Bangladesh’s premier all-rounder Shakib-Al-Hasan talked about his decision to choose the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) over the Sri Lanka-Bangladesh Test series in a letter written to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
Shakib-Al-Hasan returns to his first IPL franchise in Kolkata Knight Riders, who bought him in the IPL 2021 auction after he was released by Sunrisers Hyderabad before IPL 2020, as he was banned for one-year by the ICC. He has chosen to play in the IPL 2021, writing a letter to the BCB, saying that he will be missing the upcoming Test series in Sri Lanka.
I Want To Play In The IPL To Prepare Myself Properly For T20 World Cup: Shakib Al Hasan
About picking IPL over the Tests, Shakib stated that his decision has clearly been misunderstood by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). He further said that Akram Khan, the BCB cricket operation chairman, isn’t conveying the correct information to the media.
“Continuously people are talking about this Test (skipping the series against Sri Lanka). The people who are saying that I will no longer play the Test or don’t want to play the Test haven’t read my letter properly and that is it,” Shakib was quoted as saying on Cricfrenzy.
“I did not mention anywhere in my letter that I do not want to play Tests. I mentioned in my letter that I want to play in the IPL to prepare myself properly for World Cup (T20 World Cup) but despite that Akram Bhai has repeatedly said that I do not want to play Tests,” he stated.
Shakib thanked the BCB chairman Nazmul Hasan Papon for giving him permission to play in the IPL 2021. Shakib is currently on paternity leave and a few days back he became father to a baby boy with his wife Umme Ahmed Shishir.
Shakib further said that by playing in the IPL, he can garner desired experience and help his teammates out, as the T20 World Cup 2021 will also be played in India in October-November.
“During the IPL season, I wanted time so that I can prepare myself better. The ground where I will play IPL now will be the ground where I will play the World Cup match after four months. The players with whom I will play the IPL will be the players against whom I will play in the World Cup,” Shakib added.
The IPL 2021 begins on April 9 and will be played across six cities.