After the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) decided to go ahead and take a step forward in finalizing the schedule for the Sri Lanka Tests during the Indian Premier League, it left the players in a catch-22 situation.
However, Shakib Al Hasan was the first one to ask for a NOC to play the full season for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), then BCB has decided to grant him and Mustafizur the NoC to partake in the league.
“He (Shakib) had recently given us a letter [asking] to skip the Test series against Sri Lanka as he wanted to take part in the IPL,” BCB Cricket Operations Chairman Akram told Cricbuzz.
“The board decided that whoever will ask NOC, we will give because it is useless to insist someone who is not willing to play,” he said.
This is the second leave for Shakib Al Hasan as he decided to skip the white-ball tour of New Zealand later in February-March.
Bangladesh grant second leave for Shakib in the same month
The talismanic Bangladeshi all-rounder recently returned to international action after his ban ended ahead of the home series against West Indies.
He suffered a thigh strain in the opening Test, which eventually ruled him out of the series. However, he had made a brilliant comeback in the ODI leg and was adjudged man of the series.