Mustafiz confident to be fit for NZ tour

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Nov 06,2016


Injured pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman is confident that he can regain his fitness ahead of the tour of New Zealand.
Mustafiz is going through a rehabilitation programme as part of his recovery for the shoulder surgery and despite not gaining full fitness selectors have picked him in Bangladesh’s 20-member squad for the upcoming Australia and New Zealand tour in December-January.
Mustafiz began bowling with the cricket ball from November 1 when he delivered 18 balls and followed it by bowling 24 balls two days later.
Though he could not bowl on Saturday as per schedule it looks he is gaining the confidence though it is unlikely to regain his match-fitness before late December when Bangladesh will start their three-match one-day international series.
‘I am gaining back some rhythm,’ Mustafiz told reporters at the National Cricket Academy premises on Saturday.
‘I was expected to bowl today but could not do so due to rain.
‘But I am confident that I will be fit before the New Zealand series as my rehabilitation is going on full pace.’
Mustafiz is expected to visit his home town on November 15 where he will take active rest for a couple of days.
The pacer is expected to bowl there to increase his work load while he will return to Dhaka on November 21 and will have a reassessment a day later.
‘He is doing fine and we hope by the end of this month he will be able to bowl nearly 80 percent of his pace,’ said national physio Baizidul Islam.
The cricketing genius underwent a surgery on his left shoulder at the BUPA Cromwell Hospital in London by renowned shoulder surgeon Andrew Wallace on August 10.

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