The 20-year-old left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman, who is currently undergoing rehab for a side strain, which he sustained during a league game against Sri Lanka in the ongoing Asia Cup T20, has been signed up by English county side Sussex. The Bangladesh pace-sensation will be representing this elite English domestic side in the domestic T20 and one-day competitions.
“He is a cricketer with incredible ability and is currently one of the bright young talents of world cricket. His unorthodox bowling variations make him a very difficult customer to bat against, and he will be a brilliant addition to our team,” Sussex head coach Mark Davis was quoted saying by BBC.
“I am very excited to get an opportunity in county cricket. It has always been an ambition of mine to play in England and I am thankful to Sussex for this opportunity. I hope I can repay the faith they have shown in me with my performances on the field,” this was what Mustafizur had to say while talking about this new challenge.
The soft-spoken pacer, so far has played two Tests, nine One-day Internationals (ODIs) and 10 T20s for the National side. However, his availability in the first part of the domestic English T20 tournament will depend on his commitments with Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League (IPL). This Hyderabad-based franchise picked up this Bangladesh bowler with 1 crore and 40 Lakh Indian rupees in the last IPL auction, which took place in Bengaluru last month.
This Satkhira-boy will become the first Bangladesh international cricketer to play for Sussex. Meanwhile, before him, Shakib al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal were the other Bangladeshi players who had played in these English domestic competitions.