Bangladesh fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman will not be available to participate in overseas T20 Leagues for next two years. The decision was confirmed by Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan on Friday.
Mustafizur’s budding career has been hampered by frequent injuries which in turn has also seen him miss several crucial series for the national team. So far Rahman has played only ten Tests, 27 ODIs and 24 T20Is for Bangladesh. Due to his recurring toe injury, Rahman also had to miss Bangladesh’s tour of West Indies where the Tigers suffered an embarrassing 2-0 whitewash. Prior to that, they were also beaten 3-0 by Afghanistan in a T20I series in Dehradun,
Nazmul voiced his opinion when his attention was drawn towards the ongoing series against West Indies in the Caribbean and the areas of
immediate improvement for the team that was blown away two-nil in
Mustafizur missed the series against Afghanistan and Test series against West Indies after picking up a toe injury while playing for Mumbai Indians in the 2018 edition of Indian Premier League.
”I have told him [Mustafizur] that h will not be available [for foreign franchise-based tournaments] for the next two years. It cannot go on like this. He will pick up injuries while playing in franchise leagues and won’t be available to perform national duties. It is just not acceptable that his rehabilitation from injuries will be taken care of by the board only for him to join those leagues where similar things will happen again,” Hassan told reporters.
Nazmul Hassan also ruminated, “Mustafiz doesn’t want to play Tests. He doesn’t say that he won’t play Test matches but he tries to avoid it. It is maybe because he often gets injured and he may feel he probably would get injured again while playing Tests.”
“The wickets in West Indies were seam-friendly with green tops and their bowlers are over six feet seven inches tall. Our players were not prepared to handle bowling from such heights and I think they should have fixed the bowling machine a bit higher while batting in the nets,” was Hassan’s analysis of the recent Test debacle in West Indies.
Injuries have continued to haunt the young bowler since he picked up the shoulder strain in England in 2016 early into his career while playing in the Twenty20 blast. In 2017, he sustained a grade-two lateral ankle injury while warming up with a football drill on the tour of South Africa, an injury that caused him to miss the start of BPL 2017.
Earlier, Australian opener David Warner had also urged the Bangladesh cricket board to take adequate care of Rahman to prevent a burn out. “He’s a very good bowler. I think the one thing that Bangladesh have to do is look after him. You have to look after your fast bowlers, so if he’s your number one strike bowler moving forward when you’ve got a couple of Test matches and one-dayers coming up, you’ve really got to monitor that.” Warner had said.
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