Mustafizur Rahman
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If the Bangladesh team management feel that Mustafizur Rahman needs to play in the Test format he must play despite his reluctance even though he might be included in the forthcoming Test series against Sri Lanka as well that starting in the next month.

BCB president Nazmul Hasan said on Saturday that if the team management feels that Mustafiz is needed to play in the Test he must play even in the forthcoming Test against Sri Lanka.

‘We sent a format to the players with the clear indication that who wants to play in which format? Some put the tick mark for two, some for three.’

‘Mustafizur didn’t write his name in Test format. However, we don’t care what he said, when we will be needed he must play, even in the Sri Lanka series.’

It’s a pretty old issue that to manage the workload and to concentrate on his fitness the left-arm pacer decided to play only in the ODIs and T20Is conversely opted to discontinue in the longest format of cricket and further opted out of the Test contract in 2021as he was uncomfortable with the bio secured bubble due to Covid.

The Tigers’ cricket administration also didn’t overlook his request.

Further the southpaw vowed on the same day to the surprise sports that he is keen to serve Bangladesh national team continually therefore has decided to play across those formats where his success rate is high.

‘I want to serve my team for a long time. The reason why I have decided to play in those formats where my success rate is high,’ Mustafizur told New Age on Saturday over phone from India.

‘If I play both in the three formats it will be onerous for me to bring good results for my side consequently, I have decided to be specific,’ he added.

The issue has been revived freshly after the Tiger pacer duo Taskin Ahmed and Shoriful Islam have been ruled out of the forthcoming two Tests against Sri Lanka starting on May 15 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram.

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Taking the situation on a serious note, the Tigers cricket administration is thinking him to play in the upcoming series as the bio bubble security has been relaxed.

BCB’s cricket operations chairman Mohammad Jalal Yunus told reporters a week back that they are all set to hold a meeting with Mustafizur in this connection.

The 26-year-old also said that he will sit in an in-person meeting with the BCB president Nazmul Hasan alongside his senior colleagues in this respect upon his return from the Indian Premier League campaign.

‘First of all I will talk to the board president subsequently with my colleagues in this regard then I will decide if I will play in the Test format or not.’

Since making his Test debut against South Africa back in 2015, Mustafizur featured in 14 of the 39 Tests that Bangladesh played in this time frame.

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