Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal has returned to training while other opening batsman Soumya Sarkar took part in a light running session as the Tigers practised at Senwes Park Monday ahead of their first Test match against South Africa.
Tamim was injured and retired hurt batting on five during the Tigers’ three-day practice game against Cricket South Africa XI at Willowmoore Park in Benoni on Thursday.
It was later revealed that he was suffering from a grade one tear in his left leg muscle.
He did not bat in the second innings of the warm-up match.
This kind of injury usually takes seven to 10 days to be fully healed but the opener was looking comfortable at the nets later and according to team sources, he has a great chance of playing the first Test against the Proteas, starting Thursday in Potchefstroom.
The team started training around 9:30am local time.
But both Tamim and Soumya did not take part in the warm-up session with the team early in the morning.
The opening pair of Tamim and Soumya started their day with walking and light warm-up sessions with physio Thihan Chandramohan.
After that the duo performed short running with the physio.
Tamim looked better in terms of fitness and Soumya was not looking 100% fit.
Following light warm-up session, Tamim went out to bat and did some knocking in the nets for about 20mins or so as head coach Chandika Hathurusingha threw balls toward him.
Soumya did not take part in any fielding drills or catching sessions during practice.
It seems that the opener still felt stiffness around his right shoulder.
"Soumya meanwhile, suffered a neck strain and was kept out from the field as precautionary measure in the third and final day of the practice match," said the Tigers physio.
Only two days remain till the first Test and Soumya’s chance of playing remain unclear.
Tamim scored 498 runs in 14 Test innings in 2017, with five half-centuries, at an average of 35.57.
Soumya meanwhile, made 439 in 12 innings, with four half-centuries, at an average of 36.58.