Bangladesh ace all-rounder Shakib al Hasan will miss the last part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to take part in the two-Test away series against Sri Lanka in May. The Tests are part of the second World Test Championship (WTC) programme.
According to Cricbuzz, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has informed the BCCI that Shakib will skip the IPL from May 8 to 23, because of the Tests against Bangladesh.
However, Mustafizur Rahman will be available for the full season. The presence of other Bangladesh players, like Liton Das, Taskin Ahmed and Shoriful Islam, is subject to their selection for the international matches – against South Africa and Sri Lanka.
About 220 overseas players have made themselves available for the IPL and of them 47 are from Australia, 33 from South Africa, 24 each from England and New Zealand, 23 from Sri Lanka and five from Bangladesh, among others.
Bangladesh’s whiz performers Shakib and Mustafizur, who have featured in the IPL on a regular basis, are included in the highest base-price category of 2 crore rupees while the likes of Liton, Taskin and Shoriful find themselves in the category of 50 lac rupees.
The tournament is set to feature a mega auction [February 12 and 13] for the first time since expanding into a 10-team tournament. The last mega auction was held in 2018 among eight teams.