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Mahmudullah played the last of his 49 Tests in January 2020 Getty Images
Mahmudullah played the last of his 49 Tests in January 2020 Getty Images
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Mahmudullah Recalled To Bangladesh Test Squad

Mahmudullah has been recalled to the Bangladesh Test squad after an absence of over a year. The 35-year-old batsman, who is the captain of the Bangladesh T20I team, last played a Test in February 2020.

Injuries to senior players keeper Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal led to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) turning to Mahmudullah.

Mahmudullah last played a Test for Bangladesh in February 2020.
Mahmudullah last played a Test for Bangladesh in February 2020. (Reuters Photo)

Mahmudullah Returns To The Test Squad While Shakib Al Hasan Whose Last T20I Came In September 2019 Returns To T20I Squad

Mahmudullah played the last of his 49 Tests in January 2020, against Pakistan in Rawalpindi, and was subsequently left out of the series against Zimbabwe last year and against West Indies and Sri Lanka this year. Mahmudullah was also among a handful of cricketers to be given a white-ball-only central contract in 2020.

He averages 31.77 amassing 2764 runs from 93 innings in 49 Tests but was inconsistent and didn’t show much sign of improvement in the lead-up to his axing. He was in form in early 2019, scoring 22, 146, 13, and 67 in the two-Test series in New Zealand, but then had a top score of 39* in four Test matches, where he totalled only 109 runs in eight innings. Though out of the red-ball side, the 35-year-old has been a regular in the Bangladesh white-ball teams.

“During an emergency meeting yesterday that included the selectors, the board president (Nazmul Hassan) and myself, we decided that we can’t take a chance with the injuries,” BCB cricket operations chairman Akram Khan is quoted as saying.

Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images
Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

“Because of the situation, we decided to make the squad bigger. We are 80 percent sure that he (Rahim) can play, but we don’t want to take a chance. We want to have a backup batsman in the squad.”

The Zimbabwe tour also marks the return of all-rounder and former captain Shakib Al Hasan to the Bangladesh Test and T20I squads. Shakib Al Hasan last played a Test match against West Indies in February.

He missed the three Tests against Sri Lanka as he was playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2021 Indian Premier League before the tournament was postponed due to a bio-bubble breach. His last T20I came in September 2019, after which a thigh injury forced him out of Bangladesh’s tour of New Zealand.

Bangladesh Plays Zimbabwe In 1 Test, 3 ODIs And 3 T20Is

Tamim Iqbal also returns to the T20I squad after taking leave from the New Zealand tour. Bangladesh plays Zimbabwe in one Test, three ODIs, and as many T20Is in a tour that will last from July 7 to July 27.

Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot against Sri Lanka. - AFP
Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot against Sri Lanka. – AFP

Tamim Iqbal withdrew from the Super League stage of Prime Bank Cricket Club’s campaign in the Dhaka Premier League (DPL) after suffering a knee injury, while Mushfiqur Rahim has a fractured finger, which he sustained last week while playing in a DPL match. The wicket-keeper batsman, in a major blow to Bangladesh, had fractured his index finger ahead of the Zimbabwe series.

Mushfiqur Rahim was the top scorer in the recently-concluded 3-match ODI series against Sri Lanka at home. He scored 237 runs in the three matches and helped Bangladesh win their first ODI series against Sri Lanka by scoring 125 in the second ODI.

Bangladesh Cricket Board cricket operations chairman Akram Khan said Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim are recovering from injuries, and thus added Mahmudullah for his experience. Mahmudullah has played 49 Tests scoring 2764 runs at an average of 31.77. He has also picked up 43 wickets.

