Unfit Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman set to miss PSL

ISLAMABAD: Mustafizur Rahman looks set to pull out of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) due to a lack of fitness as the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) seek to minimise his workload.

BCB President Nazmul Hassan was reported in the Bangladesh media that Rehman’s participation in the event, which begins on 4 February, was “highly unlikely” with the ICC T20 World Cup coming up in March.

The Bangladesh medium pacer, named in the ICC Team of the Year for 2015, was due to play for the Lahore Qalandar who would be due financial compensation from the BCB for the 20-year-old’s now show.

“Mustafizur is physically not that strong,” Hassan said. “He is still working on building his muscles. He is very weak and reported some pain after the last match. It will be difficult for him to play outside in this condition, cricketbadger reported.

“We will not take any chance on him before the ICC T20 World Cup,”

Hassan continued. “If he does get well soon he will play the Asia Cup, if he stays fit then he will play the World Cup, but I believe that in his current situation it is difficult to send him to play outside.”

Rehman was to join Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim as the Bangladesh quartet in the PSL.

The inaugural edition of the PSL is scheduled to take place from 4-24 February in Dubai and Sharjah.