The Bangladesh Cricket Board is disappointed with Shakib al Hasan giving preference to the Indian Premier League over national commitments. The ace all-rounder will play for Kolkata Knight Riders in the upcoming edition of the IPL and will skip the two Test series against Sri Lanka that’s expected to clash will the IPL.
Though the BCB has already made it clear that they’ll issue the NOC to the players who’re interested in playing the IPL, they’re planning to make amendments in the central contracts to avoid such situations in the future. Shakib is not the only cricketer who is expected to skip the series. Mustafizur Rahman, who was sold to Rajasthan Royals in the IPL auction may also opt-out of the tour.
"We will enter into a new contact with the players (for 2021). It will be mentioned clearly who wants to play which format. They have to inform us. If they have any other engagement, they have to be clear about their availability. It is very open. Previously, it depended on individuals but now we are confirming it in writing, so that nobody can say that they haven't been allowed or we kept them forcefully," said BCB President Nazmul Hassan.
Shakib al Hasan has been one of the key members of the Kolkata franchise. He played crucial roles in their championship wins in 2012 and 2017. He was with KKR till 2017 before Sunrisers Hyderabad purchased him in the 2018 auction. But he’s back with the KKR camp and will be looking to contribute to their hunt for the title. Shakib has a phenomenal record in IPL with 746 runs and 59 wickets to his name in 63 games.