Vivo IPL 2021: Bangladeshi pacer Mustafizur Rahman gives another blow to Rajasthan Royals as he continues to delay his arrival in India for the fourteenth edition of IPL. Rahman is currently with Bangladesh national squad in New Zealand for the limited-overs series.
The pacer did not feature in the last two T20Is against New Zealand and will remain with the Bangladesh squad till Sunday. He will fly to India on 04th April.
“He has not yet left for India. He is with the team and will only leave with the team on Sunday,” said Bangladesh Cricket Board’s Senior Manager.
The pacer will have to undergo mandatory seven days quarantine upon arriving in India with a commercial flight which will rule him out of two games for Rajasthan Royals.
“My first priority is to play for my country, and if I am picked in the Test series against Sri Lanka, I will naturally play. If I am not picked, then BCB will tell me that I am not included. At that point, if I am given NOC to play in the IPL, then I will play, but patriotism comes first for me,” Mustafizur Rahman said.
Earlier, the inaugural champions Rajasthan Royals had suffered the first blow as Jofra Archer will miss a couple of initial games, he has undergone surgery to get rid of the small glass fragment from his arm.
Archer was having an issue with his arm since the starting of 2021 and the England Cricket Medical team was handling it for the India tour and now as the tour is finished, Archer went for surgery.
In absence of Archer and Mustafizur Rahman, Andrew Tye will lead the pace attack for Rajasthan Royals.