Mustafizur Rahman is set to join Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) ahead of their away game against Mumbai Indians on Wednesday (April 12), the Bangladesh left-arm pacer confirmed through a Facebook post.
“Off to India, Mission IPL #OrangeArmy,” the lanky pacer posted on Tuesday.
The Bangladesh pace sensation’s participation in IPL 2017 was subject to conjecture with the Bangladesh Cricket Board understood to be skeptical in releasing the injury-prone pacer ahead of the 2017 Champions Trophy to be held in England in June.
Mustafizur played 16 games in Sunrisers’ title-winning campaign of 2016, but broke down soon after with a shoulder injury while representing Sussex in the English County Championship, forcing him to undergo surgery in August. He was then included for the New Zealand tour in December-January. He played two ODIs and two T20Is, but was ruled out of the Tests due to a hamstring niggle.
The 21-year-old then took time off and returned to domestic cricket after regaining match fitness, which put him on the plane to Sri Lanka, where Bangladesh played two Tests, three ODIs and two T20Is.
“He is available and is arriving this evening. Who he’ll replace might be decided tomorrow. But it’s more than likely that he will be fit and available unless something happens overnight. But yeah, he’s in our consideration for the final eleven,” Tom Moody said, on the eve of SRH’s next game.
Now that the news has been confirmed by the man himself, SRH fans can rejoice as Mustafizur adds a lot more stability to the already good-looking bowling line-up with his excellent variations.
However, with Bangladesh and New Zealand playing a tri-series in Ireland beginning May 12, there is still an air of uncertainty over the pacer’s stay for the entire duration of the tournament. SRH’s last two leagues games are on May 8 and 13 respectively, while the play-offs begin on May 16. The final of the tenth edition of the IPL is scheduled for May 21.