Bangladesh Cricket

Mushtaq joins the England U-19 cricket team: may comeback after December 2024

Amid the batting ordeal of the Bangladesh cricket team, the bowling unit brought a beacon of light in the last edition of the T20 World Cup. Especially young leg-spinner Rishad Hossain impressed the experts with his spellbinding performance and was listed as one of the top wicket-takers in that edition. Bangladesh’s current spin bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed was applauded for his effort that rendered the young man in such a position with only a few months.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) was satisfied with the service from the prominent spin bowling coach and legendary player. In some statements after the T20 the BCB officials expressed their will to continue the relation with Mushtaq. However, it formally came to the media that Mushtaq isn’t continuing his service with BCB after he joined the England U-19 team as the cliché goes he had a prior commitment to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

Although uncertain, the BCB claimed they are still looking forward to roping Mushtaq for the long term. During a conversation with a leading media BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury said, ‘I can’t say how long it’s [England U19 contract] for. I don’t know if he will be available for the Pakistan series.’
The BCB official also added that before the recent contract they knew that Mushtaq would likely be available for only the World Cup session, ‘Before we communicated with Mushtaq, he had prior engagements till December which included the England U19 job. So, we said that we would have him till the World Cup and then we would sit and sort it out. That discussion is still ongoing. If he lets us know how many days he can be available for us till December in combination with his prior engagements, we will lock him down for those days. After December 2024, we will have a long-term agreement with Mushtaq.’

On the other hand, Cricbuzz published another report on Monday where the Pakistani coach stated his willingness to join the Bangladeshi side after December, ‘My man is talking with cricket board in Bangladesh and I already signed few commitments as a consultant for some different teams and different counties and different franchises so I have to fulfill those commitments and after December hopefully I will be more free and yes everything is, very positive and looking forward to catch up with you guys again.’

‘I had a really good time and I think they had great bunch of guys and can challenge any team I believe that and before I signed I did my work with all the cricketers of Bangladesh and I think they are very talented, all they need is to have a belief and confidence and they can challenge any team and I believe they can change that environment and hopefully can be a very good team specially with white-ball cricket,’ he added.

So, as it stands, Mushtaq is likely to miss Bangladesh’s Pakistan, India, South Africa and Windies series but could be a vital part of the upcoming Champions Trophy set to held in Pakistan.



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