Shakib Al Hasan is no newcomer to controversies. From crotch gesture on live TV to roughing up a fan, altercations with umpires and two-year suspension on match-fixing charges, he has been at it all through his otherwise brilliant career. Of late, Shakib was involved in a standoff with Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), putting a question mark on his participation in IPL 2021.
A few days back, Akram Khan, the Cricket Operation Chairman, BCB, went public with a claim to revoke Shakib’s No Objection Certificate (NOC) for IPL. It was a reaction to Shakib’s insistence to represent Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in IPL 2021 over national duty. Bangladesh is scheduled to play a bilateral series against Sri Lanka just when IPL would be underway.
The controversy kicked off when Shakib wrote to BCB about his decision to skip the test series in favour of IPL. The BCB took it as Shakib’s unwillingness to play tests and threatened to revoke the NOC. That would have dented KKR’s chances in IPL 2021, as the team banks heavily on the all-rounder.
Thankfully for KKR fans, BCB has upheld Shakib’s NOC, paving way for his participation in the 14th edition of IPL, starting Friday, April 9 at Chennai. In the recently concluded IPL auction, KKR shelled out INR 3.2 Crores to retain the star all-rounder. However, the NOC is applicable only till May 18, meaning Shakib would be missing the action in the business end of the IPL. Shakib will miss the test series but feature in the ODI series against Sri Lanka.
Shakib cleared his stance on the fiasco, saying that he never intended to skip tests. Rather, he preferred IPL to prepare for the upcoming T20 World Cup, which would be played in India. The controversy was nothing more than a misunderstanding between him and BCB.