Bangladesh pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman is all set to get included in the Test squad for the upcoming two-match Test series against West Indies.
The BCB high-ups had a meeting with coaches and selectors and there it was agreed unanimously that the pace bowler will have to play red-ball cricket though the BCB cricket operations chairman Jalal Yunus insisted they will make a final call on Mustafizur today (Sunday).
“Yes, we wanted to know from him in black and white,” Jalal told the reporters at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Saturday.
“It is clear that we want Mustafizur to play Test at least in the West Indies and we have informed him that we want him now though he is not ready to play Test,” he said.
“You have to understand we have lost two frontline bowlers (Taskin and Shoriful) in Test and we have told him about it and we feel now we need his support as we really need his service,” he said.
“Tomorrow, the selectors hopefully will give the team and you will have a clear picture of everything,” he said, adding that Mustafizur had informed the selector about being fatigued.
“He (Mustafizur) is saying that he is in the IPL for two months and he has spent a long time there. He may say that he is not fit physically but we have told him that and we can talk over it,” he said.
Jalal added that they don’t want Mustafizur to play every Test match but added that if he is around then they can go for a rotation policy.
“Look, the pace bowlers are injury prone and so we want to rotate them. What we are saying is that in the long run we don’t want him to play every Test match but when he is around we can always rotate him,” he said, adding that they don’t buy his opinion of being fatigued.
“He is saying that he is out for a long season and that is why he is a bit fatigued but what we feel is that he is very drained considering he had some rest (as he was warming the bench in quite a few matches in IPL),” he said.
A member of BCB high-ups, who was in the meeting, echoed the same sentiment.
“I don’t see any reason why he won’t be included in the Test squad unless there is an injury issue or he has personal commitment. We have to make it clear that we must get the service of our cricketers when we require them,” he said.
Mustafizur’s name again came under discussion for Test matches when their two leading pacers Taskin Ahmed and Shoriful Islam were ruled out from West Indies due to their respective injury problems.
Since making his Test debut in 2015, Mustafizur featured in just 14 out of the 39 Tests that Bangladesh played in this period.
The left-arm pace bowler missed seven Tests after the BCB opted not to include him in the Test contract list as per his insistence.
Mustafizur is expected to return home soon from India as his team Delhi Capitals are still in the race of making it to the top four slots in the ongoing IPL.