Bangladesh fast bowling coach Courtney Walsh expects left-arm quick Mustafizur Rahman to regain top form in the upcoming Asia Cup in the UAE.
Rahman is fighting his way back after a succession of injuries – shoulder and toe. He worked his way back to match fitness during the T20 series against the West Indies last month but admitted he was not 100 per cent fit.
Coach Walsh is hopeful Rahman will be at his best in the UAE.
“He is coming on very good. He is not where he’d like to be. He did well in the West Indies when he joined us. If those injuries stay behind him, he will only get better,” Walsh was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
”He has very special skills. We need to have him around to give us a chance to do well. I think he will always give you the edge. We are hoping he can reach his peak during the Asia Cup,” he added.
Walsh said the focus was on improving Rahman’s skill-set.
“I don’t think his workload needs to be managed. He is bowling pretty well. I would like to do more skill work with him. I haven’t had a chance (to work with him) due to his injuries, but I am hoping during the Asia Cup, we can do some work. He is coming with some confidence. Hopefully he will get a lot fitter. He keeps getting slight injuries.”
The latest in a string of off-field incidents had seen the 26-year-old abuse and threaten a Bangladesh cricket fan on Facebook.
The right-handed batsman was summoned by the BCB disciplinary committee for a hearing on Saturday following which he was handed his sentence.
“We recommended six month ban from international cricket and it will be implemented from tomorrow,” BCB director Ismail Haider told reporters after the hearing.
BCB’s disciplinary committee has recommended that Sabbir Rahman be suspended for six months from international cricket. His fault this time is attacking a fan on Facebook just after Bangladesh’s second ODI v West Indies.— Mohammad Isam (@Isam84) September 1, 2018
“He is yet to play domestic cricket for his earlier ban that is expected to end this September. But today we had taken this decision for his Facebook post. Though he said that it was hacked, we don’t have the mechanism to verify that,” he added.
Rahman has also been warned off an even lengthier ban from international cricket if his off-field issues continue.
The middle-order batsman has made the news for the wrong reasons multiple times in the past. He was charged for assaulting a fan during a first-class match at Rajshahi in December last year following which his central contract with BCB was revoked along with a six-month ban from domestic cricket.
In June this year, the batsman was dropped for Bangladesh’s third and final T20I against Afghanistan at Dehradun after getting into a physical altercation with his team-mate Mehidy Hasan during the second match of the series.
The 31-year-old’s pain with his little finger on his left hand resurfaced during the recent T20 series against West Indies and confirmed he is likely to have surgery before next month’s tournament.
“We all know that I have to have a surgery,” Shakib told reporters at Dhaka airport after Bangladesh team’s return from the West Indies.
“But I feel the earlier it is done, the better, most probably before the Asia Cup,” he said.
Shakib first suffered the injury during the ODI series against Sri Lanka in January but with the World Cup on the horizon in England next May, he wants to ensure he is fully fit for the showpiece event.
“I don’t want to play without being fully fit. If I think that way, it should be done before Asia Cup and that is normal,” he said.