Courtney Walsh concerns about pacers’ injuries before World Cup

Bangladesh pace bowling coach Courtney Walsh, on Monday, said injuries of fast bowlers in the camp has become the prominent concern ahead of the World Cup and they are trying to regain pacers’ fitness. 

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Three front line pacers in the World Cup squad Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain and Mohammad Saifuddin are ailing from injury related troubles.

“Out of the five we have three injured – Fizz, Rubel and Saifuddin, who has the tennis elbow. We need to get them back into bowling, within the right frame of mind, and be sharp enough to do a bit of bowling in Ireland and be ready for the World Cup,”

Walsh said in the first day of the scheduled training camp at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka where only five cricketers have joined in the session.

Bangladesh coach, most probably out of concern in lacking quality pace attack during the World Cup in England and Wales, talked not in favor of playing Mustafizur in the Tri-series prior to the mega event.

“A fully fit Mustafizur can win games for you but we have to have him as fit as possible. We have a bit of time on our side. My concern is that I hope we don’t over-rush him, and probably use him too much in Ireland, and he is not fresh for the World Cup,” he said.

Insisting upon executing variety of bowling in English condition, Walsh said not all the wickets in English venues assist pace and swing.

“We have to read the conditions and the surfaces we play. Some places the ball might swing more than others. We have to assess when we get there. Most of the wickets will be docile and flat. We have to work on our variations and execution,” he reckoned.

Bangladesh will open their World Cup journey on March 5 against South Africa at the Oval, London.


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