Test squad: Mominul Haque (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Shadman Islam, Saif Hassan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Yasir Ali, Nurul Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Nayeem Hasan, Abu Jayed, Taskin Ahmed, Ebadat Hossain, Shoriful Islam
ODI squad: Tamim Iqbal (capt), Mohammad Naim, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Mithun, Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain, Shoriful Islam
T20I squad: Mahmudullah (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Naim, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Afif Hossain, Shamim Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, Mahedi Hasan, Aminul Islam, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam
Shakib Al Hasan flings the stumps after umpire Mahfuzur Rahman calls for the covers Walton
Shakib Al Hasan flings the stumps after umpire Mahfuzur Rahman calls for the covers Walton
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Shakib Al Hasan Apologises For Kicking Stumps In A DPL T20 Match

Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh all-rounder had a shocking on-field meltdown during a Dhaka Premier League (DPL) T20 match in Dhaka, kicking stumps and arguing with umpires in a display of appalling behavior for which he later apologized calling it a ‘human error’.

Shakib Al Hasan’s apology notwithstanding, kicking the stumps is as good as a Level 3 offense and could eventually lead to a one-match suspension for the former Bangladesh skipper.

Shakib Al Hasan DPL Photo Credit: (Twitter)
Shakib Al Hasan DPL Photo Credit: (Twitter)

Shakib Al Hasan Apologizes For Losing His Temper During A Dhaka Premier League Match Playing For Mohammedan Sporting Franchise

The 34-year-old’s anger got the better of him during his Mohammedan Sporting franchise’s game against Abahani Limited. The DPL encounter was eventually won by his team via the Duckworth-Lewis method.

In scenes rarely seen at a top-level cricket match, Shakib Al Hasan’s temper flared up on two different occasions in one Dhaka Premier League (DPL) match on Friday: he first kicked the stumps, and later uprooted a whole set of them and flung them to the ground.

“I’m extremely sorry for losing my temper and ruining the match for everyone and especially those who’re watching from home. An experienced player like me shouldn’t have reacted that way, but sometimes against all odds it happens, unfortunately,” Shakib tendered an official apology on his Facebook page.

Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images
Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

“I apologize to the teams, management, tournament officials, and organizing committee for this human error. Hopefully, I won’t be repeating this again in the future. Thanks and love you all,” he further wrote.

During the match held at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, a Mushfiqur Rahim leg before appeal being turned down by the umpire led to the furious captain kicking the stumps.

Shakib Al Hasan Ran To Uproot All The Stumps At The Non-Striker’s End When The Match Officials Called For A Rain Break With 1 Ball Left In The 6th Over

On the second occasion, he ran from his mid-off position to uproot all the stumps at the non-striker’s end when the two match officials called for a rain break with one ball left in the sixth over of the Abahani innings.

The footage of the incident since then has gone viral and it is believed that he was angry because one more delivery would have ensured that a minimum of six overs is completed for a match to yield a result. The match did start eventually and his team won easily.

Shakib Al Hasan reacts after umpire turns down LBW appeal
Shakib Al Hasan reacts after umpire turns down an LBW appeal Shamsul Hoque

 

He was also caught on camera getting into an ugly altercation with former Bangladesh international and current Bangladesh Cricket Board director Khaled Mahmood Sujon. Shakib Al Hasan had earlier hit the headlines for wrong reasons in 2019 when he was slapped with a two-year ban, one year suspended, for not reporting a corrupt approach.

Off the last ball of the fifth over, Shakib Al Hasan struck Mushfiqur Rahim on the pads, only for umpire Imran Parvez to turn down the appeal. Shakib Al Hasan immediately kicked the stumps at the non-striker’s end and argued with the umpire, with some of the Mohammedan Sporting players surrounding the pair. Then the fielders moved on as it was the end of the over.

Then, after the fifth ball of the sixth over, umpire Mahfuzur Rahman indicated to the groundsmen to bring on the covers as a light rain had begun. Shakib ran in towards the umpire from his fielding position and ripped out all the three stumps from the non-strikers’ end and flung them on the ground.
IPL Franchises' Skippers
IPL Franchises' Skippers
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IPL Franchises Working On Logistics After BCCI Announced That Remainder Of IPL 2021 Will Be Held In UAE

IPL franchises have started working on the logistics after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced that the remaining games of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be played in UAE in the September-October window. While the IPL franchises are looking to shift base to the UAE by the third week of August, a final call will be taken after discussions with BCCI on quarantine protocols among other things.

