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Bangladesh bowling coach Courtney Walsh backs Mustafizur Raham to deliver during Asia Cup in UAE

Left-arm pacer Rahman fighting his way back after toe injury

Sport360 staff 2018/09/08

Bangladesh fast bowling coach Courtney Walsh expects left-arm quick Mustafizur Rahman to regain top form in the upcoming Asia Cup in the UAE.

Rahman is fighting his way back after a succession of injuries – shoulder and toe. He worked his way back to match fitness during the T20 series against the West Indies last month but admitted he was not 100 per cent fit.

Coach Walsh is hopeful Rahman will be at his best in the UAE.

“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,” Walsh was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.

”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,” he added.

Walsh said the focus was on improving Rahman’s skill-set.

“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.”

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