Sunrisers Set To Receive Mustafizur Rahman Boost, Reveals Head Coach Tom Moody
Sunrisers Hyderabad is set to receive a huge boost as head coach Tom Moody has revealed that their trump card, Bangladesh left-arm pacer, Mustafizur Rahman is “more than likely” to join the team for their first away fixture, in Mumbai on April 12.
A week before the start of the tournament, Mustafizur had revealed that he was unsure of his participation in the 10th edition, sending somewhat of a concern waves in the SRH camp. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) also looked hesitant in giving him the ‘No objection certificate’ as they remain worried about his workload management and Bangladesh’s tight international calendar.
Moreover, he was advised to skip the tournament by Mashrafe Mortaza to stay fresh. Mustafizur has just concluded the tour of Sri Lanka which was the reason behind his absence in the tournament opener.
“Mustafizur is more than likely to join the squad in Mumbai,” Moody said in a pre-match press conference in Hyderabad, ahead of their clash against Gujarat Lions.
SRH started the season without one of their most impressive performers of the title-winning season and will be without him for the second game, on Sunday, too.
He picked up 17 wickets in 16 games at an economy of 6.9 and finished as the fifth-highest wicket-taker in the tournament in his debut season and played a huge role in helping SRH win the championship last year.
In the absence of Mustafizur, David Warner’s strategic abilities have been put to test. He states that while their capable player who can fill his place, it is important to have a clear picture about his availability in order to plan better for the tournament and strike the right balance.
“For us, it’s about having the right balance against the right teams as well. And obviously, work out which games he (Mustafizur) is available for and obviously, we’ll be using him for that. When that time comes then we’ll work out the balance and hopefully it is a good one. Now you’ve got myself, Moises (Henriques), (Ben) Cutting and Rashid (Khan) – We’ve got to work out the balance of the team with Fizz (Mustafizur) back in,” Warner had said on Friday.
Even after the return on the tentative date, the Bangladeshi isn’t expected to play the full tournament as he will leave the squad to take part in the tri-series in Ireland which also involved New Zealand, starting May 12. This mean, at the maximum, the 21-year-old will be available to play in only 7-10 matches if he returns on April 12.
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