Another important focus for the remainder of the season is the availability of foreign stars as the IPL will be closely followed by the T20 World Cup. IPL Franchises are confident that the BCCI will engage in positive discussions with the foreign boards and make the foreign players available for the remaining games.

IPL Trophy
IPL Trophy, Image Credits: Twitter

IPL Franchises Will Book Hotel Rooms As Soon As They Have Clarity On The Protocols In Place

Speaking to ANI, an official of one of the IPL franchises said initial planning and discussions have started, but the exact time of moving to the UAE would also depend on the quarantine rules that the BCCI decides on with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and the UAE government.

“As of now, we only have the communication that the remaining part of the IPL will be held in the UAE after Saturday’s Special General Meeting. We are also aware that the BCCI office-bearers are in talks with the ECB on the plan of action and are currently in Dubai.

“So, once we have clarity on the protocols that will be in place, especially with regards to teams quarantining after reaching UAE, we can block the hotel rooms accordingly,” the official said.

Emirates Cricket Board, BCCI
Emirates Cricket Board, BCCI

One of the IPL franchises’ official said it will more or less be the same ones that the teams used last year as most IPL franchises have started their initial negotiations with the hotels in UAE and will close the hotel deals as soon as BCCI reveals travel plans.

“Talks are on and once we hear from the BCCI on the travel plan, we will close the deal with the hotel. Barring one or two teams, you can expect most of the teams to book the same hotels which they did last season because it helps as both the teams as well as the hotel staff know exactly what they are looking at when it comes to the bio-bubbles and arrangements for travel to the ground and other areas that need special focus with an eye on the COVID-19 situation,” the official explained.

It has been reported that the Board of Control for Cricket in India might cut the salaries of the foreign players if they don’t participate in the second leg of IPL.

IPL Franchise Official Concerned About Availability Of Foreign Players

Another official said the teams are focused on knowing about the availability of foreign cricketers for the remaining games as some of the boards might have T20 World Cup preparations on top of their mind and could be reluctant to leave their players for the IPL.

“What we were made aware of after the BCCI SGM is that the board will be speaking to the foreign boards and check on the availability of the foreign cricketers. We are confident that the BCCI will find the best possible solution and honestly, it is a matter of the BCCI officials speaking to the respective board officials, so we should wait to hear from the board on this.”

“Yes, if we do end up missing some of the foreign stars, that is an area which would need some attention when it comes to picking replacements as the foreign players are also integral to the teams. Team balance can go for a toss, so keeping fingers crossed on that one,” the official said.

IPL Franchises Players (Photo Source: Getty Images & Twitter)
IPL Franchises Players (Photo Source: Getty Images & Twitter)

Coming back to the travel plans, one of the IPL franchises’ official said the BCCI is expected to once again give a dateline on when teams can start reaching UAE after their meetings with the ECB and the UAE government. So, all plans would be finalized only after official communication from the board.

“If you remember, last year we were given a specific date (August 20) before which we couldn’t leave for UAE. With the tournament once again starting around September 18-19, we should be given the same kind of window to start shifting base to UAE. With the discussions with hotels already on, it shouldn’t be such a big concern. As of now, we are looking at traveling around the third week of August,” the official told ANI.

The 2020 edition saw Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders setting up base in Abu Dhabi while the rest of the teams stayed in Dubai.

As of now, England and Bangladesh players have been prohibited from taking part in the rescheduled IPL 2021. Last week, Ashley Giles, the managing director of the England men’s team had made it clear that the English players will be rested during the second leg of the mega event since they have a full schedule that includes the T20 World Cup and the Ashes.

Even Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has refrained veteran all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and frontline pacer Mustafizur Rahman from taking part in the tournament. Meanwhile, there are no clarifications from Cricket Australia (CA) as of now.

Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images
Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images
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Shakib Al Hasan Unlikely To Get NOC For Upcoming CPL 2021

Shakib Al Hasan is unlikely to get a no-objection certificate for the upcoming Caribbean Premier League which was hinted at by the Bangladesh Cricket Board. All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan returned to Jamaica Tallawahs, a franchise he represented in 2016 and 2017 where he won the title in his first stint, for the forthcoming edition of CPL.

