“Shakib has given us a letter indicating that he would like to skip the series against Sri Lanka to play in the IPL. We have accepted his call because we don’t want to force someone who is reluctant,” he told the AFP Akram Khan, President of BCB Operations.
Shakib was chosen by Kolkata Knight Riders for 32 million rupees ($ 441,304) at an auction held in Chennai on Thursday for the next IPL starting in April.
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It has become more and more common for players to miss their international homework to play in the lucrative IPL Twenty20 tournament.
England for example could do without Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler and others for the start of New Zealand’s tour of England in June.
Bangladesh are set to travel to Sri Lanka in April and May for a series of tests, before replaying them at home in a three-match day-long international series soon after.
The series was originally slated for late 2020 in Sri Lanka, but was delayed after the two sides failed to agree on the length of the quarantine period for visiting players.
Bangladesh has already granted Shakib permission to skip the next One Day International Series and next month’s Twenty20 in New Zealand to be with his pregnant wife in the United States.
In January, Shakib returned to international cricket to face the visiting West Indies, after serving a one-year ban for failing to report several corrupt approaches.
He became a Series Player on his return to the One Day International Series, but was only able to play part of the Test Series due to a thigh injury he sustained during the first Test in Chittagong.