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Bangladesh pace spearhead Mustafizur Rahman himself confirmed on Wednesday that he will not be included in the final squad of the upcoming Test series against the West Indies.

Mustafizur has been doing his rehabilitation after being sustained injury on his left big toe on the stroke of the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) where he had played only seven matches for Mumbai Indians, the second IPL franchise for him after Sunrisers Hyderabad.

“I’m going home after a long-day break. It’ll be good for me as there will be parents and close relatives with me there,” said Mustafizur Rahman, who will fly to Satkhira via Jashore to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr today evening.

“If I could be included in Test squad it would be then better further for me,” Rahman told reporters at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) ground yesterday.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will announce their Test squad for the two-match Test series against the Caribbean side, the series which will start at Antigua on July 4.

BCB chief physician Dr Debashis Chowdhury said that they are not making any haste to bring Mustafiz back in his action rather we’re trying so he could come back after being healed fully.  

“Mustafiz(ur) got strain on his left big toe last month (May 20) while playing ILP match. When players sustained in such type of injury we suggested them not to carry any weighty things for the next three weeks so that he feels no pressure on his toe,” Debashis Chowdhury said.

“As he did not take any rest in the first week after his injury, for this we have given him a three-week-rest since May 25. In that case, the timeframe is scheduled to end on June 14. He has to continue his weightless activities till then,” Chowdhury told media.

“We’ll allow him to walk after the Eid vacation. If he could do it, we’ll since give him to run. Actually we’re predicting that another week after Eid will be needed to return to bowling but it depends on how he is improving,” he added.

BCB physician said that they have planning to let him play against Sri Lanka A team to prove his fitness.

“We’ve a plan around him. The series we have against Sri Lanka A team we’ll play him to prove his match fitness. If he could play the first two four-dayers against the visitors with no difficulty, we’ll then consider him eligible for the West Indies series.

“It’ll be difficult for him to play the tour opener. Actually it will be known about his real state of his fitness and his readiness for the West Indies when he will start his bowling in full intensity.    

But he warned that if he feels any discomfort while bowling then we’ll not give him permission to play. Actually we don’t take any risk of his return to bowling before his complete recuperation from injury.

The 22-year-old fast bowler, who bewildered batsmen with his mysterious delivery after being stepping into international cricket, said that he is doing what is set by physician as a part of his rehab.   

 “Now it is very much better. Almost three weeks has been gone. Physio has given some works to me what I am now trying to do so day by day. Overall I feel good,” the fast bowler, dubbed cutter-master for his effective slower, said.

“There is a gap of some days but they have set a programme which will continue. They will see me and resume the programme after coming from the Eid vacation,” he continued.

“I sustained injured. I’m trying how I could be involved in the team. I myself try to do it what was set by physio in my rehab programme so that I could come back as early as possible,” he added.

“The whole thing depends on Almighty Allah,” he responded to a query.

“Of course, there will be a matter of regret. Every player seeks to be sound,” he said adding: “What I will do. I always try to be fit. I’ve nothing to do if recurs.”

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