Bangladesh left-arm sensation Mustafizur Rahman has finally received a visa after having to wait for several days and now is all set to fly to UK to join the county team Sussex. The 20-year-old talented speedster got his visa on Tuesday afternoon. His flight is due to leave at 10:15 a.m. local time on Wednesday. The Bangladesh national team will begin its preliminary camp for the England series the same morning, but their pace ace will be off to that country at that time, reported bdnews24.com. Mustafizur will feature in the Natwest T20 Blast and Royal London One-Day Cup. Each of the tournaments are being played among 18 teams who are divided into two groups of nine.
Sussex next fixture is against the Essex in the T20 Blast at Chelmsford on Thursday. Taking this game into account, Mustafizur will be with the team for seven matches. On July 1, Mustafizur had told reporters, “It will be great if I can go to Sussex. England comes first (when talking about) cricket, so it will definitely feel good to be there. If I am given the opportunity I will try to give my best.
Sussex announced the news of signing Mustafizur on March 2 earlier this year. He was supposed to go to England at the beginning of June. But the youngster’s hamstring injury, which he picked up by playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) delayed his departure. Sussex, however, did not give up and gave Mustafizur more time to recover but the delay stretched on. Mustafizur then regained his fitness at the start of this month before having to wait for the visa. Two other Bangladeshis, the top all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and the star opening batsman Tamim Iqbal had also featured in England’s county cricket competitions.