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Injuries To Fast Bowlers Is The Main Concern Says Courtney Walsh

“It will be a big challenge. The World Cup is going to be long tournament. There are going to be some good cricket wickets.”

With the 2019 World Cup just around the corner, the ten participating teams have already started with their respective major preparations to perform with the highest abilities in the mega event. The all-important 50-overs quadrennial event will be kicking off its action with the opening game between hosts England and South Africa on 30th May in London. Bangladesh bowling coach Courtney Walsh feels a lot concerned about the injuries to the fast bowlers leading upto the 2019 World Cup.

Mustafizur, Saifuddin and Rubel carrying niggles

During a recent conversation, Courtney Walsh revealed that many of the Bangladesh players are currently playing competitive cricket, which is a good preparation in order to be in a good nick ahead of the World Cup. In the injury list, Mustafizur recently sprained his ankle, Rubel is down with a side strain and Saifuddin is struggling with a tennis elbow.

"It is the first day of practice. Some of the guys are still playing competitive cricket, which is good for them. Those who are not playing (competitive cricket) are in the camp today,'' quoted Courtney Walsh during an interview with the media reporters.

Walsh noted that they have three quality reserves in Taskin Ahmed, Khaled Ahmed and Shafiul Islam who can step up in case of injuries to any of the frontline fast bowlers. "Out of the five we have three injured - Fizz, Rubel and Saifuddin, who has the tennis elbow. We need to get them back into bowling, within the right frame of mind, and be sharp enough to do a bit of bowling in Ireland and be ready for the World Cup. We have Taskin Ahmed, Khaled Ahmed and Shafiul Islam as well [back-up bowlers]. You can probably say that we have them just in case we need them," Walsh added.

Mustafizur has got a big role to play

Walsh mentioned that it is very important to have a fit and rearing to perform with great spirits, Mustafizur Rahman for the 2019 World Cup. However, he also revealed that the Tigers are not at all relying on a single player. "[Mustafizur] has got a big role to play in the World Cup, once he is fit. But I don't think we rely on any one player. Shakib [Al Hasan], Mash [Mashrafe Mortaza] and Rubel have been consistent. Fizz hasn't been as sharp since his injury, and he keeps picking up slight niggles,” he further added.

The former Windies cricketer stated that the mega event will present a big challenge as it is a long tournament. He reckoned that the wickets will be batting-friendly and thus, they need to be intelligent enough with the execution.

"It will be a big challenge. The World Cup is going to be long tournament,. There are going to be some good cricket wickets, which are batting-friendly. We have to be intelligent, and try to execute well. We have to read the conditions and the surfaces we play. Some places the ball might swing more than others. We have to assess when we get there. Most of the wickets will be docile and flat. We have to work on our variations and execution,” the Bangladesh pace bowling coach concluded.