Watching Mustafizur Rahman playing all consecutive matches for Mumbai Indians in the beginning of the Indian Premier League season must be breathtaking for his fans. But subsequently by the time he was once dropped from the playing eleven that also prolong for seven successive matches thereafter.
Exposing the underlying causes of Mustafizur’s being ripped out of the team, Bangladesh former opener Nafees Iqbal Khan who worked as a liaison between the young Bangladesh bowler and franchise management, said, it was all about to change the team combination.
“The franchise authorities procured a lot of importance to Mustafizur; he bowled well also. But the trouble arose when the team suffered defeats, the management wanted to enforce a change in the team combination,” Nafees Iqbal said.
“The management went for an extra batsman cutting off a bowler. Mitchell McClenaghan was among wickets so he could not be dropped. The middle order batting became wearisome for the team so they enrolled Ben Cutting,” he added.
Nafees further said, “Mustafizur bowled economically in the whole league except a few matches. He was out of the team because of the combination. Skipper Rohit Sharma, Shane Bond, Lasith Malinga all adored Mustafizur all the way there.”
On his return, Nafees Iqbal, who played 11 Test matches and 16 one day international matches for Bangladesh, also hinted that Mumbai Indians worked for keeping hold of Mustafizur Rahman for the season to come.
“The team management tried to scrutinize Mustafizur’s performance and over all bowling. Lots of researches had been done to make Fizz’s cutter effective like before. Mustafizur also pleased with the effort and learned a lot personally,” he said.
“Whenever he was out of the team, Mahela Jayawardena and Shane Bond used to sit with him and told the youngster was not curtailed for performance that they wanted to change the playing combination. Unlike most others, his pace and activity was not at all downward after being dropped out of the team,” Nafees said.
“Yet Mustafizur has have a lots ground to cover for improvement. In India, local cricketers are also terrific performers. Indian Premier League is a breeding ground for best cricketers. Some of the formers cricketers and coaches also asked me elaborately about different aspects of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) pointing that BPL is also progressing well enough,” Nafees Iqbal Khan said.
Defending champion Mumbai Indians failed to qualify for the top four in the ongoing season.