The Fizz will shine in England


Chandika Hathurusingha, the coach of Bangladesh, believes that a stint in England will prove to be successful for Mustafizur Rahman and will aid his development as a bowler.

There has been some doubt as to whether Mustafizur would honour his agreement to join English county Sussex for the NatWest T20 Blast, and the Royal London One Day Cup, after a low-grade right hamstring injury towards the end of the IPL, but Hathurusingha is in favour of the move provided Mustafizur's health is not at risk: "If you want to improve the performance, you have to play in those conditions,"

"If you don't go there, you don't know. Bangladesh cricket will be benefited. Mustafiz will develop quickly and perform well. So if it is not going to harm his health, I think it is a good thing for him to go and play. It is a rare opportunity for Bangladeshi players to play there [in England]. If I can send four players I will send them all. It is the best way to do it."

The former Sri Lanka opening batsman, and current coach of Bangladesh, is keen to see Mustafizur make the step up to Test cricket, with his only appearances in Tests so far being two rain-ruined stalemates against South Africa. Hathurusingha spoke of the need to manage the emerging star: ""He has played two Test matches and became Man of the Match in one with four wickets, at the start it is impressive but as you said it is going to be a challenge. He has to be fit, we have to look after him."

The prevailing feeling is that at some point the mystery surrounding Mustafizur will fade, and it will become harder for him to make an impact, whether it be in the IPL, or on the international stage with Bangladesh. Hathurusingha though, is looking forward to finding out whether the young man can rise to the challenge: "We all know that his mystery is going to be found out very soon, so at the same time I am looking forward to his cricketing intelligence. So we will find ways for him to be competitive. Our challenge is look after him and develop him and keep him in the pack to play for Bangladesh."

It looks likely that the Bangladesh paceman will link up with Sussex, with the English outfit offering assurance that the bowler will be given a break amid fears of burning out this exciting talent.