Bangladeshi spearhead Mustafizur Rahman has been ruled out of the upcoming 3 match T20i series against Afghanistan following a toe injury. Bangladesh Cricket Board officials have confirmed about Mustafizur Rahman’s absence from the series and they are looking for an immediate replacement.
Bangladesh will be traveling to India on Tuesday to compete against Afghanistan at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun on June 3,5 and 7.
In the press conference that was scheduled on Sunday, Courtney Walsh appeared certain on Rubel coming back into the form after the disastrous last over in the final of the Nidahas trophy that cost them the match and the cup.
Meanwhile, Mustafizur played in the IPL for Mumbai Indians in 7 games and picked up 7 wickets at an economy of 8.36 before suffering a toe injury. BCB physician Debashish Chowdhary opened up on Mustafizur’s injury stating that it would take him 2-3 weeks to fully recover.
“Mustafizur damaged the thumb on his left leg during IPL and would not be traveling with the team,” said the BCB physician. He further mentioned that an X-ray had been conducted on his toe with further tests to be carried on Tuesday.
During the pre-series conference, head coach Courtney Walsh had given a slight insight on his injury and it was hoped that few days of rest would help him bounce back into the scene. As BCB officials themselves say, they have not found an ideal replacement for Fizz, so things seem to have gotten easier for the Afghans.
Who will be roped in as Mustafizur Rahman’s replacement?
Abul Hasan has been brought in as a replacement for Fizz at the moment, but it is up to the BCB to make a call regarding the matter as soon as possible. Abul’s last T20i was against Pakistan, way back in 2012. The selectors delayed on announcing Fizz’s replacement until they got to know more about the pitch conditions at Rajeev Gandhi International Stadium, Dehradun.
When asked what made the BCB bring in Abul Hasan, the chief selector Minhajul Abedin said,” It was a new ground so we wanted feedback from the team. They [Bangaldeshi team] reached Dehradun yesterday and found the pitch a bit grassy, so we decided to send a pace bowler. Otherwise, we would have sent a spinner.”
Later in this month, Bangladesh would be touring West Indies for 2 tests, 3 ODIs, and 3 T20is. The Bangladeshi spearhead might be available till then but as of right now, Bangladeshi team are in for some serious trouble. They would have to devise some tactics that they could deploy in fizz’s absence from the team against the in-form Afghanistan squad.