Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has imposed restrictions on its contracted players to play in overseas leagues. A contracted player will be allowed only to No Objection Certificates (NOC) per year.
The players have been informed about the new restrictions. The board wants its players to participate in first-class tournament. National team players are nowadays rarely seen in NCL or BCL. While the likes of Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal enjoy themselves in foreign T20 leagues.
“It is a principled, policy decision of the board. We will allow two NOCs per year. It will be on a case-by-case basis and it is with immediate effect. We want to give them enough rest and manage their injuries. We want to ensure all our players are available for international matches,” BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury informed.
On the contrary, Cricketers Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB) is against this decision.
“This cannot happen and this doesn’t happen anywhere in the world. It is being forced on the players. They are simply being deprived. We were not informed about it. We will definitely have to talk about it with the players,” said CWAB secretary Debbrata Paul.
Apart from Shakib and Tamim, fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman and all-rounder Mahmudullah Riyad are also getting call-ups in luxurious T20 leagues. All these four mentioned players have been picked for PSL 2017.
It is learnt that BCB wants the players to have rest and stay away from injuries. Shakib, one of the best Test all-rounders off current time, had opted a six-month break from the longer-version cricket.
This year, Shakib participated in PSL, IPL and CPL. Tamim took part in PSL and played a three-match T20I series for World XI in Pakistan. Mahmudullah played in PSL and CPL. Mustafizur played only one match and remained benched for the rest of the tournament. Shakib, Tamim and Mustafizur are expected to take part in a T10 league in December.
None of the contracted players have yet spoken about this decision.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com