IPL 2021: BCB To Allow Mustafizur Rahman To Skip National Duty And Feature For Rajasthan Royals

IPL 2021: BCB To Allow Mustafizur Rahman To Skip National Duty And Feature For Rajasthan Royals

Mustafizur Rahman
Mustafizur Rahman [Image Credit: ICC/Getty]

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has confirmed that left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman will be allowed to skip national duty and feature for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2021.

BCB has confirmed that it will be issuing the ‘No Objection Certificate’ to Mustafizur Rahman provided he applied for it.

Mustafizur Rahman will be making a comeback to the IPL after a gap of three years. He was picked by the Jaipur-based Rajasthan Royals at his base price of Rs 1 Crore.

The left-arm pacer has previously represented the likes of SunRisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians in the cash-rich league.

Mustafizur Rahman, BCB, IPL 2021
Mustafizur Rahman

The confirmation by BCB to issue NOC’s to its players is a stark departure from its previous stance. Notably, the BCB had denied Mustafizur Rahman the opportunity to feature in IPL 2020.

Rahman had gone unsold in the 2019 auction but with Lasith Malinga pulling out of the 13th edition of the IPL due to personal reasons, Mumbai Indians had shown interest in roping in the left-arm seamer from Bangladesh.

However, BCB refused to issue the NOC, citing the fact that Mustafizur needed to be available for the series against Sri Lanka in October. The series against Sri Lanka was eventually called-off due to quarantine issues.

But, it seems that the apex cricketing body in the country has understood that it is “useless to insist” if someone is not willing to play.

Shakib-al-Hasan
Shakib-al-Hasan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Earlier, the BCB had announced that it will allow Shakib Al Hasan to skip national assignment in order to play for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2021.

Shakib Al Hasan will be making a comeback to the IPL after a gap of one year and to his former franchise after a gap of 3 years. He was released by KKR ahead of the 2018 auction and was picked by SunRisers Hyderabad, whom he represented in two seasons.

“We will surely give NOC to Mustafizur if he applies for it. We have given NOC to Shakib and it will be the same for Mustafizur. The board decided that whoever will ask NOC, we will give because it is useless to insist someone who is not willing to play,” Akram Khan, BCB’s cricket operations manager, was quoted as saying by India Today.

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