Bangladesh fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman is expected to be fit in a month after the hamstring and ankle injuries he suffered while playing for Sun Risers Hyderabad during IPL 2016.
Bangladesh’s strength and conditioning coach Mario Villavarayan has confirmed the news as he made it clear that his fitness will be accessed every week over the next few weeks.
“Ideal [time to be fully fit] would be one month,” Villavarayan said. “But we will see how he does this week and take it from there. As of today, there’s marginal improvement. It was a long season for him, so we are working on him. We assessed him yesterday and he has improved, and we will assess him again next week and take it from there. He has responded well.”
This means that the young pacer’s county debut will be delayed even further as initially the player was thought to undergo a two week rehabilitation before flying to England.
The player could only be available for Sussex at the end of July and would miss another six T20s in Natwest T20 Blast and rest of the group stage matches of the Royal One-Day London Cup.
The 20-year old was signed by Sussex back in March as their second overseas player to play in the NatWest T20 Blast and the Royal London One-Day Cup. However, Sussex have extended the contract of David Wiese to overcome the absence of Mustafizur. But with Wiese set to leave for Caribbean Premier League, Sussex are in a potentially tricky situation as the young bowler might not be fully fit in time.
Mustafizur has reached a great level as a bowler as such a young age but his injury record is not impressive as he is facing set backs every now and then since his debut to Bangladesh in June 2015.
Besides IPL injuries, he missed the inaugural Pakistan Super League due to a shoulder injury that he suffered during an T20I against Zimbabwe in February. He played only 3 matches in Asia Cup as a side-strain during the tournament ruled him out for the rest of the tournament.
The 20-year old has played a vital role in Sun Risers Hyderabad’s triumph in IPL 2016 as he finished the tournament as fifth highest wicket taker and had also won ” Emerging player of the season” award.