A “patriotic” Mustafizur Rahman said on Tuesday he was ready to skip the next Indian Premier League for his national duties and be available for next month’s test series against Sri Lanka if he is chosen in the squad .
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has allowed its players, including Mustafizur, to compete in the IPL, although the lucrative T20 league is likely to clash with their international assignments. But the left arm stimulator, which was taken over by the Rajasthan Royals for Rs 1 crore, decided to prioritize national duty.
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“I will do what BCB asks me to do. If they keep me on the test team (for the Sri Lanka tour) then I will play the tests and if they (BCB) don’t keep me on the test they know what I should. do, ” Mustafizur told reporters before leaving for New Zealand.
“My first priority is to play for my country and if I am chosen in the Test series against Sri Lanka I will play naturally. If I am not chosen BCB will tell me that I am not included. At this point if I am given NOC to play in the IPL and then I will play but patriotism comes first for me. “
The BCB has already given NOC to versatile Shakib Al Hasan, who will be running for Kolkata Knight Riders at the next IPL, and are waiting for Mustafizur to request permission.
The test series in Sri Lanka will be followed by a three-game ODI series in May but the fixtures are not yet finalized.