IPL 2021 Phase 2: More pullout by foreign players, BCB says Shakib Al Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman unlikely to get NOC for IPL

IPL 2021 Phase 2: Both Rahman and Shakib played in the first half of IPL 2021 as BCB provided them with a NOC till May 18.
IPL 2021 Phase 2: Both Rahman and Shakib played in the first half of IPL 2021 as BCB provided them with a NOC till May 18.

IPL 2021 Phase 2 – No NOC for Shakib & Mustafuzur: Bangladesh stars Mustafizur Rahman (Rajasthan Royals) and Shakib Al Hasan (Kolkata Knight Riders) looks unlikely to feature in IPL 2021 Phase 2 scheduled for September in UAE.

“It is almost impossible to provide NOC (for IPL) considering our international commitments. I don’t see any chance of giving it (NOC) to them. We have the (T20) world cup coming up and now every match is important,” BCB President Nazmul Hassan was quoted saying by Ekkator TV, a private news channel in Bangladesh.

IPL 2021 Phase 2: More pullout by foreign players, BCB says Shakib Al Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman unlikely to get NOC for IPL

In September, Bangladesh is scheduled to host England in Dhaka for three One Day Internationals followed by as many T20 Internationals.

Both the players played in the first half of IPL 2021 as BCB provided them with a NOC till May 18. This was done to ensure that both the players are back at home in time for the three-match One Day series against Sri Lanka. In September, Bangladesh is scheduled to host England in Dhaka for three One Day Internationals followed by as many T20 Internationals.

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Now, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has also made it clear that they won’t be providing a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to the Bangladesh players to participate in the IPL.

Speaking about the remaining IPL 2021, Bangladesh Cricket Board President (BCB) Nazmul Hassan stated as quoted by bdcrictime, “Shakib has no chance of playing the remaining IPL matches because England will be touring Bangladesh for a series at that time. He won’t be getting NOC.”

The BCC has finally managed to find a suitable window for hosting the remaining matches of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). It is learned that the Indian board can conduct the tournament from September 19 to October 10 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), just before the ICC T20 World Cup.

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Notably, the T20 extravaganza was suspended for an indefinite time on May 4 after hosting just 29 games as some players and support staff members returned positive Covid-19 results.

All the national cricket teams have a jam-packed international calendar and many cricket boards are unlikely to meddle with their schedule to make space for IPL 2021. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has already hinted towards the non-participation of the English players in the UAE leg of IPL 2021. England is supposed to tour Bangladesh and Pakistan for a limited-over series after hosting India for a five-match Test tour.

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