However, Bangladesh is expected to have a busy schedule at that point considering they are expected to host Australia with England and New Zealand scheduled to follow.

Shakib Al Hasan has played for Barbados Tridents and Jamaica Tallawahs previously in the CPL.
Shakib Al Hasan has played for Barbados Tridents and Jamaica Tallawahs previously in the CPL. © Getty

Shakib Al Hasan’s NOC For CPL Not Yet Decided: Akram Khan

BCB cricket operation chairman Akram Khan told Cricbuzz on Saturday (May 28) that although they have not taken any decision in this regard, they are expecting to field a full-strength team for those matches.

“We have not taken any decision about it (NOC for CPL). When the time comes we can make a decision in this regard,” he said. “We certainly want to play against them with our full-strength squad.”

BCB's operations committee chairman Akram Khan. -Collected
BCB’s operations committee chairman Akram Khan. -Collected

Going forward, however, Akram Khan’s wish might not get granted unlike the previous occasions considering the BCB is expected to add a few new clauses in the contracts for the national cricketers. Cricbuzz understands that the players will be given an option to state their availability for the national team and inform the board beforehand about their commitments to different franchise-based tournaments.

Shakib Al Hasan Admits Lack Of Form During Sri Lanka ODIs And Want To Ensure Not To Repeat Same Mistakes

The decision to include this clause cropped up after Shakib Al Hasan decided to skip the Sri Lanka tour to make him available for the Indian Premier League 2021. BCB president Nazmul Hasan insisted that they will add this clause in their next central contract so that they don’t panic at the last minute.

Shakib Al Hasan returned to the ODI squad for Sri Lanka series (Reuters Photo)
Shakib Al Hasan returned to the ODI squad for the Sri Lanka series (Reuters Photo)

Meanwhile, Shakib Al Hasan on Saturday admitted about his lack of form during the recently-concluded ODI series against Sri Lanka but vowed not to replicate the same mistakes going ahead. The all-rounder looked a pale shadow of his former self with the bat at his favourite number three position registering scores of 15, 0, and 4.

“Of course, my expectations weren’t fulfilled during the series. But I have to ensure that these things won’t happen next and it’s very important,” Shakib told reporters at a city hotel during a jersey launching ceremony of Mohammedan Sporting Club for the upcoming Dhaka Premier League.

Shakib Al Hasan recently decided to skip the Pakistan Super League in order to play the DPL.

Before IPL 2021 came to an abrupt halt due to the Covid-19 crisis in India and multiple positive cases within numerous franchises, Shakib Al Hasan could score 38 runs in three matches for his newly acquired franchise Kolkata Knight Riders. As a result, he has been dropped soon after.

Moreover, he carried the poor form to the ODI series against Sri Lanka. Although Bangladesh won the series by a margin of 2-1, Shakib Al Hasan’s return was uninspiring. The 34-year-old has only scored 19 runs in three matches at a strike rate of less than 50 averaging a mere dismal 6.33. He picked 3 scalps at an uninspiring average of 43.33.

In the 2019 World Cup, he scored 606 runs along with 11 wickets – statistics that truly highlight his value. Picked by the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2011, he was an important part of their two title-winning sides in 2012 and 2014. The 34-year-old was bought by his former franchise for 3.2 crores in the players’ auction in February 2021.

Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan
Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan
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Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hasan Confident Of Bio-bubble Arrangement In Bangladesh-Sri Lanka Series

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hasan has said the home board is confident of the bio-bubble arrangement that is in place for the ongoing 3-match ODI series against Sri Lanka. Nazmul Hasan’s comment comes after a Sri Lanka player tested positive for Covid-19 in the lead-up to the series opener in Dhaka on Sunday.

Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan stressed that there is no need for panic but promised that Bangladesh Cricket Board will step up the bio-bubble vigilance. Bangladesh and Sri Lanka play 3 ODIs in Dhaka between May 23 and 28. The BCB chief is confident that the remainder of the series will go ahead as scheduled.

