According to the national pace bowling coach Charl Langeveldt, Mustafizur Rahman has been carrying a niggle and subsequently rested, given Bangladesh’s busy schedule ahead, which includes limited-over cricket
Bangladesh left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman has been left out from the one-off Test match based on precautionary measure, and as part of “workload management”.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board Friday named a 15-member squad for the lone Test against Afghanistan keeping Mustafizur out.
According to the national pace bowling coach Charl Langeveldt, Mustafizur has been carrying a niggle and subsequently rested, given Bangladesh’s busy schedule ahead, which includes limited-over cricket.
“At the moment he has got a niggle. We are taking precaution because we have a lot of white-ball cricket coming up, we have the World T20I and others. So we have to look after him because he is our best bowler in T20Is and 50-overs. He bowled one over [Saturday in the practice game],” explained Langeveldt to reporters at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Saturday.
Bangladesh Test and T20I captain Shakib al Hasan had recently cited the importance of workload management.
The all-rounder had emphasized the need of proper management not only to keep the players fit, but also bearing in mind that it impacts the performance.
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Shakib following a brilliant performance in the World Cup 2019 had taken leave and missed the tour of Sri Lanka for the three-match ODI series.
Newly appointed pace bowling coach Langeveldt echoed similar sentiment to that of Shakib and said the team management wants to use Mustafizur wisely to ensure his availability in most of the upcoming matches, rather than one single Test.
“Who is not going to miss him [Mustafizur], he is a good bowler. If you do not miss him there is something wrong with you. We all are going to miss him but you need to look into the other side as well. If he is injured you need to think of the back-up,” said Langeveldt.
“It is [part of workload management] that because you now send him [Mustafizur] to a Test game then he is going to make it worse. You want him to be available for more than a Test game,” the former South Africa paceman added.
The Tigers will take on Afghanistan in the solitary Test in Chittagong’s Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, starting Thursday.