Bangladesh players unlikely to feature in LPL

2020-09-29 at 08:45

Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan says that he doesn’t see any Bangladesh cricketers taking part in the Lanka Premier League as they are expected to be busy with their own domestic cricket.

The announcement ended Shakib Al Hasan chance to play in the competition after Sri Lanka Cricket announced that the premier all-rounder, who is currently serving a ban imposed by the ICC last year in October, is set to go under the hammer for the Lanka Premier League (LPL) auction, scheduled for October 1.

About 150 players have been listed by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) for the auction and Shakib remains one of them alongside the likes of Chris Gayle, Daren Sammy, Darren Bravo, Shahid Afridi, Colin Munro, Munaf Patel and Ravi Boapara.

However, BCB President Nazmul told reporters that it is unlikely that Bangladesh players will feature in this year’s LPL tournament.

The new franchise-based league that was initially scheduled to be held in late August is expected to be played from November 14 to December 6, though it might be delayed further due to the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

A total of five franchises will fight for the title while each franchise can have a total of 19 players in the squad comprising six international players and 13 local players.

It was reported that apart from Shakib, a few other Bangladesh cricketers who were expected to under the hammer were Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mustafizur Rahman, Sabbir Rahman and Mohammad Saifuddin.