Bangladesh news March 6, 2013

Bangladesh players barred from IPL during international series


The club versus country debate has cropped up again as the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan has barred players from participating in the IPL during international series.

Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal are the only Bangladesh players associated with the league, and have not asked for NOCs (No Objection Certificates) yet. Bangladesh's Zimbabwe tour commences on April 13 and ends on May 12, while the IPL is scheduled between April 3 and May 26. Shakib plays for Kolkata Knight Riders and Tamim for Pune Warriors and the BCB decision means the pair will be eligible to play in only four IPL matches.

"There is no chance for players to take part in these [IPL] tournaments when an international series is going on," Hassan said. "As far as I know, cricket boards don't allow such things, and we will not provide that opportunity [either].

"We haven't been requested to provide any NOCs yet. I was asked if they can go to the IPL instead of the Zimbabwe tour, but I told them that they wouldn't be able to. I know for sure that even in my capacity, I cannot let them go."

Hassan didn't single out the two players, but warned players against trying to pick and choose formats. "The country comes first, otherwise there is always the chance of the players thinking they can play in these tournaments, where they have more personal benefits. I am not saying that the players are taking chances, but this attitude isn't healthy when you look at the bigger picture."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Mike on March 7, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    Why would Shakib struggle at IPL especially against Indian players? he picked up 2 man of match awards last seasons IPLin just 7 games :P plus is the youngest and quickest all-rounder in history to pick up together 1000 runs in ODIs and Tests plus 100 wickets in ODIs and Tests :P

  • Mike on March 7, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    If International series though not clashing with IPL then of course anyone can go but yeah country comes first.

  • Shoaib on March 7, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    @baghels.a: I was just pointing out that Football and Cricket are both incomparable sports. Things like Softball, Baseball or Rounders should be compared instead considering it similarities and traits.

  • Babaji on March 7, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    Its so funny, these two hardly get to play in the IPL because they are so lowly in terms of talent and skills at the IPL. This decision saved them from the, year after year, shame that they experience for not playing full quantum of matches at the IPL. Good decision indeed! :)

  • jayaesh on March 7, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    @Edd Oliver,warm -cofee , you say it is overhyped but still less than your beloved EPL i think , last heard Man City and Chelsea are out of CL in group stages ,United are out and they will be joined by Arsenal, you say IPL is harming test cricket but similarly EPL which is dominated by foriegners is causing greater harm to English national football team !!! at least India won WC in 2011 , no.1 in tests and odi's , u-19 WC in 2012 after the advent of IPL IN 2008....You people suffer from double standards and are envious of India's and BCCI's success , instead of bashing BCCI please advice your English media and majority of your countrymen to stop being so obssesed with Football and devote some time and resources to cricket then you could have a lucrative cricket league of your own !!! Kudos to Indian cricket and community.BTW la liga,Bundesliga,Serie A much better than EPL !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sanjiv on March 7, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    I feel for the cricketer. It is tough to make a player chose between country and family. Perhaps next year some win:win common ground can be achieved - where the BCB get to field the country's top performers and players get to earn a decent living by plying their profession. I know that atheletes have a limited peak-performance life window which needs to be put to best use.

  • mohammad on March 7, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    Anand Singh I love your comment hahaha

  • S.M. TOFAZZEL on March 7, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    Shakib should be ready to serve the national team if anyway he becomes fit in next 6 weeks ; Bangladesh would be playing abroad and Shakib will be struggling for a place in their playing 11 of KKR dressing room; that would be the most ugly scenario in cricket. Because is so valuable player today is because of his exposure in the national team; not the IPL , BPL or any other tournament.

    Nothing to say about Tamim. We know how he was treated by Pune Warriors in last IPL. Making any effort to try for IPL escaping Bangladesh National team would be a disaster for his career. If Bangladesh has no game both of them may move anywhere but Pakistan; we would love to see them in any formats in cricket around the world.

  • Faysal on March 7, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    Sensible decision by BCB. I don't have anything against IPL or other T20 leagues around the world as it provides cricketers with much needed income and also makes it a popular form of entertainment among viewers. As Bangladesh already has a lucrative domestic T20 league which paid out $365000 to Shakib & $165000 to Tamim in BPL2, I think they should not try to pick IPL over Bangladesh tour ( it's not yet confirmed that either of them made such request ). But I do feel sorry for players/boards who don't have their own lucrative domestic T20 leagues as that forces the players to choose. And in all honesty this tour was not supposed to happen around the time of IPL but as due to circumstances it has so BCB has done what is right.

  • Enamul on March 7, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    Imsrk@ The country which has tournament like BPL they get no reason to bother about IPL.