Akram Khan, cricket operations chairman of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), has said that the board will be reconsidering the NOC given to Shakib, allowing him permission to play in the upcoming IPL edition. Akram Khan has lashed out at the star cricketer after the latter’s recent comments on the board misinterpreting his letter surfaced on Sunday.
Following Sri Lanka Cricket’s confirmation of dates for the two-match Test series (Staring on April 21) against Bangladesh, it was certain that Shakib Al Hasan will miss out due to his IPL commitments. Earlier, the Bangladesh Cricket Board gave him a NOC to participate in the 14th edition of the marquee T20 league.
“What does it imply? If someone is saying that I don’t want to tour Sri Lanka, where we have two Tests, to prepare for the World Cup then what does it actually mean?” Akram Khan was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
“I heard that he said that I didn’t read his letter. Perhaps I misunderstood his letter. He wants to play Tests, from what he has said. In the next couple of days we will discuss about his NOC. If he has interest, he will play Tests in Sri Lanka,” Akram noted.
Shakib opened up on his stance to opt to play in the IPL, for Kolkata Knight Riders, and clarified that he is not moving away from Test cricket. The star all-rounder had stated that playing in the IPL would help him prepare for the upcoming T20 World Cup this year.
“Continuously people are talking about this Test (skipping the series against Sri Lanka). The people who are saying that I will no longer play the Test or don’t want to play the Test haven’t read my letter properly and that is it,” Shakib was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
According to Shakib, his letter to the board was been misinterpreted by BCB cricket operation chairman Akram Khan.
“I did not mention anywhere in my letter that I do not want to play Tests. I mentioned in my letter that I want to play in the IPL to prepare myself properly for World Cup (T20 World Cup) but despite that Akram Bhai (BCB cricket operation chairman) has repeatedly said that I do not want to play Tests,” he said.
“Maybe he also said this in an interview yesterday. I guess he didn’t really read my letter properly. And whatever decisions they have taken, I believe that they have taken it after discussing among themselves,” he said.