Bangladesh news March 5, 2013

BCB yet to clear Shakib, Tamim for IPL

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will take a call on Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal's participation in the Indian Premier League after discussion with the team management as the tournament clashes with Bangladesh's tour to Zimbabwe. The Zimbabwe tour commences on April 13 and ends on May 12, while the IPL is scheduled between April 3 and May 26.

Shakib and Tamim, who play for Kolkata Knight Riders and Pune Warriors respectively, will have two windows before and after the Zimbabwe tour during which they can play four matches for their franchise. However, the players need a No Objection Certificate from the board to participate in the IPL.

"We are yet to take a decision on it (issuing the NOC)," BCB's acting CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury told ESPNcricinfo. "The board will take a call after speaking to the team management."

The duo were among the Bangladesh players who signed a central contract with the BCB before the Sri Lanka tour after the board president approved of changes to the contract.

Bangladesh will play two Twenty20s on April 13 and April 14 before a three-match ODI series between April 17 and 21. The teams will then play two Test matches in Harare from April 30. The tour was originally scheduled for mid-2012 but was postponed after Zimbabwe Cricket decided to re-lay the pitches in Harare and Bulawayo.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent