Shakib Al Hasan, who is one of the best all-rounders in international cricket, went unsold during the IPL 2022 mega auction in Bengaluru.
The 35-year old has been a regular in the league since making his debut in 2011 and was instrumental in KKR’s title victory.
Shakib’s wife Umme Ahmed Shishir revealed in a Facebook post why her husband went unsold ahead of IPL 2022.
According to her, Shakib was approached by a couple of franchises but his commitment to the national side for South Africa series would’ve made his unavailable for the whole IPL season and that’s why none of the teams bid for him.
“Before you get too excited a couple of teams contacted him directly ahead of time if he can be available for the full season, but unfortunately he can’t due to Sri Lanka series! This is why he did not get picked which is not a big deal, it is not the end, there’s always next year!” she wrote.
She further added that if her husband had opted out of the South Africa series, he would have called a traitor by many.
“In order to be picked he needed to skip SL series, so if he was picked would you have said the same? or would you have made him a traitor by now? Sorry to pour water on your excitement!” Umme added.
While she mentioned Sri Lanka in her post, but Bangladesh would be playing in South Africa in late March and early April.
The visitors would play three ODIs and two Test matches in the rainbow nation.