The Bangladesh Cricket Board hinted that ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is unlikely to get a no-objection certificate for the upcoming Caribbean Premier League. Shakib returned to Jamaica Tallawahs, a franchise he represented in 2016 and 2017 where he won the title in his first stint, for the forthcoming edition of CPL.
However, Bangladesh is expected to have a busy schedule at that point considering they are expected to host Australia with England and New Zealand scheduled to follow.
BCB cricket operation chairman Akram Khan told Cricbuzz on Saturday (May 28) that although they have not taken any decision in this regard, they are expecting to field a full strength team for those matches. “We have not taken any decision about it (NOC for CPL). When the time comes we can take a decision in this regard,” he said. “We certainly want to play against them with our full strength squad.”
Going forward however, Akram’s wish might not get granted unlike the previous occasions considering the BCB is expected to add a few new clauses in the contracts for the national cricketers. Cricbuzz understands that the players will be given an option to state their availability for the national team and inform the board beforehand about their commitments to different franchise based tournaments.
The decision to include this clause cropped up after Shakib decided to skip the Sri Lanka tour to make him available for the Indian Premier League. BCB president Nazmul Hasan insisted that they will add this clause in their next central contract so that they don’t panic at the last minute.
Meanwhile, Shakib on Saturday admitted about his lack of form during the recently-concluded ODI series against Sri Lanka but vowed not to replicate the same mistakes going ahead. Shakib looked a pale shadow of his former self with the bat at his favourite number three position registering scores of 15, 0 and 4.
“Of course, my expectations weren’t fulfilled during the series. But I have to ensure that these things won’t happen next and it’s very important,” Shakib told reporters at a city hotel during a jersey launching ceremony of Mohammedan Sporting Club for the upcoming Dhaka Premier League. Shakib recently decided to skip the Pakistan Super League in order to play the DPL.