Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is set to miss the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka, scheduled to be played in April, in order to play the entire 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL).
On Thursday, Shakib was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at a price of INR 3.20 crores from his base price of INR 2 crore at the IPL 2021 auction in Chennai.
The chairman of cricket operations in the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), Akram Khan, confirmed that Shakib sent a letter to the board, asking for permission to play in the IPL.
The all-rounder, however, is set to play in the three-ODI series before the Tests, provided he proves his fitness. Notably, Shakib Al Hasan didn’t feature in IPL 2020 after the ICC banned him for not reporting corrupt approaches from bookies.
“He (Shakib) had recently given us a letter [asking] to skip the Test series against Sri Lanka as he wanted to take part in the IPL. We have given him permission as there is no point pushing someone who is not interested to play (Test for the national team),” Akram told Cricbuzz.
So far, in his IPL career, Shakib has represented the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) (2011-17) and the Sunrises Hyderabad (SRH). He has won two IPL titles both during his time with KKR (2012 & 2014).
The 33-year-old made his comeback in November while playing for Gemcon Khulna in the inaugural Bangabandhu T20 Cup. He, however, didn’t play the final and headed back to the USA for family matters.
Shakib made his international comeback last month in a three-match ODI series against the West Indies on home soil. He has also asked for paternity leave for the upcoming Test series against New Zealand.
“We have received a letter from him to grant leave during the tour of New Zealand as he wants to be with his wife (in the USA). We are yet to take a decision in this regard,” Akram had told Cricbuzz.