Bangladesh pace sensation Mustafizur Rahman, who played a key role in Sunrisers Hyderabad’s (SRH) victory in IPL 2016, is likely to miss the upcoming edition of the tournament.
The 21-year-old is currently in Sri Lanka to play the last ODI of the three-match series, which will be followed with two T20’Is.
Talking to Sportstarlive, Mustafizur said, “I have learnt a lot from IPL, but I don’t think I will be able to make it for the tournament this time around. I’m waiting for a permission from the Board.”
“I’m still not sure whether I will be able to play too many games. Even if I go, I will have to return by the first week of May. I am yet to get back to my rhythm, so Mashrafe Bhai (Mashrafe Mortaza) suggested me to skip the IPL. I am seriously considering his advice. We have a long session ahead and it is important that I remain fit. I’m trying hard to regain the lost touch but I am still not happy with my performance,” Mustafizur was quoted saying.
He picked up 17 wickets in 16 games at an economy of 6.9 and finished as the fifth-highest wicket-taker in the 9th edition of IPL.
Meanwhile, Sunrisers Hyderabad team sources have confirmed that the youngster would be missed in the first part of the tournament. “He will be missing the first leg, for sure. We are waiting for an official response from the Bangladesh Cricket Board on Mustafizur’s availability,” an SRH official was quoted saying.