Bangladesh to amend contracts after Shakib Al Hasan skips testing for IPL

Bangladesh board chief Nazmul Hassan said players will need to specify the formats for which they will be available under a new clause in their contracts following Shakib Al Hasan’s decision to skip a series of home tests to play in the Indian Premier League.

Kolkata Knight Riders bought the versatile Shakib for 32 million Indian rupees ($ 441,940) on Thursday for this year’s IPL, which is scheduled to start in mid-April.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) reluctantly allowed the 33-year-old to miss a two-test run against Sri Lanka in the same month, but in the future they want his contracted players to be clear on their availability for national teams.

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“We will enter into a new contact with the players,” BCB president Hassan told local media.

“We will clearly mention who wants to play which format. If they have another engagement, they must be clear about their availability.

“We confirm this in writing, so that no one can say that they were not authorized or that we forcibly kept them.”

Shakib, who returned to the national organization last month after serving a year-long ban for failing to report corrupt approaches, has been selective in playing test matches in recent times.

Hassan said that while the BCB were disappointed, they didn’t want to force anyone to play.

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“Couldn’t we have stopped Shakib from going (to the IPL)? He might have played but we don’t want that,” he said.

“We only want those who play, who really like the game. We tried to keep him interested. When Shakib refused to play tests three years ago, we made him captain.

“I didn’t like the timing. He was one of the players I thought would take care of the difficult situation. It was disappointing.”

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