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No point in boycotting IPL or any other leagues: Shakib

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  • 31 July, 2022 12:00 AM
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No point in boycotting IPL or any other leagues: Shakib

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan believes that there is no point in boycotting the Indian Premier League or other franchise-based T20 tournaments as it helps a lot in developing cricketers.

Shakib along with Bangladesh actor Shakib Khan attended a programme ‘Meet and Greet with the world superstar Shakib Al Hasan and Dallywood king Shakib Khan’ in New York, USA on Friday where he shared his view after a fan asked him about boycotting IPL.

Shakib failed to feature in the last edition of IPL after he was unpicked during the players’ auction but he is likely to represent Guyana Amazon Warriors in the upcoming Caribbean Premier League after the Asia Cup.

“Look there is less room for emotion (in the professional world) as you can’t consider everything with emotions. IPL is such a platform where players from all over the world want to play the tournament.”Shakib said on Friday during the programme.

“Playing here (in the IPL) is always a great opportunity for the players and the experience you gain playing there is a big thing.

“I didn’t play games ahead of the 2019 World Cup and I had to sit on the bench for the entire one and half months but while staying there I learned how to become the best in the world by watching the likes of Jonny Bairstow, Rashid Khan, David Warner, Kane Williamson and others,” he said, pointing his fingers during his stint with Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2019 ahead of the ICC World Cup, where he came up with exceptional performance.

“Just by being in the same team as them, I realised why they rule the world cricket and had I not been in the IPL, I would not have known that.

“I think IPL helped me a lot and I got the result during the 2019 World Cup. Whether it’s the IPL or CPL, it’s very important and the amount of experience I gain eventually benefits Bangladesh cricket. Not just IPL, there is no point in boycotting any other leagues,” he concluded.