Bangladeshi cricketers Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman have been granted No Objection Certificates (NOCs) by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to skip their Test series against Sri Lanka in order to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. The reasoning behind the same was that if players were not willing to play shouldn’t be forced to play for the national team while the IPL is taking place.
Shakib Al Hasan was picked by the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) franchise in the auction that took place yesterday in Chennai for a sum of Rs. 3.20 crores. Meanwhile, Mustafizur Rahman was acquired by Rajasthan Royals (RR) for his base price of Rs. 1 crore.
‘We will surely give NOC’ – BCB Cricket Operation Chairman
The BCB’s Cricket Operation Chairman Akram Khan talked about the granting of NOCs and said according to Cricbuzz, “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.”
The NOC was denied earlier and it was expected that the Bangladeshi players would not be available from May 19 onwards. This was the situation before the auction began. This raises an important question as to whether franchises would have bid more for the duo, if they had known beforehand that the NOC would be granted. There is a case hence, to consider that the BCB’s late decision making has deprived Shakib and Mustafizur of a few crores.