Asia Cup 2018: Bangladesh bowling coach Courtney Walsh hopes Mustafizur to be at his best in UAE

Bangladesh takes on Sri Lanka to kickstart the 2018 edition of the Asia Cup on September 15.

Walsh is hoping that Mustafizur will be at his best in the Asia Cup. | Getty

West Indies legend and current Bangladesh fast bowling coach, Courtney Walsh is hopeful that left-arm unorthodox quick Mustafizur Rahman would regain his best form leading up to the much anticipated Asia Cup in UAE. 

Mustafizur has been fighting battles with injuries and indifferent form for a while, but Walsh thinks the youngster will overcome these obstacles and give his best in the tournament that begins in a few days time with Bangladesh taking on against Sri Lanka on September 15. 

Walsh was recently quoted saying, "He is coming on very good. He is not where he'd like to be. He did well in the West Indies when he joined us. If those injuries stay behind him, he will only get better, He has very special skills. We need to have him around to give us a chance to do well. I think he will always give you the edge. We are hoping he can reach his peak during the Asia Cup,"

"I don't think his workload needs to be managed. He is bowling pretty well. I would like to do more skill work with him. I haven't had a chance (to work with him) due to his injuries, but I am hoping during the Asia Cup, we can do some work. He is coming with some confidence. Hopefully, he will get a lot fitter. He keeps getting slight injuries." he added. 

Walsh also went onto say that with conditions unlikely to offer to much to the fast bowlers in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the quicks will have to be extremely disciplined with their line and lengths at different stages of the games in UAE. 

"I don't think it will be perfect for pacers in the Asia Cup. I think the wickets in Dubai and Abu Dhabi are normally pretty flat and docile." he said and added, "I don't think in one-day cricket, you get much cricket in conditions perfect for pace bowlers. Everybody wants runs being scored, and it is always a challenge for bowlers. Whenever the bowlers do well, we have to give them the credit because it is not easy to bowl on these good batting wickets."

The two-week long 2018 edition of the Asia Cup begins on September 15 with the final in Dubai scheduled for September 28. 

(Inputs from Cricbuzz)


By Kashish Chadha - 09 Sep, 2018

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