Bangladesh Cricket Board chief Nazmul Hasan said he is confident of bio-bubble arrangements for Sri Lanka series (AFP Photo)
Bangladesh Cricket Board chief Nazmul Hasan said he is confident of bio-bubble arrangements for the Sri Lanka series (AFP Photo)

Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hasan: Nothing Serious To Panic And There’s A Protocol In Place

The ODI series opener was in question after it emerged on Sunday that 3 members of the touring Sri Lankan party tested positive for Covid-19. However, two of them returned negative results in the second RT-PCR test. The first ODI went ahead as scheduled on Sunday even as the 3 members did not join the rest of the team at the Shere-Bangla National Stadium.

“We are following the protocol and we feel nothing serious happened that we need to panic. It can happen at times (someone testing positive) but there is a protocol in place… what we need to do and how many times we need to do the test to make sure that he is negative,” Hasan said.

Chaminda Vaas (Photo-Reuters)
Chaminda Vaas (Photo-Reuters)

“But definitely we will increase our vigilance. He (Shiran Fernando) recovered from Covid very recently, the PCR may have detected the dead RNA from the virus, many individuals have it on them up to 28 days,” he added.

Sri Lanka bowling coach Chaminda Vaas, bowlers Isura Udana and Shiran Fernando have tested positive ahead of Sunday’s first ODI against Bangladesh in Dhaka. Chaminda Vaas and Isuru Udana returned negative results while Shiran Fernando tested positive in the 2nd RT-PCR Test for which the samples were collected on Saturday.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hasan has addressed the COVID-19 positive cases in the Sri Lankan camp on Sunday hours before the first ODI in Dhaka. Though the match went ahead as scheduled, Nazmul Hasan has stressed the need to increase the bubble’s security.

Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan claimed they all followed the protocols and that nothing severe occurred to panic. He feels that, at times, people can test positive for the virus despite abiding by the guidelines; hence, he believes it’s crucial to ensure they carry out the testing abundantly.

Sri Lanka Happy With The Arrangements In Dhaka And Looking Forward To A Good Series: Team Manager

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka team manager Manuja Kariyapperuma also stressed that the tourists are happy with the arrangements in Dhaka and are hopeful of the series continuing without any further issues.

“The facilities offered to us are good, that is more than adequate, and we made use of the facilities that were afforded to us, and looking forward to a very good series,” Kariyapperuma said, as quoted by Cricbuzz.

Bangladesh won the first ODI on Sunday 33 runs to go 1-0 up in the 3-match series. Mushfiqur Rahim hit a match-winning 84 as Bangladesh posted 257 for 8 in their quota of 50 overs.

Bangladesh's wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim (L) plays a shot as Sri Lanka's captain Kusal Perera looks on during the first one-day international (ODI) cricket match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on 23 May 2021
Photo Credit: AFP.

Wanidu Hasaranga hit a valiant 74 while batting at No. 8 but it was not enough as Mehidy Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman picked up 7 wickets between them and helped Bangladesh bowl out Sri Lanka for 224.

Mustafizur Rahman. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Mustafizur Rahman. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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Mustafizur Rahman To Feature In IPL 2021 After BCB Gives Him NOC

Mustafizur Rahman, the Bangladesh pacer, is all set to feature in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League as the Bangladesh Cricket Board has given him a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to play in the tournament.

Rajasthan Royals had picked Mustafizur Rahman at his base price of INR 1 crore during the 2021 IPL players’ auction. The pacer has picked 24 scalps in as many IPL games averaging 28.54 playing 3 seasons- 2016, 2017(SunRisers Hyderabad), and 2018(Mumbai Indians).

Mustafizur Rahman was a key player for Sunrisers Hyderabad in title win. (Source: IPL)
Mustafizur Rahman was a key player for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the title win. (Source: IPL)

Mustafizur Rahman Was Given NOC For IPL As He Isn’t In BCB’s Test Plans For Sri Lanka Tour

BCB’s chief selector Minhajul Abedin confirmed the development and added that the board feels that Mustafizur Rahman should play in the tournament considering he is not included in their Test plans for the two-match series against Sri Lanka, scheduled next month.

