Bangladesh players might face shadow ban at IPL auction, says report

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প্রকাশের তারিখ: 23:27 শুক্রবার, 24 মার্চ, 2023

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Bangladesh cricketers could be left out from the next season of Indian Premier League (IPL) auction as The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the franchises are happy with the unavailability of the players due to their bilateral series during the cash-rich torunamnet.

Bangladesh have bilateral series with Ireland and won't be available for the entire tournament.

Shakib Al Hasan, Litton Das, and Mustafizur Rahman are the only Bangladeshi players participating in the IPL this year, and they will all only be available from April 9 to May 5 and then again from May 15 on. With Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB)'s NOC, neither BCCI nor the franchises are pleased.

During this years's auction Shakib and Litton had roped in by Kolkata Knight Riders, while Mustafiz retained by Delhi Capitals.

“It is what it is. We can’t complain because it’s the BCCI that negotiates with other boards. But of course, franchises will be sceptical about picking players from certain countries. If you see, Taskin (Ahmed) did not get the NOC and now this. If they don’t want their players to play, they should not register. But, for sure, the perception about Bangladeshi players will change in future,” a franchise official told an India media.

Shakib, Litton, and Mustafizur won't be available for IPL during Bangladesh matches, BCB President Nazmul Hassan Papon has confirmed the matter several times.

“You see, I have been asked about this issue over and over again, and I’ve given a single answer. Before they were called in the IPL auction, they IPL officials asked us about the players’ availability and we gave them [the schedule]. And knowing this, they proceeded with the auction. I don’t see any option for them to be unavailable for Bangladesh games. It’s not like we had told them that we might think about it, then there would’ve been some doubt. We have made it clear. I don’t see any chance of a change of heart, to be honest,” Papon said.

The report said that Sri Lankan players could also face the same fate as all four Sri Lankan players in IPL 16 will miss the first week of the tournament. They will be available after the conclusion of New Zealand tour on April 8.