The availability of Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan for the final of the IPL 2021 hangs under the balance, should the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) make it into the ultimate game of the tournament. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is yet to take a final call on Shakib regarding the same.
Shakib Al Hasan, who is an integral part of the Bangladesh ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, missed out on Bangladesh’s opening practice game against Sri Lanka due to his IPL commitments. He will also have to miss out on the practice game against Ireland on October 14.
Given the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is set to kick off on October 17 and the IPL 2021 Final is scheduled for October 15, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is yet to make a decision on the availability of the star all-rounder for the game, given that KKR ends up as the second finalists after Wednesday’s Qualifier 2 against the Delhi Capitals.
“We will make a final call regarding Shakib( return to the national dressing room ahead of ICC WorldT20) after the second qualifier of IPL,” BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury told Cricbuzz on Tuesday.
Bangladesh begin their T20 World Cup qualifying campaign against Scotland on October 17. If Shakib gets the green flag to play the IPL Final, if KKR qualifies, he will have to immediately fly to Muscat from Dubai to join his national squad. But that will be the case after taking into consideration his rest period and also the transfer rules of the bio-secure bubbles.
“We have to take a lot of things into consideration as to how much time he is getting for rest if his team goes into the final and if he wants to play in that game whether he will have sufficient rest or not and we are working on it after taking relevant information about it,” he said.
“As he (Shakib) is carrying momentum playing competitive cricket in IPL so we are taking that into consideration as it is much more intense than the practice game,” he said.
BCB will need to determine the procedure of bubble-to-bubble transfer across countries before taking a call on the all-rounder. “Shakib will move from one bubble to another bubble (one country to another). We have to make sure everything is in order and we are working out on that as well,” he said.
“We are connected with the team and team management. We are in talks with them about all the options about Shakib’s moving from Dubai to Oman. But first of all our eyes are on tomorrow’s second qualifier and then we will decide,” he added.
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