“We have given him NOC for IPL as he is not in our Test plans for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka,” said Minhajul on Saturday. “It’s better if he plays there and gains some experience.”

Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman (Twitter)
Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman (Twitter)

BCB had reacted sharply when all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan who had been brought by KKR had opted to take part in the IPL at the expense of skipping the tour of Sri Lanka in April-end. There was a further rift with the board after Shakib Al Hasan insisted that he was misinterpreted. BCB threatened to reconsider his NOC before taking a U-turn on revoking his NOC for IPL and the all-rounder left for India on Saturday.

Mustafizur Rahman Was Ready To Skip IPL 2021 As His First Priority Is To Play For Bangladesh

After seeing the response of the board and the public outcry following Shakib Al Hasan’s plea to allow him to be a part of IPL, Mustafizur Rahman insisted that he was ready to skip the IPL 2021 if he was to be chosen to play against Sri Lanka.

“My first priority is to play for my country and if I am picked in the Test series against Sri Lanka, I will naturally play. If I am not picked then BCB will tell me that I am not included. At that point, if I am given NOC to play in the IPL then I will play but patriotism comes first for me,” said Mustafizur regarding his IPL plan.

Last year, BCB had denied NOC to Mustafizur Rahman as they had revealed plans to allow Bangladeshi players to take part in only two franchise-based T20 tournaments per year. However, the board eventually moved away from this stand and allowed Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman with the NOC to take part in the IPL 2021, at the expense of national duty, and according to the BCB president, in the forth-coming days, they won’t force anyone to play for the country.

Shakib Al Hasan (Twitter)
Shakib Al Hasan (Twitter)
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) upheld all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan’s No Objection Certificate (NOC) for the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). In the last few days, Shakib Al Hasan and BCB cricket operations chairman, Akram Khan, have been at loggerheads after the former chose to play in the upcoming IPL rather than the Test series against Sri Lanka which will start in the middle of IPL 2021.In the IPL, Shakib Al Hasan would be representing the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) after being picked for INR 3.2 crores in the auction back in February. Shakib Al Hasan played 63 matches scoring 746 runs at an average of 21.31 with two 50s and a high score of unbeaten 66 and taken 59 wickets averaging 28. He was released by KKR and was picked up by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2018 season after representing Kolkata Knight Riders from 2011 to 2017.

Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.
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Shakib Al Hasan’s NOC For IPL 2021 Upheld By BCB

Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh’s all-rounder stated that the BCB misinterpreted his letter for prioritizing the IPL and not playing the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) however upheld all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan’s No Objection Certificate (NOC) for the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). In the last few days, Shakib Al Hasan and BCB cricket operations chairman, Akram Khan, have been at loggerheads after the former chose to play in the upcoming IPL rather than the Test series against Sri Lanka which will start in the middle of IPL 2021.

Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Shakib Al Hasan Can Take Part In IPL According To NOC: Ismail Halder, BCB Director

In the IPL, Shakib Al Hasan would be representing the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) after being picked for INR 3.2 crores in the auction back in February. The BCB even thought of reconsidering his NOC for the tournament after the miscommunication between the board and the all-rounder.

Ismail Haider, the BCB Director, confirmed Shakib’s participation in the cash-rich league, starting on April 9. “NOC will remain as it is and he can go and take part in IPL,” the BCB Director said, reported by Cricbuzz.

Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan © Twitter

If reports are to be believed, Shakib Al Hasan is set to leave Bangladesh on March 28 to join his KKR teammates. The Magura-born has to undergo a seven-day quarantine period before joining his mates. The NOC is only valid until May 18 and he is expected to return for the Sri Lanka ODIs.

Shakib Al Hasan Wanted To Play In The IPL To Prepare For T20I World Cup

Earlier, Shakib Al Hasan cleared his stance, saying that he picked the IPL over the Tests in order to prepare for the upcoming T20 World Cup in India. The veteran mentioned that he wanted to garner enough experience which he will share with his national teammates.

