Reason why Soumya-Mithun not granted NOC to play APL

The first edition of the Afghanistan Premier League (APL), a brand new franchise-based T20 tournament, saw its curtained raised Friday in the UAE, but certainly it will miss the presence of Bangladeshi batsmen Mohammad Mithun and Soumya Sarkar. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ যেকারণে এপিএলে খেলার অনুমতি পাননি সৌম্য-মিঠুন]

Reason why Soumya-Mithun not granted NOC to play APL
Akram defends BCB’s decision to not let Soumya and Mithun play in the APL T20.

Both Mithun and Soumya had been drafted in the same team Kandahar Knights, alongside another Bangladeshi recruit in the form of pacer Taskin Ahmed. But while Taskin was successfully granted the No Objection Certificate (NOC) and already flew to the UAE a couple of days back, the same did not happen with the batsmen duo.

BCB cricket operations chairman, Akram Khan, confirmed the matter of Mithun and Soumya not obtaining the NOC and hence missing the tournament on Friday.

According to Akram, national commitment is the reason as to why Mithun and Soumya were not given a nod from the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to partake in the lucrative tournament. He said, “Keeping in mind the busy time our national team is going to have with two home series impending, we opted not to provide Mithun and Soumya with the NOC.”

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However, Akram also had his reasons for letting Taskin play in the APL. “He (Taskin) is a fast bowler. Moreover he suffered an injury for a long time, and has just got fit. So let’s see how well can he fare over there. Maybe he too will have to cut short his stint and come back after playing one or two matches.”

To be noted, Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal and wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim were earlier roped in by Nangarhar from the players’ draft held in September. But because of injury issues, they both had no choice but give the tournament a miss. Tamim has been carrying a fractured finger while Mushfiq has been recovering from a sprained rib.

Despite not showing any initial interest in Taskin, Mithun or Soumya, Kandahar Knights roped them later on. The Knights will will start their APL campaign Saturday taking on Nangarhar Leopards at Sharjah.

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