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No IPL at the expense of nat’l duty: BCB boss

BCB will allow players during free time

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 24 March, 2023 12:00 AM
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The Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan Papon said on Thursday that the national trio - Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Das and Mustafizur Rahman - are unlikely to get a no-objection certificate for playing in the upcoming Indian Premier League at the expense of their national duties.

Before the IPL auction, it was reported that the BCB informed the BCCI regarding the availability of their cricketers and according to the email, Bangladesh players selected for the Ireland series, will take part in the IPL for a limited time - from April 9 to May 1.
 The BCB decided to release their cricketers for a free time slot keeping their both home and away series against Ireland in mind. Ireland are currently touring Bangladesh for a full-fledged bilateral series comprising three ODIs, three T20Is and a Test.
Following the series, Bangladesh will travel to England in the first week of May for a three-match ODI series against the Irish team, which is also part of the ICC World Cup Super League.
Some BCB officials recently stated that the IPL-bound national cricketers applied for a no-objection certificate to play in the IPL at the expense of a one-match Test series against Ireland and a decision in this regard would be taken after the BCB boss arrived from abroad.
Nazmul on Thursday confirmed that they haven’t changed their previous stance regarding allowing their players to participate in the IPL and these players will only feature during their free time.
“Look when they were put up in the auction, before that they (BCCI) wanted to know when they would be available and we informed them at that time. It’s simple and if there is any change, we will let you know. I don’t think there is any change in that and it still remains the same way.
“I don’t think there is any other option (like skipping national commitment)…we are still sticking with that decision,” he concluded.