Shakib Al-Hasan has opted to miss out on the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka in April to remain available for the entirety of the Indian Premier League 2021. As per a report in Cricbuzz, the former Bangladesh skipper has written a letter to Bangladesh Cricket Board, in which he has requested the board to skip the Test series to be available for the IPL. The Board also has permitted him to participate in the same.
“He (Shakib) had recently given us a letter [asking] to skip the Test series against Sri Lanka as he wanted to take part in the IPL,” Akram told Cricbuzz. “We have given him the permission as there is no point pushing someone who is not interested to play (Test for the national team),” he said.
In the IPL 2021, franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) signed Shakib Al Hasan for an amount of INR 3.2 Crores. The Bangladesh cricketer has played for the franchise between 2011 and 2017. He was an integral part of the side, which won the 2012 and 2014 IPL season. The 33-year-old would look to contribute to his fullest and help the side win their third IPL title.
In his IPL career, Shakib-Al Hasan has played 63 games, scoring 746 runs at an average of 21.31. He has taken 59 wickets at an economy of under 8.
Interestingly, this is not the first time when Shakib has opted to be unavailable for international assignments. In 2017, he took a 6-month break to manage his workload. Also, he will remain unavailable for white-ball tour to New Zealand in February-March.