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Jofra Archer’s injury likely to give Mustafizur Rahman a chance for playing in IPL 2021

It is not clear whether Mustafizur Rahman will play in the IPL 2021 or not. It is doubtful because Bangladesh has a Test series against Sri Lanka during the IPL 2021. Mustafiz himself said long before he left for New Zealand that he would play for Bangladesh if gets selected in the squad against Sri Lanka and will not go to the IPL 2021. The left-arm pacer hasn’t yet asked for permission to play in the IPL 2021. That’s why Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is also not uttering a word about his playing in the IPL 2021.

However, if Mustafizur chooses to play in the IPL 2021, the chances of him playing in the match has increased as his teammate in IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals, the English fast bowler Jofra Archer has injured his right elbow  during the five-match T20 series against India earlier this month.

Archer was ruled out of the ODI series against India and it is also rumored that Archer will not be available for some time even at the start of the IPL 2021. After India won the last match of the T20 series 3-2, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said Archer was returning to England to recover from the injury.

The statement of the ECB gave bad news to Rajasthan Royals. “England’s medical team will monitor the Jofra’s injury condition, then work out a medical plan with Jofra and schedule his return to the game.” And with all that, Jofra will not be able to make it in the early part of this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL). ‘

In the IPL 2020, Rajasthan Royals was eliminated from the group stage but Archer was brilliant. With 20 wickets in 14 matches, he was the highest wicket-taker for Rajasthan Royals in the tournament and was the 7th highest wicket-taker in the tournament. Finding an alternative to a fast bowler like him will not be easy for Rajasthan Royals. However, due to Archer’s injury, Mustafiz’s chances of playing are increasing at least on pen and paper.

In the IPL Auction 2021, Rajasthan Royals bought South African pacer-all-rounder Chris Morris along with Bangladesh’s Mustafiz. England’s pace-bowling all-rounder Ben Stokes is there. The team includes Australian fast bowler Andrew Tye, Indian left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat. Other than that, Jos Buttler, Liam Livingstone, and David Miller will be playing in the ‘foreign’ quota. 

Among the expert pacers, Archer also plays in foreign quotas, Mustafiz was also bought in foreign quota. Buttler in the batsman quota and Morris-Stokes in the all-rounder quota should get a chance. Archer was thought to be the fourth foreigner to play for Rajasthan Royals.

If Mustafiz opts to play in the IPL 2021, then it might be helpful for Bangladesh Cricket Team as IPL 2021 will return to Indian soil, and the ICC T20 World Cup is also scheduled to be held in India this time. He will surely get an idea of the Indian conditions and make a huge impact on his national team’s success in the prestigious tournament. Now, the ball is on Mustafiz’s court to decide his fate.

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