Rhodes reveals reason behind dropping Mustafizur

Bangladesh head coach Steve Rhodes explained the reason for not picking their strike bowler Mustafizur Rahman in the first Test against New Zealand.

Bangladesh are in brink of humiliation as the hosts are going away with the game. After the end of second day’s play, New Zealand are leading by 217 runs with six wickets in hand.

Earlier in the day, both the openers Tom Latham and Jeet Raval scored hundred while skipper Kane Williamson ended the day with 93*. Despite playing with three pacers in the side, none of the bowlers could stand against the Kiwi batsmen.

Rather it was the part-time bowlers, who brought the breakthroughs. Seeing the terrible situation of the pace bowlers, the team management have been criticized for not picking Mustafizur.

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However, the head coach suggested Mustafizur has been rested and will be played in the second Test match because the Wellington pitch will suit him more.

“To get the best out of him mentally and keeping him fresh, is to spell the Tests that he plays. I think you can gather from that that he will come back into the fold in the next Test. It is a real struggle for him to bowl in back-to-back Test matches.”

“One of the reasons we wanted him to play in Wellington is because there’s going to be a blowing gale there. He is our best bowler into the wind. There’s a lot of work for the Fizz in Wellington, which is why we wanted him to be fresh. Everything is horses for courses,” he added.

Despite failing to pick up any wicket, debutant Ebadat Hossain got words of praise from Rhodes.

“Ebadat showed great enthusiasm and good pace. He is really bright and look to be a good prospect and he will get better with a little bit of experience. You got to hit the line and length for long enough because for international cricket you don’t get away with four balls and so certainly you have got to better with your areas and hit that wicket nice and hard,” he concluded.

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