Shakib Al Hasan’s participation in IPL 2021 is questionable; BCB could reconsider versatile NOC

Earlier, Nazmul Hasan Papon, the head of the BCB, called an impromptu meeting at his residence.

Shakib Al Hasan. (Photo source: Twitter)

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is likely to reconsider the Certificate of No Objection (NOC) given to Shakib Al Hasan for the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Earlier, Shakib said the BCB misinterpreted his letter to prioritize the IPL over playing the Test Series against Sri Lanka.

Afterwards, Nazmul Hasan Papon, the head of the BCB, called an impromptu meeting at his residence. According to the letter, Magura-born Shakib said he chose to play in the IPL in order to prepare for the next T20 World Cup in India.

Akram Khan, the chairman of BCB Cricket Operation, did not seem satisfied with Shakib’s statements. He added that the board will reconsider the authorization he gave Shakib for the IPL.

Shakib Al Hasan grappling with BCB

“What does this imply? If someone says I don’t want to visit Sri Lanka, where we have two tests, to prepare for the World Cup, what does that really mean? Akram asked.

“I heard he said I hadn’t read his letter. Maybe I misunderstood his letter. He wants to play the tests, from what he said. In the next few days, we will be discussing his NOC. If he’s interested, he’ll play Tests in Sri Lanka, ”Akram told Cricbuzz.

“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 (president of the BCB cricket operation) has repeated over and over that I didn’t want to play the tests, ”Shakib had said.

It was also learned that the who’s who at BCB were considering slapping Shakib with a ban or even banning him for his code of conduct. The board trustees are to hold another meeting around the issue.

IPL 2021 is scheduled to start on April 9. After missing the 2020 edition due to its ban, Shakib was chosen by the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for a price of INR 3.20 crore. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s testing begins on April 21.

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