Mustafizur nearing Bangladesh return

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Mustafizur Rahman is in contention to be part of Bangladesh's touring party to face New Zealand later this month after recovering from shoulder surgery.

The 21-year-old has not featured on the international scene since March after suffering the injury while playing county cricket in England with Sussex.

Following surgery Mustafizur has begun bowling again in a bid to prove his fitness and be part of the squad that will play three one-day internationals, three Twenty20 internationals and two Tests against New Zealand.

Their tour begins on December 26 with a training camp in Australia in the weeks prior to the opening match, and Bangladesh Cricket Board's chief physician Debashish Chowdhury expects Mustafizur - and Ebadat Hossain - to feature.

"Mustafizur and Ebadat have bowled with an intensity of 80-90 per cent of their abilities in the practice session this morning [Sunday]," Dr Chowdhury told Bangladesh News 24.

"Our trainer is very happy with their progress. The good news is they were able to bowl two spells ... without any discomfort.

"Bowling at such intensity means they are almost fit. If they are giving 80 per cent here, we can assume they have achieved [full fitness].

"We only have a few days left. Another gym session and bowling session will be held in the meantime. The selectors or the team management will then consider sending them to Australia or New Zealand.

"We are assuming they will be able to follow the training drills and schedule that the other bowlers will follow there."

Mustafizur has taken 48 wickets in just 22 limited-overs internationals for Bangladesh, as well as playing two Tests against South Africa last year.