Walsh hopes Fizz finds feet

Bangladesh’s fast bowling coach Courtney Walsh has expressed his expectations on Mustafizur Rahman before the Asia Cup, stating the Fizz getting fitter and better with time.

Mustafizur during a practice session. ©bdcrictime.com


Injuries have been causing problems for Mustafizur over the years. He was pulled out from T20I series against Afghanistan in India after sustaining foot injury during IPL. Although he came back well in the Windies tour where he picked up 13 wickets in limited-overs series.

“He is coming on very good. He is not where he’d like to be. He did well in the West Indies when he joined us. If those injuries stay behind him, he will only get better,” Walsh told reporters on Saturday.

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”He has very special skills. We need to have him around to give us a chance to do well. I think he will always give you the edge. We are hoping he can reach his peak during the Asia Cup,” he added.

BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board) has ruled Mustafizur out of foreign leagues for two years in order to stay injury-free. Walsh has insisted on working more with the left-arm pacer regarding skills.

“I don’t think his workload needs to be managed. He is bowling pretty well. I would like to do more skill work with him. I haven’t had a chance (to work with him) due to his injuries, but I am hoping during the Asia Cup, we can do some work. He is coming with some confidence. Hopefully he will get a lot fitter. He keeps getting slight injuries.”

The 55-year-old admitted that conditions in UAE would be challenging for the pacers.

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