Mustafizur Rahman's weight loss has concerned the Bangladesh Cricket Board. Though homesickness was said to be a factor, Dhaka Tribune has learned that he used to take meals inside the hotel but got bored having the same food regularly.
Irregular food intake has been an old issue for Bangladesh cricketers but for the past few years the culture has changed slightly. The cricketers are more keen towards having proper meal and visit different places during a tour or home series. Mustafiz is known to be the kind of person who likes to stay in his room mostly.
It is understood that the team management has taken this issue seriously, but is hopeful that he can recover soon. He will be given a diet plan to follow and also some education on how to maintain his physique through proper diet.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh physio Bayjidul Islam said yesterday that Mustafiz has recovered from his shoulder and side strains but still needs time to recover from the hamstring and ankle injuries. As a result, Mustafiz's stint at Sussex is delayed further after the English county side expected him to join by today.
Bayjid said Mustafiz will have to undergo rehabilitation to obtain full fitness but the time needed for recovery cannot be determined.
“He has some minor issues for which he will have to undergo rehab. At the moment we cannot tell the time of recovery that he will need as this depends from player to player. We have decided to assist him every week and see how much he has recovered and make the next decision,” said Bayjid.
“The trainers are assisting him while I am looking after his treatment. We have already planned the exercise he needs to do and that will be maintained from now on,” he added.