February 26, 2017 - 5:56pm
Bangladesh pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman said on Saturday he will do his best if he is given chance in all three formats but he is now focusing on the Test matches of the forthcoming Sri Lanka tour.
Mustafiz, who has played just two Test matches in his career so far, is all set to return with red cherry after making a successful rehabilitation following a shoulder injury.
Mustafiz played two one-day internationals and two Twenty20 internationals for Bangladesh in New Zealand but missed the Tests and also was not picked for one-off Test in India.
But the left-handed seamer, who has been instrumental for Bangladesh’s limited over success in recent times, has recovered well and took part in two matches of Bangladesh Cricket League, the four-day first class competition this month.
Mustafiz bowled total 48 overs on those matches to pick four wickets conceding 102 runs and he felt he was ready to perform in longer version matches.
‘I am picked for the Test team. I do not know whether I will be in the other two formats but if so I will deliver my best,’ said Mustafiz on Saturday.
Mustafiz also said that he was not only feeling good with his bowling rhythm but also did not feel any problem with issue like long-distance throw.
The 21-year old paceman, who made his name in the international cricket with his unplayable cutters, also said he is not only relying on his most potent weapon but also honing his other repertoires.
‘I had been out for a long time. In the New Zealand tour I was also in the Test squad but could not play,’ he said referring to his inclusion in the 14-memmber squad for the second Test.
But his inclusion in the squad had more to do with the injuries of other players than his own recovery as Bangladesh badly required someone in the dressing room to be ready as substitute fielder.
‘I did not find it easy playing after the injury. I could not go to India but I played two BCL matches and I did well there,’ said Mustafiz.
‘During those matches I tried to swing the ball apart from bowling fast. My cutter or the slower is not much effective in the four-day matches. But I tried to bowl in the good spot consistently.
‘After the operation I had to do something different like some different functions in the warm-up. I had some problems throwing the ball in long distance but now I am not feeling those problems,’ he said.