Mustafizur Rahman targets Test return after contract snub

Fast bowler left off red-ball list

Bangladesh fans

Bangladesh fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman is determined to improve after being removed from Bangladesh's list of contracted players for Test cricket.

Rahman has been a relatively permanent fixture in Bangladesh's ODI and T20I XIs, but hasn't played Test cricket since March 2019.

“It's good for me because now I've understood that I need to improve as I will not be able to make it in the team with what I have. Now I will try to improve so that I can take my bowling to the next level and so that I can play in all formats,” said Rahman.

“I can make a comeback in the Test team only if my hands start to work better. Now I am trying something new because now everyone knows about me. At first they didn't know about me and I could easily get a wicket but now it has been a bit difficult for me.”

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The talented right-armer has been reasonably successful in sub-continental conditions, especially in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, but has been criticised for not taking enough wickets in New Zealand, South Africa and other countries.

“My yorker is not the same like I used to deliver and I don't have that confidence anymore, but I'm trying. I think there is problem somewhere. Now it's going great again but still I do not get that confidence. I think there is something with my hand. I feel more practice is required because I have to make myself better since It's been a while since I've produced something impressive,” he added.

Meanwhile, he is working with former West Indies fast bowler and Proteas head coach Ottis Gibson, who recently joined Bangladesh as a bowling coach.

“I worked with Ottis, but he did not give too many suggestions. He only showed me how to grip but didn't say anything about my hand position but asked me to keep the wrist firm and in the right position,” concluded Raman.

The 24-year-old has represented the Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League – and Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League. More recently, he played for the Rangpur Riders in the Bangladesh Premier League.

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