The versatile Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Shakib-Al-Hasan, spoke about his decision to choose the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) over the Sri Lanka-Bangladesh test series in a letter written to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
Shakib-Al-Hasan returns to his first IPL franchise in Kolkata Knight Riders, who bought it at the 2021 IPL auction after being released by Sunrisers Hyderabad ahead of IPL 2020, as it was banned for a year by the CPI. He chose to star in the 2021 IPL, writing a letter to the BCB, saying he will miss the next round of testing in Sri Lanka.
I want to play in the IPL to properly prepare for the T20 World Cup: Shakib Al Hasan
Regarding the selection of IPL during testing, Shakib said his decision was clearly misunderstood by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). He added that Akram Khan, the chairman of the BCB cricket operation, was not relaying the correct information to the media.
“People keep talking about this Test (skipping the series against Sri Lanka). The people who say that I will not take the test again or that I do not want to take the test have not read my letter correctly and that is it, “ Shakib was quoted as saying on Cricfrenzy.
“I didn’t mention anywhere in my letter that I didn’t want to play the tests. I mentioned in my letter that I wanted to play in the IPL to properly prepare for the World Cup (T20 World Cup), but despite this Akram Bhai repeatedly said that I did not want to play the tests , “ he stated.
Shakib thanked BCB President Nazmul Hasan Papon for giving him permission to play in the IPL 2021. Shakib is currently on paternity leave and a few days ago he fathered a little boy with his Umme Ahmed Shishir wife.
Shakib added that by playing in the IPL he can gain the desired experience and help his teammates as the 2021 T20 World Cup will also be played in India in October-November.
“During the IPL season, I wanted time to better prepare myself. The field I will play IPL on now will be the field where I will play the World Cup game after four months. The players with whom I will play the IPL will be the players against whom I will play in the World Cup ”, Shakib added.
IPL 2021 begins on April 9 and will be played in six cities.