“Continuously people are talking about this Test. The people who are saying that I will no longer play the Test or don’t want to play the Test haven’t read my letter properly and that is it,” Shakib said.

“I did not mention anywhere in my letter that I do not want to play Tests. I mentioned in my letter that I want to play in the IPL to prepare myself properly for World Cup (T20 World Cup) but despite that Akram Bhai has repeatedly said that I do not want to play Tests,” he added.

Shakib Al Hasan (Twitter)
Shakib Al Hasan (Twitter)

“I heard that he said that I didn’t read his letter. Perhaps I misunderstood his letter. He wants to play Tests, from what he has said. In the next couple of days, we will discuss his NOC. If he has an interest, he will play Tests in Sri Lanka,” Akram Khan had said earlier.

Shakib Al Hasan returns to KKR after being bought for a price of INR 3.20 crores. The 2021 IPL is set to get underway on April 9. He missed the 2020 edition on account of being banned for not reporting corrupt offences. Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Tests start on April 21.

Shakib Al Hasan played 63 matches scoring 746 runs at an average of 21.31 with two 50s and a high score of unbeaten 66 and taken 59 wickets averaging 28. He was released by KKR and was picked up by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2018 season after representing Kolkata Knight Riders from 2011 to 2017.

Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images
Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images
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Shakib Al Hasan’s IPL 2021 Participation In Doubt As Bangladesh Cricket Board Could Reconsider NOC

Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh’s all-rounder stated that the BCB misinterpreted his letter for prioritizing the IPL and not playing the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka. Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is likely to reconsider the No Objection Certificate (NOC) given to the spinner all-rounder for the 2021 edition of the IPL.

Thereafter, Nazmul Hasan Papon, the BCB chief, called an impromptu meeting at his residence. According to the letter, the Magura-born Shakib Al Hasan stated that he picked playing in the IPL in order to prepare for the upcoming T20 World Cup in India.

Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Shakib Al Hasan At The Loggerheads With BCB

Shakib Al Hasan has played 63 IPL matches scoring 746 runs and taking 59 scalps. He played for Kolkata Knight Riders from 2011 to 2017 before moving to SunRisers Hyderabad in 2018 and 2019. He returns to KKR after being bought for his base price at IPL 2021 auction.

Akram Khan, who is the BCB Cricket Operation chairman, didn’t sound happy with Bangladesh’s all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan’s statements. He added that the board will reconsider the clearance it gave to him for the IPL.

“What does it imply? If someone is saying that I don’t want to tour Sri Lanka, where we have two Tests, to prepare for the World Cup then what does it actually mean?” Akram questioned.

“I heard that he said that I didn’t read his letter. Perhaps I misunderstood his letter. He wants to play Tests, from what he has said. In the next couple of days, we will discuss his NOC. If he has an interest, he will play Tests in Sri Lanka,” Akram was quoted as saying in Cricbuzz.

Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan © Twitter

“I did not mention anywhere in my letter that I do not want to play Tests. I mentioned in my letter that I want to play in the IPL to prepare myself properly for World Cup (T20 World Cup) but despite that Akram Bhai (BCB cricket operation chairman) has repeatedly said that I do not want to play Tests,” Shakib had said.

It’s also been learned that the BCB’s top authorities were thinking of slapping him with a ban or even banning him for his code of conduct. The board directors are due to have another meeting surrounding the matter.

Shakib Al Hasan Was Picked By Kolkata Knight Riders In IPL 2021

The 2021 IPL is set to get underway on April 9. After missing the 2020 edition on account of being banned for not reporting corrupt offences, Shakib Al Hasan was picked by the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for a price of INR 3.20 crores. Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Tests start on April 21.

Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/GettyImages)

Shakib Al Hasan is currently on paternity leave and a few days back he became the father of a baby boy with his wife Umme Ahmed Shishir. Shakib Al Hasan also stated that his decision to play in the IPL was based around the preparations for the T20 World Cup in India later in 2021. He mentioned that by playing the IPL, he can garner desired experience and help his teammates out.

