In a startling development, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), President Nazmul Hasan Papon on Saturday (May 27) had given a clear direction to the team management in England not to play promising left-arm fast bowler, Mustafizur Rahman, in the warm-up match against Pakistan which was eventually won by Sarfraz Ahmed-led side after a close finish.

Papon hinted Rahman should be used for the main tournament while referring towards the Tigers’ first game against the Three Lions.

“I did not want Mustafiz [ur Rahman] to play [against Pakistan], Papon was quoted as saying by Bdcrictime.com

According to the latest report, the BCB president Papon has revealed it to the media that he was not in favour of Rahman being tested in the practice game against Men in Green.

“This [Rahman] boy has been playing all the matches,” Nazmul maintained while responding to the media gathering back home.

As the reason was made pretty clear not to put much burden on the wily customer, Papon feels Rahman is expected to give his best when Bangladesh will take on hosts England, in the tournament opener on June 1 at The Oval.

Papon believes it was an all-important break for the 21-year-old promising Satkhira-born bowler Rahman, who had been a revelation with the ball before injury-marred him.

After losing out on their first of two warm-up matches against Pakistan by two wickets, in a high-scoring game at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Saturday night as Tamim Iqbal’s century went in vain after the Tigers posted 341 for nine on board, in their 50 allotted overs.

Pakistan went on to chase down the target in 49.3 overs after bowling all-rounder Fahim Ashraf smashed 41 balls, his quickfire innings was laced with four sixes and four boundaries respectively.

Ashraf was equally supported by Hasan Ali, who remained unbeaten on 27 off 15 balls. Both went on to put crucial 93 on board.

It’s pertinent to note while playing under the tutelage of senior pro-Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Bangladesh would be eyeing to give their best as they are placed in the Group A which further include Australia, England and New Zealand.

Rahman, who made his debut in 2015, there on, featured in 18 One-day Internationals followed by 17 Twenty20 Internationals and four Tests.

Rahman has bagged 43 ODI wickets at an impressive average of 16 followed by 27 wickets in T20Is at an average of 14.92. He has also claimed 12 wickets in six innings of four Test matches.

The Tigers will rely on their main potent Rahman for their three crucial matches; the Fizz would find it exciting to give his best in the death overs as well alongside another fast bowler Rubel Hossain, who is expected to bowl in tandem with the latter against Eoin Morgan led side.

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    Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at Sportzwiki.com, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. He Tweets @TahirIbnManzoor

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