Shakib to skip PSL for DPL T20
Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is set to play in the Dhaka Premier League (DPL) T20 this year, skipping Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Shakib was picked by Lahore Qalandars from Platinum category in the overseas replacement draft. His countrymen Mahmudullah Riyad and Liton Das were also roped in by Multan Sultans and Karachi Kings.
The PSL was postponed in midstage due to virus outbreak and is likely to resume in June, either in Pakistan or the UAE.
The all-rounder is likely to take field for Mohammedan Sporting Club, a prominent Dhaka-based club, in the DPL.
“We have submitted a letter signed by Shakib to CCDM that says he is keen to take part in the competition for us,” Tarikul Islam Tito, a top Mohammedan official told Cricbuzz.
“He will not play in the PSL and instead opted to be part of our team in DPL. He is a free player because he was not part of the 2019-20 DPL due to his ban and now as he is eligible to take part and we have shown our keenness to take him in our side. BCB is yet to grant him for us but we hope to get the permission soon,” he said.
12-team DPL will return to field after last year’s postponement due to COVID-19. Usually a one-day tournament, the format has been changed to T20, and six matches per day will be played across three venues.
A second wave of coronavirus in Bangladesh had pushed resumption of DPL to May 31, which is right after Bangladesh’s ODI series against Sri Lanka.
Shakib has played the Bangabandhu T20 Cup for Gemcon Khulna, the home series against West Indies, and represented Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL after completing an ICC ban.