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Mustafizur's Sussex debut delayed due to visa issues

Mustafizur Rahman goes through his drills at Mirpur's National Cricket Academy gym BCB

Pacer Mustafizur Rahman's arrival in the UK for the NatWest t20 Blast has been delayed due to visa issues. The delay was caused by the unusually long Eid vacation, which meant he had to wait till after the holidays to apply for the UK visa.

Mustafizur couldn't leave on July 13 as planned. That means he will miss his scheduled debut for Sussex on July 15 against Hampshire.

The visa procedure is set to be completed "any day", according to a BCB spokesman, upon which Mustafizur will immediately fly out. He will now have to target Sussex's July 21 T20 fixture, in Essex.

That leaves him with only seven possible appearances in the 2016 English season. He had already missed most of Sussex's T20 and one-day campaign through multiple injuries on his right leg following IPL 2016 where he turned out for Sunrisers Hyderabad.