Bangladesh news January 7, 2016

BCB mulls holding Mustafizur back from PSL

ESPNcricinfo staff
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The BCB is considering holding back Mustafizur Rahman from playing in the PSL, primarily with his workload in mind © AFP

The BCB could hold back Mustafizur Rahman from playing in the forthcoming PSL. While the board has mentioned Mustafizur's workload as the major worry, ESPNcricinfo has learned there is also concern within the Bangladesh team management of overexposing the left-arm pace bowler too soon.

Mustafizur was picked up by the Lahore Qalandars franchise for $50,000 for Pakistan's domestic T20 tournament to be held in the UAE from February 4. It is understood that there have been discussions within the BCB over compensating Mustafizur if he misses the tournament, thought it is not yet confirmed whether he will be stopped from playing in it.

The BCB's chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury said the board would take the advice of their doctors before taking a decision on Mustafizur, considering Bangladesh's busy schedule, which includes the Asia Cup T20 in Dhaka from February 24 and the World T20 in India from March 9. Before the PSL, Bangladesh are also scheduled to play four T20s against Zimbabwe from January 15 to 22.

"Basically we will take the observation of our physician before giving him the NOC," Chowdhury told the Dhaka-based New Age. "He [Mustafizur] is a young prospect, so we don't want to take any risk with him. We must consider his age and see whether he can take the load as there are other T20 assignments coming up after the PSL."

There is also talk that playing in the PSL would mean Pakistan's players gaining a familiarity with Mustafizur's bowling and his variations, which have been a significant factor in his early success, before they meet Bangladesh in the Asia Cup and potentially in the World T20.

Mustafizur, who in 2015 became the first Bangladesh cricketer to feature in the ICC's ODI team of the year, is among four Bangladesh players picked in the PSL's draft, alongside Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim.

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  • Jspencer on January 26, 2016, 7:47 GMT

    BCB worried about the busy schedule and not talking chance incase he gets injury. I am 5o/50 on this. Both have bad and good. It's better for him to play outside of the country then we will know his strength.

  • Sabbir007 on January 13, 2016, 8:04 GMT

    Dear KANAD_BOSTON, Barinder Sran has to prove a lot to be another Mustafiz! Still he is not even near after Mustafiz! Let Barinder Sran to be Barinder Sran and Mustafiz be Mustafiz!

  • kanad_Boston on January 12, 2016, 0:59 GMT

    Actually Mustafizur is the Barinder Sran of Bangladesh. He is a very good cutter bowler.

  • niazbhi on January 11, 2016, 12:08 GMT

    Bangladesh is overly dependent on their quicks. Mustafiz is the only proven one. Alamin, Hider, Shafiul etc may be good but its too early to predict. BD will probably play no specialist spinner. Shakib, Nasir etc, will bowl as spinners.

  • AzizUlIslamChowdhury-Shourav on January 11, 2016, 8:42 GMT

    Good decision taken by BCB.BCSA.

  • ashqarmahi on January 11, 2016, 8:32 GMT

    A very Good decision by BCB...

  • Bishad on January 10, 2016, 5:12 GMT

    I am not sure why some Pakistani fans are getting annoyed and over reactive with the news. I too wished Mustafiz will play and gain experience in different conditions. A success in PSL could open doors for him in other foreign leagues. But there may be some good reasons for the BCB to protect the kid and let him mature a little.

  • MAN_AT_WORK on January 9, 2016, 21:55 GMT

    Ambala@ on your comment we gathred your team wining other month in different continent ? Dont foget your team just sligtly above of mighty Afgan in one day ranking .

  • Dunwall on January 9, 2016, 17:58 GMT

    @HARIS_USA Looks like someone's been living in a cave last year. 2015 was the year of Mustafizur. Take it or leave it.

  • Sabbir007 on January 9, 2016, 10:41 GMT

    @ambalal, In the stone age, West Indis was an unbeatable team with a lot of great names and performances. Who cares those names today when they play with current West Indis team? So, stop your ancient history and come to reality. We beat you 3-0 fair and square in the last series, draw the first test match with a good performance. The satisfactory numbers of ODIs we play in a year is the main reason behind our success, but we do not get that numbers of test matches. That is the main reasons of our test match woes. And as a nation we are emotional, yes and cricket is a big part of our emotion. So, we cheer with joy when we win and we cry when we loss. That is us, and we are proud of that! Deal with it!

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