Bangladesh fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman’s place in the India tour will be in doubt as the player is still recovering from injury. His selection will depend more on his performance in the upcoming round of games in the National Cricket League.
Mustafizur Rahman suffered from an ankle injury and is recovering from it. He also missed the starting matches of the first-class domestic league because of some problem in the ankle. But according to Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), the pacer will have to play in the domestic cricket before getting his place in India tour.
Bangladesh chief selector Minhajul Abedin said that Mustafizur will have to prove himself to be fit for the team. He will be more judged on his performance in the NCL.
“He [Mustafizur] will have to prove his fitness in the NCL game to be considered for the upcoming Test series against India,” Abedin said.
“The physio had given us some guidelines. He was supposed to play from the very first match. However, because he has some minor problem with his ankle, he was not able to take the full load, and therefore was unable to play the first match.”
Mustafizur Rahman is under observation
Mustafizur made debut in the national team in 2015 and has been the crucial part of the team. He has played 13 Test matches and picked 28 wickets. In limited-overs format, he has picked 107 wickets in ODI and 52 wickets in T20I. The pacer is recovering from his injury and according to guidelines, he can bowl only fifteen over in a day, opines Abedin.
“He is in the recovery phase now. We have to assess how many overs he can bowl. I have been given a guideline that he cannot bowl more than 15 overs [per day] in the upcoming match, and so we will consider that and subsequently assess his fitness during the four-day games.”
Abedin also said that the decision to select Mustafizur on the tour will also depend on the team management.
“This is completely the decision of the team management,” he said. “We don’t work in the field. There is a fitness trainer, bowling coach, who will judge whether he can bowl in back-to-back matches and how many overs he can bowl.”
The Bangladesh team is scheduled to start India tour with three T20I matches which will be played from 3rd November. Then the team will play the two Test matches against the hosts India which are the part of ICC World Test Championship 2019-21.