Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal set to be added to Bhairahawa Gladiators squad

Tamim Iqbal

Tamim Iqbal, the Bangladesh premier opening batsman, has received the No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Bangladesh Cricket Board to play in Nepal’s Everest T20 Premier League for Bhairahawa Gladiators.

As per sources, Tamim has received the NOC to play for the Gladiators team this season of EPL. “We have received a letter from Tamim for NOC to take part in EPL,” said Akram Khan, Chairman of BCB cricket operation.

Tamim sustained a knee injury during Bangladesh’s tour of Zimbabwe in July and is expected to recover before the start of the tournament. The left-handed batsman has stepped aside from the Bangladesh T20 World Cup squad, explaining that he did not want to take the place of openers who have been playing in the format more regularly than him in recent times.

Bhairahawa Gladiators has already added Sri Lanka’s former players like Dhammika Prasad and Upul Tharanga to their squad.

Sharad Vesawkar is leading the side with national players like Aarif Sheikh, Rohit Kumar Poudel, Abhinash Bohara, and Kushal Malla. Similarly, Pradeep Airee, Bhuvan Karki, Krishna Karki, Anil Kharel, Harishankar Shah, Deepesh Shrestha, Vikas Agri, Durgesh Thapa, and Himanshu Dutta are other domestic players in the team. Pubudu Dassanayake, the former Nepali coach is the head coach of the team.

Everest Premier League is set to be played from September 25 to October 9 at Tribhuvan University Cricket Ground in Kathmandu.