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A Test career on the brink

Mustafiz is currently busy plying his trade for Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) gave Mustafiz a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to take part in the cash-rich tournament. Furthermore, they didn’t include him in the Test series against South Africa and now have not selected him for the Sri Lanka Test series.

But Mustafiz’s absence from the Test squad is hardly news anymore. The 26-year-old last played a Test for Bangladesh back in February 2021 against West Indies. Since then, he has been absent in five Test series. The home series against Sri Lanka is set to be his sixth straight absence in a Test series for the Tigers.

Mustafiz, in his defence, has recently told the media that he isn’t taking part in Tests to steer clear of injuries and prolong his international career. Given the long list of injuries he has suffered in his eight-year-long international career, his reasoning holds merit. But this time his insistence of not playing Tests has placed his fellow pacers in a tough position.

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