Bangladesh bars Mustafiz, Shakib from playing IPL in UAE

Bangladesh Cricket Board has not issued the NOC to fast-bowler Mustafizur Rahman and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan to join their respective teams in the IPL 2021.

The league will resume in September in Dubai after the coronavirus situation became critical in India. The Bangladesh duo has been held back by the cricket board president Nazmul Hassan due to the country’s international commitments.

The BCB president affirmed that it is important for the side to prepare for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup that will take place in October in India.

Meanwhile, Shakib and Mustafizur, who represent Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals respectively haven’t yet commented on the matter.

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During the time IPL completes its remaining 31 games from September till early October, Bangladesh will be playing white-ball series against Australia, New Zealand and England.

The Asian country isn’t the only team that has showed reluctance in allowing its players to appear in the IPL. England Cricket Board has made it clear that no Englishmen will be seen in action in the UAE.

Meanwhile, Cricket Australia is expected to come up with a similar announcement considering a hectic schedule in the international arena this year.