Bangladesh pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman began his preparation with Tigers on Monday at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi ahead of the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
Bangladesh will take on Sri Lanka in the first official practice game hosted by the ICC at ADC Oval 2 in Abu Dhabi today. They will play against Ireland on October 14 in the second warm-up match at the same venue.
Bangladesh national cricket team however reached safely Abu Dhabi from Oman, where they had a preparation camp on Sunday. Earlier on Friday, Bangladesh XI registered a 60-run win against Oman A in the warm up match.
Mustafizur, who was taking part in the Indian Premier League, was not part of the preparation camp as he was busy taking part in the cash-rich tournament for Rajasthan Royals.
The left-arm pace bowler inclusion can be a morale booster for Tigers considering he had a good run in the IPL, picking 14 wickets from as many matches with an economy rate of 8.41.
“Mustafizur’s inclusion is good news for the team and his teammates. He played for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL here so he knows very well about the condition and wickets of Dubai. Shakib will also join us soon. Overall so far so good. I hope we will do well in the upcoming World Cup,” Bangladesh selector Habibul Bashar Sumon told the media in Abu Dhabi.
Following practice games in Abu Dhabi Tigers will return back to Oman to start their campaign by taking part in the qualifying round and they need to finish as one of the top two sides from Group B to seal a berth in the super 12s.
Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is expected to join the Tigers’ bubble after completing his stint with Kolkata Knight Riders in the ongoing IPL and will miss the opening practice game while he is expected to miss the second practice game as well due to his IPL commitment.
However, it won’t hurt much as the ace all-rounder has been featuring for KKR in the recent past and has been playing his part quite well so far.
England skipper Eoin Morgan, who is leading the KKR in the tournament and looking for a berth in the final, is happy with the way Shakib is delivering after being included in the playing XI.
“He (Shakib’s presence) is massive,” Morgan said after his impressive bowling performance and picking 1-20 in his allotted four overs in his comeback game for KKR against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
“To have the strength and depth to call upon an experienced campaigner like him (Shakib) is a luxury,” he said, who backed the all-rounder in the following games as well.