Mustafiz: Difficult to play with such feelings
Mazhar Uddin

Left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman has been rested for the upcoming one-off Test match against India, starting February 9 in Hyderabad, despite getting the green signal from the physio Dean Conway.

  • Fast-bowling sensation Mustafizur Rahman during a training session at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur 
    Photo- Dhaka Tribune

It was learned that the cricketer expressed discomfort and is mentally not ready to return in the longest format.

According to the national chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu, Mustafiz is not fully fit for five-day cricket at the moment and the board is not willing to take any risks. Cricket's governing body in the country wants the fast bowling sensation to recover fully before making a comeback.

When the selectors were announcing the 15-member Bangladesh squad in the press conference room for the only Test against India yesterday, Mustafiz was busy practising fielding skills with the his team mates under the supervision of fielding coach Richard Halsall in Mirpur's Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

Mustafiz, who will take part in the next Bangladesh Cricket League match for South Zone, informed Dhaka Tribune that he is not getting the positive feeling, despite there being hardly any pain on his shoulder. He added that there is some pain on his back.

“Actually, there is very less pain on my shoulder. But to be honest, I am not feeling comfortable as before. It’s difficult to play with such feelings. There is also some pain on my back and I think I am not mentally prepared to make a comeback at the moment. Although there is nothing major, still, I really want to recover hundred percent,” said Mustafiz in the dressing room area at the home of cricket. 

The Satkhira cricketer made his return to competitive cricket after a five-month layoff against New Zealand in December last year. Since then, he has played two ODIs and as many T20Is against the Kiwis but was rested for the subsequent two-match Test series.

The news comes as a blow to the Tigers fans, who were expecting their trump-card to be fully fit for the India Test. With that said, they would rather see Mustafiz return completely recovered rather than half-fit.

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