Mustafizur will have to play Test cricket if needed: Papon...

Mustafizur will have to play Test cricket if needed: Papon

 Sports Desk

 Published: 09:07 PM, 23 April 2022   Updated: 09:08 PM, 23 April 2022

Mustafizur will have to play Test cricket if needed: Papon

Mustafizur will have to play Test cricket if needed: Papon

Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan Papon said on Saturday (April 23) that Mustafizur Rahman will have to play Test cricket if he is required by the team. Mustafizur had recently insisted that he is not ready to return to Test cricket, and that picking and choosing formats was important for him in order to prolong his career.

The left-arm pacer cleared his position that the BCB top-brass was set to discuss with him about his future in Test cricket. Mustafizur also said that he will sit with the BCB president to tell him about his stance, although he added that Papon was aware of all the developments.

"Firstly let me explain, we have sent the players a format (contract paper) to tell us who wants to play which format. Those who have said they want to play three formats or say Test or say two formats, we have included them (in the national contract accordingly). Mustafizur did not write his name for Test and he did not say that he wants to play Test,'' Nazmul told reporters at a city hotel on Saturday.

"Whether he says (yes) or not is not important because if we need him he will have to play (Tests). Certainly we can call him for Sri Lanka series if he is required. Look there is Taskin, Shoriful and Ebadat and these three cricketers are there for Tests and when they are there if I keep Mustafizur there ultimately we don't know whether the management or coaching staff will play him. But when he is required (for Test) definitely he will have to play. There is no issue with it,'' he said.

Since making his Test debut in 2015, Mustafizur featured in just 14 of the 39 Tests that Bangladesh played in this period. The left-arm pace bowler missed seven Tests after BCB opted not to include him in the Test contract list as per his insistence. Bangladesh missed his service in the one-off game against Zimbabwe while he was not available in the two-match Test series against Pakistan, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Meanwhile, Nazmul said that he will sit with the Test squad to know whether they are having any psychological issues. "Earlier we felt that we struggle against pace bowlers but now we are seeing that we are being troubled by spinners. Today I wanted to sit with the Test team but they arrived late but we will certainly within a day or two to know what is happening,'' said Nazmul. "if there is any psychological issue we will have to address it."