Bangladesh news February 17, 2017

Mustafizur ready for SL tour - Bangladesh chief selector


Mustafizur Rahman made a return to the side on the New Zealand tour but struggled with his fitness © AFP

Bangladesh's chief selector Minhajul Abedin has indicated that Mustafizur Rahman could be picked for the full tour of Sri Lanka next month, after watching the fast bowler's performance in his latest domestic first-class appearance.

In two matches for South Zone in the Bangladesh Cricket League, Mustafizur has taken four wickets in 48 overs. He was excluded from the side for the one-off Test against India to give him time to recover fully from a shoulder surgery. Mustafizur underwent surgery in August last year after injuring his shoulder in July, while bowling for Sussex in the English T20 tournament. He was picked for the New Zealand tour but struggled, taking five wickets in the four limited-overs matches he played. Mustafizur did not play in any of the Tests.

"I am really impressed with the way he bowled in the second innings [against Central Zone]," Minhajul said. "I think he got back his rhythm, so there is no need for him to play the fourth-round match. You can only know whether he will be in the Test team or not when we announce it but I can say that he is ready to play the full series in Sri Lanka."

Mustafizur said that he is back to full fitness and had regained confidence in bowling longer spells. He is expected to join the national camp on February 24. The series in Sri Lanka is likely to comprise two Tests, three ODIs and two T20Is.

"I felt a little discomfort on my back but gradually everything was fine," Mustafizur told the Dhaka-based Daily Star. "I bowled 31 overs with ease. Playing two rounds of BCL matches helped me a lot to get back full confidence in my bowling.

"I now have full confidence to play the Sri Lanka series but the selectors and team management will take the decision about what would be best for me. I missed the Test in India so I am looking forward to Sri Lanka. Mentally I am also fresh now and I am happy with the way I bowled in the last round of the BCL."

Khaled Mahmud, the BCB director and Bangladesh manager closely associated with Mustafizur, has urged that the bowler's workload be handled carefully in the coming months.

"I am sure he can play in all three formats in Sri Lanka but we have to keep in mind that he has just returned from a major injury," Mahmud said. "If we handle him with care, his career will be prolonged."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • syed on February 20, 2017, 11:27 GMT

    @Cricinfofan, Fizz shouldn't have been allowed to bowl 48 overs if he needs rest to get fit. They haven't actually handled him with care by doing this as this could have worsen his injury and could yet potentially do so. who knows,

  • zahid on February 19, 2017, 21:01 GMT

    According to Khaled Mahmud, Fizz needs to be handled with care and yet he was allowed to bowl 48 overs in domestic cricket while the national team was playing an important Test match. what if he sustained another blow to his injury while doing that!! Priority should be given as 1) international match 2) players 3) domestic cricket. Looks like we are doing things upside down!! And BCB selectors, Please get rid of your stubborn mentality about some players while selecting the national team. Please keep in mind the interest of the country should be the first priority. Go Tigers!!!

  • graite0848289 on February 19, 2017, 19:36 GMT

    @Sid-LDN: Mustafiz himself did not feel match fit, and he said himself he felt pain when he bowled his first innings. No point hurting the kid more for a test BD had really no chance in.

  • syed on February 19, 2017, 16:28 GMT

    @CRICFAN05620840, I certainly wish that too. My comment doesn't say it was over 1 match or 2 innings. All it says 48 overs is much more than he would have bowled if he was in the India test. The rest the selectors was trying to claim for him wasn't actually rest at all. That's all I'm saying.

  •   Rafel_Bangladesh on February 19, 2017, 10:09 GMT

    It wouldn't be a wise idea to play Mustafizur Rahman in TEST matches in SL. Rather try to play him in ODIs. If he performs well without any injury or any physical discomforts then play him in T20s. Wishing him all the best.

  • graite0848289 on February 19, 2017, 6:37 GMT

    @Sid-LDN: Wish some people knew how to read better. He bowled 48 overs over the course of 2 f/c matches, over 4 innings. Adequate way to get back bowling rhythm and Mustafiz had no qualms w that either.

  • syed on February 18, 2017, 23:51 GMT

    Selectors rest him from India tour saying he can't bowl long spell yet he bowls 48 overs in a first class match. In the India test match he would have mostly bowled 25/30 overs which is much less than 48 overs. So I can't find any logic now for excluding him from the India test match because he actually didn't get any rest and in fact bowled more overs than he would have in the India test match. BD selectors never fail to surprise in a negative way

  • akash.9556123 on February 18, 2017, 15:44 GMT

    welcome back Mustfiur in the team good luck

  •   cricfan14989994 on February 18, 2017, 11:49 GMT

    We need nadir hossain as well or selectors should be bowled out

  • graite0848289 on February 18, 2017, 9:39 GMT

    @Manik_mia: Agree, he's easily the best BD test bowler so far, but Mustafiz is more of a wicket taker. However, Shahid is injured right now, he's still on the line for surgery on his leg, not sure where exactly. Best possible BD pace attack would be Shahid and Fizz in sc conditions and Taskin outside Asia as well.

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