“I was feeling very weak,” Iqbal posted on his official Facebook page
Tamim Iqbal will undergo tests on Sunday after he fell ill during Fortune Barishal’s Bangabandhu T20 Cup match against Beximco Dhaka on Saturday. Iqbal didn’t take the field during Barishal’s defence of 193, with Mehidy Hasan Miraz deputising.
Iqbal later wrote on his official Facebook page that he wasn’t feeling well shortly after he was dismissed for 19 off 17 balls, and upon the advice of the BCB’s medical team, returned to the BCB’s bio-secure hotel in central Dhaka.
“I wasn’t feeling well since yesterday (Friday),” he posted. “I felt even worse after I returned to the dressing room upon my dismissal. I was feeling very weak. BCB’s medical team advised me to immediately return to the team hotel, and a few overs after I was out, I left the stadium. I will undergo all the tests tomorrow. I am seeking everyone’s prayers. If I am feeling well, I will play the Eliminator match.”
However, it is not clear what exactly happened to Iqbal, but Dhaka – and many parts of Bangladesh – is currently experiencing unusually cold weather.
Iqbal, who has made 302 runs at an average of 43.14 in this competition, has led Barishal in all the matches except for the second half of this game against Dhaka, which they lost by two runs. As a result, Barishal will face the same opponents in the Eliminator on Monday.
The BCB has so far been stringent with their health protocols due to the pandemic, having secured several areas within the hotel where all five teams participating in the Bangabandhu T20 Cup are based. The board has also not allowed crowds at the Shere Bangla National Stadium since domestic cricket resumed in October.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84