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Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal is expected to be fully fit prior to the start of the 2015 World Cup after undergoing knee surgery in Melbourne.
Iqbal complained of pain in his knee two weeks ago and travelled to Australia after Christmas to meet with orthopaedic surgeon Dr David Young.
“Tamim Iqbal underwent an arthroscopic evaluation and surgery for a left meniscal pathology at the Avenue Hospital in Melbourne today,” the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said via a statement. “The procedure was performed by orthopedic surgeon Dr David Young.
“BCB’s senior physician Dr Debashish Chowdhury, who has been in constant contact with the surgeon, [was] informed that Dr Young is confident that Tamim will be able to return to cricket practice in two-to-three weeks following his rehab, which will begin immediately.
“The BCB medical team will decide on the management plan for the player in consultation with Dr Young after evaluating the complete report on the surgery.”
Even though Iqbal will be undergoing a rehabilitation programme, Bangladesh chief selector Faruque Ahmed confirmed that he will be considered for the country’s 15-man World Cup squad.
“He [Tamim Iqbal] will be considered one hundred per cent,” Ahmed told ESPNcricinfo. “The report has given us optimism as he will have ample time to rehabilitate from the surgery and begin nets in due time.”