.

Iqbal and ODI skipper Mashrafe Mortaza are set to play for a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI in a warm-up game against the Windies this week.

Mortaza will play in a match alongside Iqbal for a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI
Mortaza will play in a match alongside Iqbal for a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI

"We included Mashrafe and Tamim in the practice match squad as we felt they need some match practice before the series," Minhajul added.

Bangladesh are currently battling it out with the Windies in the second and final Test in Mirpur, having toppled the tourists by 64 runs in the first bout.

The first ODI of the three-match series commences on 9 December, before matches on the 14th and 17th. A three-game T20I series will follow. 

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