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Shakib, Fizz likely to get NOC for IPL

Bangladesh-England series rescheduled

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 4 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and pacer Mustafizur Rahman are likely to get a no-objection certificate from Bangladesh Cricket Board to play the remainder of the 2021 Indian Premier League after their home series against England was rescheduled.

Bangladesh Cricket Board and England and Wales Cricket Board on Tuesday mutually agreed to reschedule England’s planned tour of Bangladesh from September-October this year to March 2023.

The Three Lions were scheduled to play three ODIs and three T20 internationals in Bangladesh and according to the new itinerary confirmed by both the boards, England will now tour Bangladesh in the first two weeks of March 2023 to play the matches in Dhaka and Chattogram respectively.

The ODI series will be part of the ICC Super League which will determine the top seven teams along with the hosts India to qualify directly to the main event of the 2023 ICC World Cup. 

The rescheduling of the series has opened the door for the Bangladeshi duo Shakib and Mustafizur to make them available for the IPL, scheduled to resume in UAE from September 19.

“If they apply and if we don’t have any international commitment they can go and take part in IPL,” BCB Cricket Operation Chairman Akram Khan told The Daily Sun.

“We are yet to receive any official letter from them (Shakib and Mustafizur) in this regard and if we get that then the board will make a decision,” he added.

BCB earlier stated that they won’t give a NOC to their cricketers to take part in the remainder of the IPL as they were expected to be engaged with the national team for several home series ahead of ICC World T20 in UAE and Oman respectively in October-November.

Bangladesh are currently hosting Australia for a five-match T20I series while they are also scheduled to host New Zealand next month for the same number of T20I matches.

As the Bangladesh-England series has been rescheduled, now the English players can also take part in the remainder of IPL.

Both Shakib and Mustafizur had dissimilar outings in the first phase of IPL as Shakib, who could only play three matches for Kolkata Knight Riders, scored 38 runs and picked up only two wickets.

Mustafizur, on the other hand, was part of all seven matches of Rajasthan Royals and took eight wickets for his side.