Bangladesh left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman has declared that between the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Test series between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, which will happen around the same time, he would give priority to the latter.
Bangladesh is to travel to Sri Lanka for a two-match Test series in April, around the same time IPL will take place. Mustafizur, who was roped in by the Rajasthan Royals for INR 1 crore, has said that he would make himself available for selection in the team rather than playing in the cash-rich tournament. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had given him the liberty to participate in the tournament instead of playing for the national side.
“I will do what BCB asks me to do. If they keep me in the Test squad (for the tour of Sri Lanka) then I will play Tests and if they (BCB) don’t keep me in Test then they know what I should do,” Mustafizur told reporters on Tuesday.
“My first priority is to play for my country and if I am picked in the Test series against Sri Lanka, I will naturally play. If I am not picked then BCB will tell me that I am not included. At that point, if I am given NOC to play in the IPL then I will play but patriotism comes first for me.”
Earlier, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) gave the No Objection Certificate to all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who wrote a letter to the board expressing his wish to participate in IPL over being available for the Sri Lanka tour. Shakib was picked up by the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL 2021 for INR 3.2 crores.