BCB won’t restrict Mustafizur to play IPL
Mustafizur Rahman will receive the same treatment as Shakib Al Hasan did from BCB on playing IPL.
Shakib was granted leave to play IPL 2021 at the same time when Bangladesh will be playing two Test matches in Sri Lanka. He was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders, his former team, at a price of 3.2 crore Indian rupees at the auction.
Mustafizur was the other Bangladeshi to get a team – at base price 1 crore by Rajasthan Royals.
Given that his fitness and previous performances, the Fizz may still not be the first choice in Tests which opens the door for him to fly to India to play the most lucrative T20 league.
Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan Papon has said the left-arm pacer can be let go, “Mustafiz came to meet me and asked me whether he should go to play the IPL. I told him, “Look, I don’t have anything to say about this. If you want to go there, give us a letter. We will not stop you.” Our message is clear for everyone. It’s totally personal [choosing to play franchise cricket over national team]. This is for everyone, not just for Shakib.”
Mustafizur played for Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians previously. If he goes to join the team of David Miller, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer, this will be the third team he will play for.
Country vs IPL has been a debatable topic over the years, especially when there is a clash with international and IPL fixtures. Players from England and New Zealand will be allowed to skip national duties and so will be the case for Bangladesh.