Shakib claimed on Sunday (March 21) that the BCB had “misrepresented” its decision to play in the 2021 IPL in a test series against Sri Lanka at the expense of the national team’s service.
Akram Khan, chairman of the BCB cricket division, who spoke shortly after a meeting at the residence of chairman Nazmul Hassan in Dhaka, said discussions about Shakib’s NOC will be happening in the next few days.
“I heard he said I hadn’t read his letter,” said Khan.
“Maybe I misunderstood his letter. He wants to play tests, like he said. In the next few days we will discuss his NOC. If he is interested, he will play tests in Sri Lanka. We will decide on that after you heard the whole interview, “he was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.com.
Khan said the cricketer clearly mentioned in Shakib’s letter that he had withdrawn from the Sri Lanka series to play in the IPL.
“Shakib wrote in the letter that he would like to play the IPL instead of the Sri Lanka test series,” he said.
With Bangladesh not competing in the Test World Cup, Shakib, who will represent Kolkata Knight Riders in the cash-rich T20 tournament, had said it made more sense to go to the IPL as it would help him get better at that prepare for the next T20 World Championship, which will be held in India later this year.
Naimur Rahman, former Bangladesh captain and chairman of the high-performance program, said Shakib’s comments came as a surprise.
“Over the past five years some of our U19 cricketers have come through the HP to play for the senior team,” said Rahman.
“You recently defeated the Irish Wolves. So that’s a surprising comment. I don’t know if there is anything behind this.”
“He also talked about respecting players. So did he respect the former cricketers on the board?” he said.
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