Bangladesh news July 19, 2016

Mustafizur Rahman set for Sussex debut on July 21

Mustafizur Rahman will be the first Bangladesh international to play for Sussex © Associated Press

Mustafizur Rahman, the Bangladesh left-arm seamer, will fly to London on Wednesday morning after finally receiving his UK visa on Tuesday afternoon in Dhaka. This means he will be available for Sussex's NatWest T20 Blast game against Essex in Chelmsford, on July 21. Mustafizur can now play at least seven games for the county side in the T20 and one-day competition.

Mustafizur's departure had been delayed by seven days because of visa issues, after he could not leave on July 13 as planned. During that period, he worked on his fitness in Dhaka, after returning from a triumphant IPL campaign with multiple leg injuries.

The recovery took nearly a month, after which the BCB medical staff passed him fit. Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha said that a season in England would benefit Mustafizur immensely, although he was initially reluctant about the county stint. Sussex had signed him as their second overseas player, after New Zealand's Ross Taylor, for 2016, in March.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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