Walsh wants Bangladesh to ease pacer back from injury

By April 22, 2019
Mustafizur Rahman Mustafizur Rahman

Bangladesh bowling coach, former West Indies pacer, wants one of his charges handled with care ahead of the International Cricket Council’s Cricket World Cup in England just weeks away. 

Bangladeshi pacer Mustafizur Rahman is recovering from an ankle injury but is scheduled to play for the side in a tri-series in Ireland two weeks before the World Cup.

Walsh is concerned by the number of injuries to his team’s bowling unit ahead of the World Cup and wanted to manage the issues to ensure he had the strongest team going into the event.

Rubel Hossain is one of those with worries, the bowler suffering from a  side strain, while Mohammad Saifuddin has a tennis elbow concern, but it is Rahman who is the man expected to make a difference.

"[Mustafizur] has got a big role to play in the World Cup, once he is fit," Walsh said.

"But I don't think we rely on any one player. Shakib [Al Hasan], Mash [Mashrafe Mortaza] and Rubel have been consistent. Fizz hasn't been as sharp since his injury, and he keeps picking up slight niggles. A fully fit Mustafizur can win games for you but we have to have him as fit as possible. We have a bit of time on our side. My concern is that I hope we don't over-rush him, and probably use him too much in Ireland, and he is not fresh for the World Cup.

"Out of the five we have three injured - Fizz, Rubel and Saifuddin, who has the tennis elbow. We need to get them back into bowling, within the right frame of mind, and be sharp enough to do a bit of bowling in Ireland and be ready for the World Cup. We have Taskin Ahmed, Khaled Ahmed and Shafiul Islam as well [for back-up]. You can probably say that we have them just in case we need them."

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