Earlier, Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan had received a two-year ban after failing to report corrupt approaches from a bookie. The International Cricket Council (ICC) banned Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan from all cricket for two years, with one year of that suspended, after he accepted three charges of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code. The ban came into effect on 29 October 2019, and he was able to resume cricket on 29th October 2020. He played only 3 IPL games for SRH in 2019.

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Nazmul Hassan. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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BCB Supremo Nazmul Hassan Disagrees Over Sri Lanka Cricket’s 14-Day Quarantine Prerequisite

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hassan Papon has vehemently opposed the condition of 14-day quarantine condition set by Sri Lanka Cricket, of late ahead of Bangladesh’s tour of the island nation.

This disagreement took place after SLC has extended the quarantine requirement from seven days to two weeks. Papon had made it clear that the Bangladesh players would find it difficult to remain restricted to their hotel rooms for a fortnight.

“Their term and conditions are unique even for countries which have already hosted cricket during this pandemic,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Nazmul Hassan Papon as saying.

Bangladesh is set to face Sri Lanka for the three-match Test series which is scheduled to begin at the fag end of October. The upcoming Test series is the part of the ICC World Test Championship.

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The Bangladesh head Papon further reiterated that rest of the hosting countries have set a seven-day condition for the quarantine period before players will be allowed to train on the ground.

It is not child’s play: Nazmul Hassan on quarantine

Nazmul Hassan went on to say that they can’t play such major event while being informed that visiting team can’t venture out of their rooms after landing in Sri Lanka. He has termed the conditions harsh and added that it is not an easy task to be accomplished.

Hassan, who attended an immediate meeting in Dhaka, was flanked by many senior officials.

“At least [other countries] are allowing training after seven days of quarantine but SLC has informed us that our group cannot even get out [of their hotel rooms] for food for 14 days. It is not child’s play. A team cannot play in the World Test Championship in this way,” Papon added.

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Given to the schedule, Bangladesh team was set to leave for Colombo on September 27. The first Test fixture is scheduled to begin on October 23. However, it remains to be seen how SLC will respond to the disagreement from the BCB.

Well, COVID-19 protocols had pushed countries to make drastic changes including of holding a sporting event.

Moreover, it is set to be the first major series for Bangladesh and Sri Lanka since the coronavirus-triggered lockdown across the globe which had affected cricket too.

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Bangladesh Under-19 Player Test COVID-19 Positive Ahead Of The Training Camp

Bangladesh Under-19 cricketer Iftekhar Hossain has tested positive of the coronavirus ahead of the training camp which begins on August 23 in BKSP. He was among the second batch of 15 players who were tested at the Shere Bangla National Stadium‘s academy building on Monday. Only Hossain’s COVID-19 test result came out as positive. 

Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB) game development manager MA Kaysar informed that Hossain has been sent under isolation period and the board’s medical team will closely monitor him during the time. 

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Bangladesh U-19 team. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“We have had one positive case, and his name is Iftekhar Hossain. He will now be in isolation under the BCB’s medical protocol. He is healthy but he is being closely monitored,” BCB’s game development manager MA Kaysar said as quoted by ESPNCricinfo. 

“We will provide him with everything during his isolation and the next course of action will be decided by the BCB’s medical team.

Bangladesh’s first batch of player training in BSKP: 

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Bangladesh team. Image Credit: Getty Images.

The first batch of 15 players was tested on August 16 and all the results were negative. So, they were sent for the practice session in BSKP. And the second batch, except Hossain, has also been sent for the one-month long training camp there. 

“The first batch of 15 players arrived at the academy on August 15, were tested the following day, and when all were found negative, were sent to BKSP, the sports institute situated 36km from Mirpur. The same plan was followed for the second batch, except Hossain.”

Meanwhile, the Bangladesh team has been scheduled to play bilateral series against Sri Lanka later this year amid coronavirus scare. As reported, the Tigers will tour Lanka to play the three-match Test and T20I series. The visitors will have to follow a 14-days mandatory quarantine period there ahead of the series. 

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