IPL 2021 Auction: Shakib Al Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman In Jeopardy As BCCI Updates Franchises Of Bangladeshi Players’ Availability For IPL 2021
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IPL 2021 Auction: Shakib Al Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman In Jeopardy As BCCI Updates Franchises Of Bangladeshi Players’ Availability For IPL 2021

Mustafiur Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan (Getty)
Mustafiur Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan (Getty)

Bangladeshi players like Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman in the upcoming IPL 2021 auction may face difficulty in securing big-money deals after the BCCI updated the eight franchises participating in the auction, about their availability for the 14th season of the Indian Premier League.

Ahead of the mini-auction, which will take place on February 18 in Chennai, the Indian cricket board (BCCI) updated all eight franchises regarding the availability of overseas players. It has been reported that the BCCI told the franchises that players from all countries are available for the entire tournament, except Bangladesh.

Shakib al Hasan
Shakib al Hasan. Image Credits: Twitter

Only Bangladesh Players Not Available For The Entire IPL 2021

Two big names in the IPL 2021 auction from Bangladesh are Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman. Shakib missed the IPL 2020 due to the one-year ban on him by ICC, while Mustafizur had opted out of the tournament after the Bangladesh board had denied him with a NOC, despite Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians interested in roping the fast bowler.

Shakib has already been touted by many experts as someone who might hit big bucks in the IPL 2021 auction given his all-around abilities and leadership qualities.

Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman (Twitter)
Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman (Twitter)

“Any (Bangladesh) players selected will be unavailable from 19th May or will leave before if any other series is scheduled during IPL window,” the BCCI wrote to the franchises on Tuesday night.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) recently announced that Sri Lanka will tour the country in May for a three-match series. The availability of Sri Lankan players is also yet to be confirmed. There are four from Bangladesh and nine from Sri Lankans in the auction but none from these countries in the retained squads.

New Zealand, Australia, And England Players To Be Available For Entire IPL 2021

However, the players from New Zealand, England, and Australia will be available for the entire IPL 2021 edition, confirmed by BCCI in an email to the franchises. Despite New Zealand and England playing a Test series and Australia conducting their domestic tournament, the cricket boards of these countries have ensured that their players will receive NOC for the entire IPL 2021.

Steve Smith and Kane Williamson (Twitter)
Steve Smith and Kane Williamson (Twitter)

“The last round of Sheffield Shield, Australia’s domestic first-class cricket competition is scheduled on 3rd April 2021. The final of the Sheffield Shield will be held from 15th-19th April 2021. The NOC will be given to players selected for IPL from 1st April 2021,” BCCI mail read.

In the event of ECB Selectors wishing to select a player for the 1st Test v New Zealand whose franchise has made it through to the knock-out stages of the Tournament, but who is not featuring in the starting XI, the relevant franchise is requested to release such player early so that they can participate in the Test Match,” the BCCI advised the teams.

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