IPL 2024: Mustafizur Rahman flies back home, likely to miss CSK’s next game

Chennai Super Kings pacer Mustafizur Rahman in action against Royal Challengers Bengaluru (AP)

Mustafizur Rahman, the key pacer for CSK in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024, has returned to Bangladesh to complete his visa processing for the T20 World Cup 2024, which is scheduled to be held in the United States and West Indies. This development suggests that Rahman is unlikely to play in CSK’s next match against Hyderabad (SRH) on April 5th at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.

Rahman flew back to Bangladesh to undergo biometric procedures for his US visa on April 4th, indicating that this process might cause him to miss not only the April 5th match but possibly another encounter against the Kolkata Knight Riders on April 8th if there are any further delays. Rahman’s absence could affect CSK’s bowling attack since he has played a crucial role in picking up wickets and breaking vital partnerships during critical stages of games.

Mustafizur Rahman showcased his prowess in the tournament opener against Bengaluru (RCB), claiming four scalps to restrict them to a manageable total. However, due to his unavailability, CSK might need to reconsider their bowling strategies for the upcoming matches.

”He has gone back home to complete visa formalities and will only be back after he gets his passport back. Tomorrow is the day when he applies for the visa,” CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan told PTI.

The left-arm pacer will be applying for a visa with the rest of his Bangladesh teammates. Rahman is the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with seven wickets at an average of 15.14. Four of those wickets came in the IPL opener against Royal Challengers Bengaluru on March 22. The T20 World Cup begins on June 1 and Bangladesh open their campaign against Sri Lanka in Dallas on June 7. They play South Africa in New York on June 10 before moving to the Caribbean for their remaining two group games.

Published By:

Saurabh Kumar

Published On:

Apr 3, 2024

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