The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has given the No Objection Certificate (NOC) to Mustafizur Rahman to play in the upcoming 14th edition of the Indian Premier League. The pacer was bought by inaugural champions, Rajasthan Royals for his base price of INR 1 crore during the IPL 2021 auction in February.
Minhajul Abedin, BCB’s chief selector, says that since Mustafizur Rahman is not in their plans for the 2-match Test series against Sri Lanka, which will clash with the IPL schedule, they had no issues in allowing the seamer to ply his trade in India in the IPL. Abedin believes that Rahman can gain experience in India which would help him later in the T20 World Cup.
“We have given him NOC for IPL as he is not in our Test plans for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka. It’s better if he plays there and gains some experience,” the chief selector told Cricbuzz.
First priority is to play for my country and if I am picked in the Test series: Mustafizur Rahman
In view of the recent fall-out between star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and the board, Mustafizur Rahman had earlier said that he was ready to skip the IPL to take part in the Test series if selected. Shakib, who was roped in by Kolkata Knight Riders, decided to play the IPL in order to prepare for the World Cup, which led to exchanges between the southpaw and board members. The board also threatened to withdraw his NOC but later upheld it.
“My first priority is to play for my country and if I am picked in the Test series against Sri Lanka, I will naturally play. If I am not picked then BCB will tell me that I am not included. At that point, if I am given NOC to play in the IPL then I will play but patriotism comes first for me,’‘ Mustafizur Rahman said.
The left-arm pacer will return to the IPL after missing the last couple of seasons. He burst onto the scene with title-winning performances for Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2016. However, injuries and modifications in his action saw his demand drop; he featured in a single game in 2017, and in 7 matches in 2018 for the Mumbai Indians.