Bangladesh Cricket Board officials said on Saturday that seven of their cricketers named within the draft of the Lanka Premier League 2 won’t be available from the beginning of the tournament thanks to national commitments.
The LPL is scheduled to be held from July 30 to August 22 this year in Sri Lanka while Bangladesh is predicted to host a five-match T20 series against Australia from August 2 to eight at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.
Bangladesh is additionally scheduled to host New Zealand and England after the Australia series as they steel themselves against the upcoming ICC World T20 in UAE and Oman in October-November.
Bangladesh’s all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Liton Das, and Soumya Sarkar are those who have registered for the LPL.
”They (Bangladeshi cricketers) won’t be available from the start of LPL as we’ve series against Australia,” BCB cricket operation chairman Akram Khan confirmed on Saturday. ”We even have other series lined up but in between, we have a while and that they can go at that time and play within the LPL,” he said.
Akram also cited the contracts where players need to give their priority to national duty. BCB had introduced a replacement clause before finalizing their national contract list after national stalwart Shakib Al Hasan opted out of the Sri Lanka Test tour to form himself available for the Indian Premier League.
BCB has sent a separate letter to the national contract probables to understand their availability within the upcoming year. BCB is yet to disclose the names of contracted players for 2021, but it’s learned that 22 cricketers received the letter from the board and 18 of them will get a central contract.
”All the cricketers can participate across format and that they have informed national duty is their first preference,” said Akram. ”They have said that if they’re picked and if they’re going to manage to possess time to play in LPL they will play there but not at the expense of skipping any national duty,” he said.
Akram’s admission that each cricketer can play across formats eventually cleared Shakib’s stance regarding his immediate Test future as there has been speculation that he wasn’t able to still prolong his Test career after he decided to skip a two-match Test against Sri Lanka for IPL. The BCB president earlier said that Shakib and Mustafizur won’t be available in IPL.