BCB’s President ‘Disappointed’ With Shakib Al Hasan’s Request To Play In The IPL

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Shakib Al Hasan

Shakib Al Hasan has seemingly upset the president of the Bangladesh Cricket Board with his request to feature in the IPL instead of Bangladesh. BCB’s president Nazmul Hassan is ‘disappointed’ with Shakib Al Hasan lack of motivation to represent his country in the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka.

BCB sets new rules in Bangladeshi player’s contract

The all-rounder’s action has forced the BCB to set up a new set of rules in the Bangladeshi players’ contract, in which they will have to mention their availability in their annual contracts from this year. President Hassan stated that the Bangladeshi players will now only be allowed to play in franchise-based competitions once they sign the central contract. In the contract, it will be clearly mentioned which player wants to be part of which format.

“We will enter into a new contract with the players (for 2021),” Hassan said. “It will be mentioned clearly who wants to play which format. They have to inform us. If they have any other engagement, they have to be clear about their availability. It is very open. Previously, it depended on individuals but now we are confirming it in writing so that nobody can say that they haven’t been allowed or we kept them forcefully.”

Hassan stated that the BCB didn’t wish to force Shakib into opting for Bangladesh instead of playing in the IPL. “When someone says I don’t want to play the next Test and play in a franchise T20 league, it becomes very clear that we can’t do much with them.”

BCB President Nazmul Hassan 

“Couldn’t we have stopped Shakib from going (to the IPL)? He may have played but we don’t want that,” Hassan said. “We want only those to play, who really love the game. We have tried to keep him interested. When Shakib had declined to play Tests three years ago, we made him the captain.

“I didn’t like the timing of it. He was among the players I expected would take charge of the difficult situation. It was disappointing.

“We have lost against Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and West Indies. Especially after losing to West Indies at home, I would have imagined everyone being desperate to play the next Test series. But when someone says I don’t want to play the next Test and play in a franchise T20 league, it becomes very clear that we can’t do much with them.”

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