Shakib and Mustafizur will not play in second part of IPL 2021
By Sudev Haldar
on Tue Jun 01 2021
Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and bowler Mustafizur Rahman will not play in second part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has finally managed to find a suitable window to host the remaining matches of the 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). After the BCCI Special General Meeting, it was announced that the remaining matches will be held in the UAE. Cricket fans are still waiting for the announcement of dates.
According to media reports, the Indian board can organize the tournament in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 19 September to 10 October just before the ICC T20 World Cup. IPL 2021 had to be postponed to May 4, after the COVID-19 report from several players and support staff members came back positive. So far 29 matches out of 60 have been organized. However, during the remaining matches of the IPL in the UAE, some franchises may miss their key players.
The international calendar of all cricket teams is fully packed. In such a situation, many star players will not be seen playing in the remaining matches of IPL. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has already indicated that English players will not participate in the UAE phase of IPL 2021. However, BCCI officials are in talks with the ECB.
After hosting India for a five-match Test tour, England have to tour Bangladesh and Pakistan for a limited overs series. Now, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has also made it clear that they will not provide NOC to Bangladesh players to participate in IPL. In such a situation, Bangladeshi players Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman will not be available for the second phase of IPL 2021. Shakib KKR and Rahman play in the IPL for Rajasthan Royals. BCB President Najmul Hasan Papon has confirmed that Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman will not be given NOC to participate in IPL 2021.
Both Rahman and Shakib played in the first half of IPL 2021 as the BCB provided them the NOC till 18 May. This was done to ensure that both players return home in time for the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka. In September, Bangladesh will host England in Dhaka for three One Day Internationals, followed by several T20 Internationals.