Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has denied No Objection Certificate (NOC) to star fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman to take part in IPL 2020. The cricket board cited that they have declined permission due to his obligation with the national team.
According to a report in Cricbuzz, Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders had approached Mustafizur as a replacement. Incidentally, Mumbai had lost their campaigner Lasith Malinga due to personal reason, while the Knight Riders will miss the service of Harry Gurney.
Mustafizur denied NOC for IPL 2020
However, BCB refused the NOC since Bangladesh are set to tour Sri Lanka for a three-match Test series. The series will commence from October 24 when IPL 2020 will underway in the UAE.
“Yes, he [Mustafizur] had an offer from the IPL but we did not give him NOC as we have the Sri Lanka tour coming up,” BCB cricket operation chairman Akram Khan confirmed to Cricbuzz on Friday (September 4).
Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians have roped in veteran Australian fast bowler James Pattinson as a replacement for Lasith Malinga. But Kolkata Knight Riders are yet to announce Gurney’s replacement. It will be interesting if the franchisee wants a backup at all in the tournament with a number of quality pacers in their ranks.
Earlier, BCB had allowed Mustafizur Rahman to register for the Indian Premier League auction in order to regain his form. However, they had also barred him from playing T20 league due to him being prone to injuries. So far, he has played 24 IPL games and has 24 wickets at an average of 28.54.
Bangladesh are planning to host a week-long residential camp ahead of the Sri Lanka series. Mustafizur will be a part of the training camp which is likely to start from September 21.