Three Bangladesh players turn down CPL offer

The upcoming edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is set to start on August 18. Bangladesh’s three key players Mustafizur Rahman, Mahmudullah and Tamim Iqbal all have turned down the offers from the tournament.

It has been almost four months since Bangladesh players have been out of the field due to the coronavirus pandemic. Some of the players got a golden opportunity to come back on the field next month through the CPL. However, Bangladesh ODI captain Tamim Iqbal, T20I captain Mahmudullah and pacer Mustafizur Rahman have turned down their respective offers.

The trio felt it won’t be wise decision to travel to West Indies in this difficult situation. The newly appointed ODI captain Tamim also said he turned the offer for his commitment in Dhaka Premier League.

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“I decided not to take the offer firstly because of my commitment in Dhaka Premier League. The tournament is suspended but as you know we all are waiting for it to resume which can happen any time,” Tamim told Dhaka Tribune.

Bangladesh’s domestic cricket was last played on March this year and it is still unknown when the tournament will resume again. Discussions between Bangladesh Cricket Board [BCB], Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis [CCDM] and the players are going on to get the tournament back to the field.

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Tamim also pointed out the fact it will be difficult to travel in this situation and thinking about his family, he is not willing to take a risk at this point.

“And then there is also the issue with travelling. Due to the Covid-19 there is travel restriction and route to West Indies is very long. Say I make it to the islands but there is an emergency in my family, I will not be able to return easy. I do not want to take that chance,” he added.

Both Tamim and Mahmudullah have played earlier in CPL. The left-handed batsman played the tournament in 2013 featuring for St Lucia Zouks. He played seven matches and scored 162 with highest score of 75.  On the other hand, Mahmudullah played in 2017 for Jamaica Tallawahs and played five matches. However, Mustafizur is yet to play in this tournament.

The six-team tournament is scheduled to start from August 18 and end on September 10.

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