Country comes first: Fizz on Tests vs IPL
Bangladesh paceman Mustafizur Rahman has made his message clear: country comes first.
Discussions and criticisms have been on since the star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was allowed to play IPL instead of Tests in Sri Lanka by the Bangladesh Cricket Board. Shakib was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders at 3.2 crore Indian rupees while The Fizz was a steal for Rajasthan Royals, at 1 crore which was the base price.
However, Mustafizur has left his fate upto BCB, whom he queried whether he should go to India or Sri Lanka, as revealed by the board President Nazmul Hassan Papon.
“I will play Tests if I am picked for Sri Lanka series. If I am not picked, I will seek permission from BCB to play IPL,” Mustafizur told the reporters on Tuesday.
“Country comes first,” he said on country vs IPL.
“No pressure [from anyone to play either IPL or Test series].”
Mustafizur took IPL by storm when he won the title for Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2016. He was the ‘Emerging Player of the Season’ in that year, becoming the first overseas man to do so. He continued with SRH till 2017 before heading to Mumbai Indians in 2018.
BCB restricted Mustafizur’s NOC to play overseas leagues for two years when he injured himself in the 2018 edition that ruled him out of T20I series against Afghanistan in Dehradun, India.
If Mustafizur is allowed to play the IPL, he will share the dressing room with Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Chris Morris and David Miller.
The tournament is expected to start on the second week of April, at the same time when Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh two-Test series will start.