Mustafizur Rahman had picked up a shoulder injury during Bangladesh’s second T20I against Zimbabwe in Khulna © Associated Press
The BCB has said that a shoulder injury Mustafizur Rahman picked up during Bangladesh’s second T20I against Zimbabwe in Khulna is preventing the seamer from playing for Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League, which begins on February 4 in the UAE.
Mustafizur was picked in the PSL draft and would have been paid $50,000, but the BCB suggested they were not keen on granting him a no-objection certificate, soon after which Mustafizur was injured.
BCB’s media committee chairman Jalal Yunus said they hoped Mustafizur would be fit by the time the Asia Cup begins on February 24 and that Bangladesh players would be picked in the IPL auction on February 6.
“Mustafizur is still about two weeks away from getting fit so we are hopeful that he can be ready for the Asia Cup T20s,” Yunus said. “We want him to be fit for the two major T20 tournaments coming up which includes the World T20. It is not the BCB’s policy not to allow a player to go to a domestic T20 competition.
“Tamim [Iqbal], Shakib [Al Hasan] and Mushfiqur [Rahim] are all supposed to be flying off to the UAE tonight [Tuesday night] to play in the PSL. Five Bangladesh players are in the IPL auction. If they get picked and are fit at the time, they will play in the IPL. BCB have no issues with such things.”
Mustafizur’s inability to go to the PSL would be discussed in the next BCB meeting, when they will decide whether he will be compensated for his loss of earnings. “We must look to compensate him,” Yunus said. “We are considering this, so that he doesn’t have a major monetary loss.”
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84
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