Bangladesh news March 6, 2013

Bangladesh players barred from IPL during international series

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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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  • POSTED BY satishchandar on | March 7, 2013, 2:15 GMT

    Good move. It is either no games during internationals or No IPL if there are games. Either board understands players earning chance or the players understand what their top priority should be.. Great job BCB and boards need to buck up their players from going for opting for T20 leagues when they actually have game scheduled for the nation.

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    I don't think Shakib will be fit anyway before mid April. Any country would have done the same, I guess. BCB has nothing against IPL or any other leagues. But BCB and Zimbabwe board could have found a window to avoid this clash. Looks like it wasn't possible. Players should be given opportunity to earn money too.

    I am against deriding IPL. IPL generates money, some competitive cricket is played out there, people love it too.

  • POSTED BY Rafelgibt on | March 6, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    Awesome decision taken by the BCB president.I must congratulate him for clearing the view from boards point that ho player can choose club cricket over country.Hope player would get the alarm to shake their heads and concentrate more on personal performances for the country.

  • POSTED BY TheRisingTeam on | March 6, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    Finally its confirmed, brave and good move. Really like our new BCB president, he has the desire to make Bangladesh Cricket succeed even enjoys the game as well and watches them in the stadiums. No player in the Bangladesh team including Tamim and Shakib are guaranteed their spots now cause so many for once are eyeing an opportunity to play for the national team. Its all about the right attitude that our players need to have first not what you want for personal gain.

  • POSTED BY Energetic. 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

  • POSTED BY Energetic. 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.

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee 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.

  • POSTED BY Legaleagle 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! :)

  • POSTED BY baghels.a 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 !!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY SanjivAwesome 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.

  • POSTED BY satishchandar on | March 7, 2013, 2:15 GMT

    Good move. It is either no games during internationals or No IPL if there are games. Either board understands players earning chance or the players understand what their top priority should be.. Great job BCB and boards need to buck up their players from going for opting for T20 leagues when they actually have game scheduled for the nation.

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    I don't think Shakib will be fit anyway before mid April. Any country would have done the same, I guess. BCB has nothing against IPL or any other leagues. But BCB and Zimbabwe board could have found a window to avoid this clash. Looks like it wasn't possible. Players should be given opportunity to earn money too.

    I am against deriding IPL. IPL generates money, some competitive cricket is played out there, people love it too.

  • POSTED BY Rafelgibt on | March 6, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    Awesome decision taken by the BCB president.I must congratulate him for clearing the view from boards point that ho player can choose club cricket over country.Hope player would get the alarm to shake their heads and concentrate more on personal performances for the country.

  • POSTED BY TheRisingTeam on | March 6, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    Finally its confirmed, brave and good move. Really like our new BCB president, he has the desire to make Bangladesh Cricket succeed even enjoys the game as well and watches them in the stadiums. No player in the Bangladesh team including Tamim and Shakib are guaranteed their spots now cause so many for once are eyeing an opportunity to play for the national team. Its all about the right attitude that our players need to have first not what you want for personal gain.

  • POSTED BY Energetic. 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

  • POSTED BY Energetic. 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.

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee 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.

  • POSTED BY Legaleagle 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! :)

  • POSTED BY baghels.a 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 !!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY SanjivAwesome 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.

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | March 7, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    Anand Singh I love your comment hahaha

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY FaysalKabir 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.

  • POSTED BY Third_Gear on | March 7, 2013, 7:22 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY Third_Gear on | March 7, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    Best decision ever by BCB

  • POSTED BY on | March 7, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    good riddance..they can play peacefully and so could we..love from india

  • POSTED BY on | March 7, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    It would be unfortunate if any of the above mentioned players preferred and showed interest to represent their clubs, even unofficially. Shakib is an Idol among young-stars but he is only human. Either ICC need to create slots for all T20 leagues or cricket boards need to have better grip on their contracted players. Early retirements to play T20 leagues will become very well practiced..sooner rather than later.

    How many players will be able to avoid the temptation to get out of national contract to play in all T20 leagues, particularly when they have only 2 years of cricket left ?

