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Mustafizur still needs to work on fitness, but could play BCL: Nannu


As it had been being speculated for last couple of days, national selectors have announced a 15-member squad for the upcoming tour of India, and the cutter master Mustafizur Rahman is not a part of it. Shafiul Islam is back as Mustafizur’s replacement. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ‘মুস্তাফিজকে শ্রীলংকা সফরের জন্য প্রস্তুত করা হচ্ছে’]

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According to Bangladesh national team’s chief selector Minhajul Abedin, Mustafizur hasn’t had enough game-time ever since his recovery from his operation to play a Test match. “Although he doesn’t have any problem medically, he still needs to work on his skill fitness,” said Minhajul at a press conference today afternoon.

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“To attain desired skills for Test cricket, Mustafizur requires much time. We had included him for the second Test in New Zealand since many of our players were ruled out due to injuries, but now we are preparing him for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka,” added Nannu.

However, Nannu also gave a hint that the Fizz could be given a chance to play a match of the ongoing fifth edition of the Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL). “We are planning to give Mustafiz a chance to play a match of BCL. He is out of field for a longer period of time and we have to observe him first. If we find him fit enough for the Test cricket, then we will consider him again,” added Nannu.

Regarding Mustafizur’s replacement Shafiul Islam, Nannu had this to say: “As you know, Shafiul was our first choice for the tour of New Zealand but unfortunately we had to replace him with Rubel due to injury. But now he has recovered and we considered him for the India tour.”

– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com

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