IPL 2021: Shakib Al Hasan to skip Sri Lanka Tests to play in Indian Premier League- Bangladesh allrounder Shakib on Thursday said that he will opt out of the two-match Test series in Sri Lanka during April to make himself available for Kolkata Knight Riders for entire IPL 2021.
The development was confirmed by Bangladesh Cricket Board’s cricket chairman Akram Khan, reported Cricbuzz. He added that BCB allowed him to take leave.
But the Bangladesh star will play three-match ODI series depending on his fitness.
Shakib made his IPL comeback with Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2021 auction. The Kolkata-based franchise bought Shakib for Rs 3.2 crore. He has played earlier played seven seasons for KKR, winning IPL trophy twice—2012 and 2014.
Speaking to Cricbuzz, Akram said that Shakib had sent him a letter regarding IPL and they had given him permission to take part and not pushing someone who does not want to play.
Shakib is set to miss international duties after being granted paternity leave to skip limited-overs Bangladesh tour to New Zealand in February-March. The 33-year-old returned to action after his ban against West Indies. He sustained a thigh injury in the first Test that ruled him out of the Test series. Earlier, he made a brilliant comeback winning man of the series.
This is not the first instance when Bangladesh will be skipping a Test series. Shakib had taken a break from Tests in September 2017 to manage workload.
Shakib is not the only cricketer to choose IPL over national duties. England and New Zealand are also unlikely to recall players playing in IPL playoffs.
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