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If the BCB knew about the postponement of Sri Lanka tour, they would have given me NOC for IPL: Mustafizur Rahman

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Bangladesh left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman stated that the Bangladesh Cricket Board would have given him the No-Objection Certificate to participate in the 2020 Indian Premier League in the UAE, had they known about the postponement of the Sri Lanka tour. Nazmul Hasan, BCB’s president, had asked Sri Lanka to reschedule the three-match Test series, as the board wasn’t willing to comply with the 14-day quarantine rule.

“It would have been great to play the Test series. Sri Lanka’s proposal to have us quarantined for 14 days didn’t seem possible for us,” said Mustafizur. “You can’t sit in your room before such an important series, no matter how hard you train. BCB tried, but the 14-day quarantine is their law. I think we should respect it.

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“If the BCB knew that the Sri Lanka series would be postponed, they would have given me the NOC for IPL. But whatever happens, happens for the best. I may have earned BDT 1 crore had I played the IPL,” he added.

The last time around when BCB decided to not give Mustafizur the NOC to take part in the Pakistan Super League in 2015-16, the board had compensated him with BDT Taka 30 Lakh. However, Akram Khan, BCB’s Cricket Operations Chairman, noted that there is ‘little’ chance of providing Mustafizur compensation for missing out on taking part in the IPL.

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BCB Cricket operations chairman Akram Khan said, “Because he had injury concerns, we did not allow him to go (PSL) and we tried to compensate him. This time it’s a different matter. He was picked by a team in the PSL while the negotiation was in the preliminary stage (IPL), and it is a fact that no team has picked him. We have not given him NoC for national interest, so there is very little chance of giving him any compensation.”