The T20 World Cup is nearly upon us and the nations that will be taking part in it, will want to put up a serious fight. One such nation that will be participating in the tournament will be Bangladesh. The team from Asia has been slowly going up the ICC rankings. They have been progressing as a nation and the growth is quite evident. Keeping that in mind, they will want to play some good cricket in the upcoming international tournament.
With that being said, it has been confirmed that a couple of Bangladeshi players will not be playing in the second phase of the IPL 2021 tournament. The two players are Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman. One is from the Kolkata Knight Riders and the other is from the Rajasthan Royals.
What Was The Official Statement Made By Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hassan?
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hassan made a statement on the future of these two stars. He talked about the fact that they would not be receiving an NOC to play in the second half of the IPL tournament. He had his reasons and it was mainly to do with the upcoming T20 World Cup
The fact that Bangladesh wants to put in a serious performance and that they consider these two stars as their top players, showcases the mentality that they have. It is understandable as to why the BCB, along with other cricket boards from around the world would want to prevent some of their players from playing in this tournament now.
The official statement made by Nazmul Hassan read as, “It is almost impossible to provide NOC (for IPL) considering our international commitments. I don’t see any chance of giving it (NOC) to them. We have the (T20) World Cup coming up and now every match is important.”
These are not the only players who will be missing the tournament. Pat Cummins has already declared that he will not be coming back for the second half of the IPL 2021 tournament. His wife is pregnant and that is his priority at present.
Further, Jofra Archer may also be looking to skip the competition. He has made it clear that his focus will be on the T20 World Cup and the Ashes. This could hurt the tournament, as a lot of the top players could be missing from the business end of the domestic Indian tournament. The remaining part of the tournament will be held in UAE, as per the recent change in venue.
What Does This Mean For The Two Teams And How Will It Impact Their IPL 2021 Campaign?
A lot of teams have been weakened by the decision of some top players to drop out and not play again. This was not something that the BCCI would have planned. Already, they have lost a lot of money, due to the tournament being shifted to a foreign location. If many of these top players are a NO-SHOW, it could hurt their pockets yet again.
Further, that could have an impact on the earning of the ICC as well. Keeping these things in mind, the two cricketing bodies will want to get the most out of the competition that could be concluded in the UAE now. The fact that the pandemic hit India really hard has hurt the organizers and the tournament’s worth, as it had to be stopped in between. Now, the change in venue is a good thing for some, though as a tournament, it does not really server the purpose but is just a necessity for this year.
The BCCI will hope that the T20 World Cup does not get relocated too and that they can host it in India. Though a final decision is yet to be taken on that yet, it seems that this could be a last minute call. Hopefully, this time things work out better for the Board Of Control For Cricket in India, who last time ignored the advice of the IPL Governing Council and decided to keep the tournament in India, despite the growing number of Covid-19 cases. Let’s wait and watch how things develop now in the days to come.