IPL 2021 Phase 2: Good News for KKR & RR as Shakib Al Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman set to get NOC by BCB – Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and pacer Mustafizur Rahman are all set to get a no-objection certificate from Bangladesh Cricket Board to play in IPL 2021 phase 2. Shakib plays for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) while Mustafizur represents Rajasthan Royals. Bangladesh postponed the home series against England which lead to players getting NOC for the cash-rich league scheduled for September 17.
”Yes, if they apply and if we don’t have any international commitment they can go and take part in IPL. We are yet to receive any official letter from them in this regard and if we get that, board will take a decision,” BCB cricket operation chairman Akram Khan told Cricbuzz on Tuesday.
Earlier, BCB has said that Shakib al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman will not be given NOCs to play in IPL 2021 phase 2 as they will be with the national team for the preparation of the ICC T20 World Cup scheduled later this year. But as England’s tour of Bangladesh was postponed to March 2023, it paved a way for the duo to feature in IPL 2021 phase 2.
England’s Men’s planned tour of Bangladesh, which was due to take place in September and October, will now take place in March 2023, it has been confirmed. The England and Wales Cricket Board and the Bangladesh Cricket Board have mutually decided to reschedule the tour, which includes three One Day Internationals and three T20 internationals.
The tour is planned to take place in the first two weeks of March 2023, with three ODIs and three T20Is due to take place at the SBNCS, Dhaka, and the ZACS, in Chattogram, the ECB said in a release.
Big Relief for Rajasthan Royals
With Ben Stokes and Joffra Archer already out of the IPL 2021 phase 2, it was really important for Rajasthan Royals that Mustafizur Rahman plays the remaining half of the league. Rajasthan Royals are ranked 5th in the points table of IPL 2021, if they are to make it in the top four then Rahman will have to put his best foot forward.
Mustafizur Rahman in IPL 2021
Matches – 7
Wickets – 8
Economy – 8.29
SR – 20.25
While on the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders will want Shakib al Hasan to deliver in phase 2 as he was out of form in phase 1 of IPL 2021. He could only score 38 runs in three games and picked up just two wickets. Now in the absence of many key players, Shakib has a chance to redeem himself.