  • POSTED BY on | March 7, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    @Edd Oliver this "mickey mouse tournament" commercial gains had players like KP,Eoin Morgan say that IPL needs a "window" in FTP ,unlike BBL or SLPL which are going to dumps IPL's riches has made Clarke a U-turn about playing in 20/20.in UK apart from partisan english who's watching SKY...its because of your ignorance that you have no idea what's the viewership of IPL,one indian state is enough to cover the whole SKY broadcast in UK...btw Star TV which is sister concern of SKY is not foolish to invest aprox $750 million for IPL

  • POSTED BY TheBlackMonk on | March 7, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    @Josh Maddy: What's not fair? Playing for the Country that gave you the platform. Who are true fans? The country fans who gave them the honor of Hero or the rests who please to be entertained only. Like football, club cricket is not going to be a mainstay and so is not IPL. It's a two months fling, where players earn, audience entertained and owners profit. Club football creates players unlike this T20 clubs in cricket, that's as a matter of fact not possible and no hate to that. So, inevitably the attachment with a foreign club won't be similar as in football. Club football is a 10 months thing while cricket is traveled with country, that's how it is destined and IPL or any other T20 tournaments will never be a mainstay.

    BTW, a huge RESPECT to BCB President!

  • POSTED BY Anwaruzz on | March 7, 2013, 1:54 GMT

    Sakib and Tamim are two of individual highest Income Tax payer in Bangladesh. One should only imagine the amount of riches this board allowed them. Offcourse ! they earned it. Without IPL they will definitely survive/ Tamim didn't get to play a single game for Pune in the last edition and Sakib's games were nothing to write home about. Country first ! should be the motto.

  • POSTED BY on | March 7, 2013, 1:37 GMT

    Well seat warmers or not Shakib and Tamim are in the IPL for another reason. IPL has it's eyes on 150 million BD fans who follow an IPL game only if a BD player play in it. Otherwise, BD fans will have no reasons to watch an IPL game. I see more and more BD players are playing in the IPL in the future for the tv rating alone. I commend BCB for this bold decision, country should always come first. These players are making enough money these days, there is no reason for whining besides there will be many more opportunities in the future.

  • POSTED BY on | March 7, 2013, 0:08 GMT

    @ Rahul Jain ... friendly soccer match n international cricket is completely different.but even when there is a friendly soccer match players leave the club to play for their country. and international cricket is no friendly cricket match........

  • POSTED BY on | March 7, 2013, 0:04 GMT

    Well said Warm_Coffee

    In England the only people who watch the IPL are those that can't afford Sky. No one is interested outside the subcontinent.

    To compare it with the Premier League is ridiculous. The Premier League is one of the best footballing leagues in the world, the IPL is a mickey mouse competition playing the most dumbed down form of cricket. Just because there are some Bollywood stars watching and the players are all massively overpaid, doesn't make the cricket any good! At 2 months long it's also twice as long as it should be. In short, IPL-apart from Indians, who cares?

  • POSTED BY Timmuh on | March 6, 2013, 22:46 GMT

    This is a risky move from the BCB. The possibility that players will retire from relatively low-paying international cricket to gain quick cash in the IPL circus is very real. It is the right move, but a very risky one for a nation without either a huge talent base or the money to fight the lure of T20 tournaments. Something has to be done to detract from the T20 menace, but I really can not see what that something is. Perhaps NOCs should be required even if a player has retired from international cricket, in order to avoid good players opting out of international cricket in favour of the pointless (if occasionaly entertaining) three hour game.

  • POSTED BY Always_pakistan on | March 6, 2013, 22:08 GMT

    A very good decision country comes first.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | March 6, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    Looks like the IPL teams will have to find some more seat warmers.With the players not warming the seats, this means it will cost them financially. I am assuming the BCB will offer compensation?

  • POSTED BY AzAb12754 on | March 6, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    Our players won't even be missed in IPL anyway, I'd rather see our players playing in the Zim tour than just sitting on the bench hoping for them to just get a game wake up!

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    @mr Warm_Coffee : i seriously disagree with you on this point.. can u tell me domestic footballing leagues are more famous than the pointless international friendlies that go on in the world of football..? why when non english people from around the world tune in to watch the epl even where there is no connect with a "manchester" or a "chelsea" ..? ipl has just begun.. it wil slowly consemurate all non indian public too..so i dont think its a case of "common sense" really..!

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    This is just not fair. It's an insult to cricket, fans and players. Just look at the notoriety ECB has drawn. BCB has potential and they must not sqander by sullying the aesthetics. There are things called code and honour: everyone involved in the sport must conform tot hem. IPL has become the mainstay, the main attraction, fans' first preference of cricket: we all need to respect that.

