Champions League T20 2014 August 28, 2014

Shakib unavailable for Knight Riders


Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh allrounder, will be unavailable for selection for Kolkata Knight Riders for the Champions League Twenty20. Even though the BCB this week relaxed the ban imposed on Shakib by allowing him to play domestic cricket form September, he still needed a fresh No Objection Certificate (NOC) to play in the CLT20.

The BCB reduced Shakib's six-month suspension by three-and-a-half months, allowing him to be available for selection from September 15. However, the BCB's ban on NOCs, required for Shakib to participate in overseas leagues, remain in place until the end of 2015.

"Clearly for Champions League Twenty20 he is not available to us," Venky Mysore, the Knight Riders' chief executive, said. "Although we have the options it is unfortunate considering he is an important player for us. We just have to respect the BCB's decision."

Shakib was an important contributor to Knight Riders in their title-winning 2014 IPL season, scoring 227 runs at a strike rate of 149.34 and taking 11 wickets with an economy rate of 6.68.

It is understood that technically the existing NOC submitted by Shakib to the franchise is valid till December 2015 but due to the stringent posture taken by the BCB with respect to his recent actions, Shakib would have needed to get a fresh NOC in order to make himself available to play for Knight Riders.

Incidentally, even if it is an extenuating circumstance, the tournament rules do not allow the Knight Riders to seek a replacement for Shakib. It is understood that only players who have featured in the IPL can be called up as replacements.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Sharath on September 2, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    Was the KKR team selected before this announcement?? or did they knew this before and hence opted for Russell / Tendo instead of Shakib, since in Indian conditions Shakib is a better bet than either of these two players..Narine,Kallis & Morkel seems sure of starting.. it wud be between Tendo & Cummins for the 4th overseas slot i think..

  • Rohan on August 30, 2014, 19:51 GMT

    Bad miss for KKR, andre russel should play.......

  • Thilanka on August 30, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    My Express team ; 1.Danushka Gunathilaka 2. Kusal perera 3.Niroshan Dickwella (wk) 4.Jehan Mubarak 5.Angelo Perera 6.Yashodha Lanka 7.Farveez Maharoof 8.Seekkuge Prasanna 9.Charith Jayampathi 10.Dilruwan Perera 11.Sachith Pathirana ( 11 batsman & 8 bowlers , good platform for SriLankan youngsters )

  • jayaesh on August 29, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    It is a pity for Shakib and for KKR but i guess BCB decision is final....can you imagine something like this happening in football where English FA can stop Wayne Rooney from appearing for Man United ?? Can Argentinian FA stop Messi from appearing for Barcelona ?? never in a million years ...only Fifa is empowered to take such a decision and that too apart from a Luis Suarez case it happens very rarely.... i know fans will tell me that football is club based and cricket is primarily nation v/s nation ... but still more perspective, better balance and common sense is needed.

  • Iman on August 29, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    @ Never_Stop : Cant I express my opinion against the action of the BD board ? I think BD supporters require to be a little mature in this regard, accepting criticisms is something they should learn, this blind following results in easily satisfied supporters, consequently complacent players & below par performances. Indians also follow their team hard, but brick bats from there are severe too. The BD board punishing Shakib was a correct decision, because the controversies he was creating, was not good for BD cricket. But to give him a reprieve for the T20 league is actually a form of submission by the board. Through this action they are accepting that, Shakib is essential for the success of their t20 league. Which I am quite sure will inflate his ego even more. And if they can allow him to play in Bangladesh, why not in CPL? It's not that as if on can exhibit bad behavior but it's okay for domestic cricket, only when they play abroad, the ban applies. This surely defies logic.

  • Android on August 29, 2014, 3:24 GMT

    Even a horse need a rein so BCB took a right step. Set an example and that will help them many miles in future.

  • Hassan on August 29, 2014, 2:15 GMT

    ImonG - Shouldn't BCB be disappear? As fan like you determining, what should be the verdict? BCB as a board can't levy on shakib if he does something bad? lol

    What BCB did so far is correct.

  • Hassan on August 29, 2014, 2:08 GMT

    Indians fan have very much lack of respecting others. You do not need to put minnows between two " " !! Have some respect while talking others, then you'll get respect.

  • Android on August 28, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    A very bad decision by BCB Shakib should play champions league because in champions league there would be better bowlers and so shakib would grow as a player.

  • Iman on August 28, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    Disappointed with the double standards of BCB. They allow him to play Bangladeshi t20 competition, which frankly speaking, is not at the same level with the Champions league, but not for KKR. Because they know, leaving Shakib out (probably the only world class BD player now) would take the gloss away from their t20 competition. But this is detrimental for Shakib the individual. Because he would have made a lot of money playing for KKR. And many a times more recognition, as well.

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