Mustafiz puts country over IPL

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:55, Feb 23,2021 | Updated: 00:03, Feb 24,2021


Left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman said that he will prefer playing Test matches against Sri Lanka over taking part in the Indian Premier League as to him country comes first.

Bangladesh will be playing two Test matches against Sri Lanka in the latter part of April, at the same time the IPL will be taking place, though both competitions are yet to release the final schedule.

Mustafiz, who was picked by Rajasthan Royals for his base price of Rupees one crore, said that he is ready to let go of the offer if he is picked for the Test series against Sri Lanka.

‘The Bangladesh Cricket Board has given me the liberty to make my decision. To me, playing for the country is always the first priority,’ Mustafiz told the media before catching the flight to New Zealand.

‘Sri Lanka series will take place at that time [of IPL].  If I get a chance in the Test team, then I will play Test. If I am not picked and the BCB allows me to go, then I will play in the IPL,’ he added.

Shakib Al Hasan snubbed the Test series to play in the IPL, a decision which enraged the BCB officials and prompted them to bring changes on the player’s contract.

Mustafiz is not part of BCB’s red-ball contract and he was dropped from the Dhaka Test against West Indies after playing his first Test since 2019 at Chattogram where he picked two wickets in the first innings.

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