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | March 6, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    I like BCB motives now. We know cricketers need to make money but the amount of T20 leagues that are going on plus contracts with board, shouldn't be too disappointed.

  • POSTED BY rajithwijepura on | March 6, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    If SL president (not Arjuna) done the same thing in 2008 our cricket might have been brighter than today. But they were not yet learned any lesson from that mistake. pitty

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    ofcourse its good decision . but my point is zim series can be happen after well deseserve rest . . finishing sl tour players are not getting rest or enough time to practices to go for zim tour . its head to head schedule .

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | March 6, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    @Zifan Hai: Why would Non-Indians love IPL? I don't. Same with all other leagues BPL, SLPL, BBL etc IPL is mainly for the Indian market we respect that but seriously most Non-Indians like me do not care for Indian cities as we have no relation same with BPL and all other leagues vice versa. Most Cricket fans prefer International Cricket not Domestic Cricket and 2 months of IPL and no International Cricket will just make Cricket fans lose interest common sense really.

  • POSTED BY warneneverchuck on | March 6, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    Thats the beuty of IPL. Which doesnt depend on players from one country especially team which is ranked just ahead of ZIM

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | March 6, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    Fair enough move. I see so much HATE here towards the IPL. Some people here need their senses checked. The BCCI and IPL governing council have always ascertained that participation in the league should only come in the case of national boards providing NOCs to their players. Since Bangladesh have chosen not to due to the Zimbabwe tour, it makes sense for these two players to miss out. Their IPL teams will NOT miss them by any stretch of imagination. They better represent their country rather than warm benches for their clubs.

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    Good job President.. it is a good decision and warning to everyone ..

  • POSTED BY Shajadul on | March 6, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    Always country comes first then other choices.....Good decision.

  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | March 6, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    Correct decision by BCB & Mr. Nazmul. IPL is the best T20 league but it's just a domestic league nothing else. Country comes first then the club. Even Gayle realized it last year.

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    Country 1 - 0 franchise cricket

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    A great decision from BCB.

  • POSTED BY Nidopk on | March 6, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    A very wonderful n great decision, 1000 likes from Pakistan

  • POSTED BY Energetic. on | March 6, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    I like where BD management is going things about now, we have a score to settle with Zimbabwe and taking them lightly we know what will happen again. To be honest it doesn't really make a difference to IPL as they are not really bothered whether they play or not just take Pakistan as an example. BPL, SLPL etc even the new CPL is plenty of money making leagues for Bangladeshis to earn.

  • POSTED BY luvcricket_new_gen on | March 6, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    Good move. Tamim was already just a visitor. At least they can play for BCB.

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | March 6, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    I like this! don't want to play for your country then you're out of the team for good. We want players who love their country and will try their uttermost best to stay fit and play. Besides, both Tamim and Shakib are already earning plenty from other leagues, national team, sponsorship etc.

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | March 6, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    I am proud of tigers.They did not even ask for NOC.I think that's why Shakib played full BPL with injury.

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | March 6, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    I am proud of tigers.They did not even ask for NOC.I think that's why Shakib played full BPL with injury.

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | March 6, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    I like this! don't want to play for your country then you're out of the team for good. We want players who love their country and will try their uttermost best to stay fit and play. Besides, both Tamim and Shakib are already earning plenty from other leagues, national team, sponsorship etc.

  • POSTED BY luvcricket_new_gen on | March 6, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    Good move. Tamim was already just a visitor. At least they can play for BCB.

  • POSTED BY Energetic. on | March 6, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    I like where BD management is going things about now, we have a score to settle with Zimbabwe and taking them lightly we know what will happen again. To be honest it doesn't really make a difference to IPL as they are not really bothered whether they play or not just take Pakistan as an example. BPL, SLPL etc even the new CPL is plenty of money making leagues for Bangladeshis to earn.

  • POSTED BY Nidopk on | March 6, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    A very wonderful n great decision, 1000 likes from Pakistan

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    A great decision from BCB.

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    Country 1 - 0 franchise cricket

  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | March 6, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    Correct decision by BCB & Mr. Nazmul. IPL is the best T20 league but it's just a domestic league nothing else. Country comes first then the club. Even Gayle realized it last year.

  • POSTED BY Shajadul on | March 6, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    Always country comes first then other choices.....Good decision.

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    Good job President.. it is a good decision and warning to everyone ..