The 10th of 11 children, Feraz Mustafa learnt his game at the Nigel Clegg Coaching Clinic, where he was enrolled at the age of six, and although at school he played for Bournville's junior football and table tennis side, it was cricket which really drew him. Aged 14, he made 745 runs at 126.16, earning him selection for the Bournville Under-16 team. A year later he was in the Bournville Under-19 side. In 1990, aged 20, Mustafa became Bournville Cricket Club;s youngest captain, leading them to victory in the Geddes Grant Shield. In that year he made his Adult debut, scoring 44 and 6 against Weoley Hill.