Seven Bangladeshi players who have registered for the draft of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) 2 will be unavailable for the initial part of the tournament due to international assignments, informed the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
Bangladesh is set to host New Zealand and England following a five-match T20 series against Australia from August 2 to 8 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka as they prepare for the upcoming ICC World T20 in UAE and Oman in October-November.
All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Liton Das, and Soumya Sarkar are the seven players who have registered for the LPL 2, which is set to run from July 30 to August 22 this year.
“They (Bangladeshi cricketers) will not be available from the beginning of LPL as we have series against Australia,” BCB cricket operation chairman Akram Khan confirmed Cricbuzz on Saturday. “We also have other series lined up but in between, we have some time and they can go at that point and play in the LPL,” he said.
Akram referred to the new clause BCB has introduced with regards to the national commitments of the players, which states that the first priority of the players should be their national duty. The clause was introduced after former Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan had pulled out of the Sri Lanka Test earlier this year to participate in the Indian Premier League. He plays for the Kolkata Kight Riders. Subsequently, the BCB has denied Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman NOCs for playing in the remainder of IPL, which is scheduled to resume in UAE from September 19.
“All the cricketers are ready to take part across format and they have informed national duty is their first preference,” said Akram. “They have said that if they are picked and if they can manage to have time to play in LPL they will play there but not at the expense of skipping any national duty,” he said.