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IPL 2017: Mustafizur Rahman Downplays Speculations Regarding His Participation 

IPL 2017: Mustafizur Rahman Downplays Speculations Regarding His Participation

Bangladesh fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman has dismissed reports suggesting that he would be missing the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League.

Earlier, the left-arm pacer, in an interview, had told Sportstarlive he is doubtful for the tenth edition of the lucrative league. The injury-prone pacer had said he was still waiting for the board’s approval to play in the league before adding that he was advised by his skipper Mashrafe Mortaza to give this season a miss.

“I have learnt a lot from IPL, but I don’t think I will be able to make it for the tournament this time around. I’m waiting for a permission from the Board,” he had said.

“I’m still not sure whether I will be able to play too many games. Even if I go, I will have to return by the first week of May. I am yet to get back to my rhythm, so Mashrafe Bhai (Mashrafe Mortaza) suggested me to skip the IPL. I am seriously considering his advice. We have a long session ahead and it is important that I remain fit. I’m trying hard to regain the lost touch but I am still not happy with my performance,” he had added.

However, the 21-year old has now said he is currently focusing on the ongoing limited-overs series in Sri Lanka and is yet to take a final call on his availability.

“A person called me on the room intercom and wanted to know about the IPL. I told him that there are three matches [third ODI and two T20Is on the tour of Sri Lanka] left and I am not able to say anything before that. Whether the cricket board will clear me or not, I don’t know. Let me finish the matches and then we will see.”

The fast-bowler had taken the Indian Premier League by storm in his debut season last term. With 17 wickets from 16 outings, he played a pivotal role in helping Sunrisers Hyderabad win their maiden title.

Meanwhile, the bowler is set to miss the early stages of the season even if he gets the permission from the board as Bangladesh’s series against Sri Lanka ends on April 6 while his team will begin its campaign on April 5 against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

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