IPL franchises, which had Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman in their radar for the upcoming Player Auction in 6 February in Bengaluru, have suffered a huge blow. The Bangladesh Cricket Board have decided not to grant a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to the player for IPL 2016 and the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
One had thought that the player would have no problems participating in the IPL, but the BCB took this stance as they did not want to burden their star bowler with too many matches. At present, Rahman is undergoing a rehabilitation process as he had suffered a shoulder and elbow injury in the T20 series against Zimbabwe.
"Mustafizur sustained a shoulder and elbow injury during the second T20I against Zimbabwe. So he is going through a rehabilitation process at the moment. And we think it will be burden for him to play so many cricket at stretch. That's the reason why we won't provide him the NOC," bdcricteam.com quoted BCB President Nazmul Hasan Papon as saying.
"We won't let Mustafizur to play in any foreign franchise based tournament in near future, irrespective of IPL or PSL."
The ninth edition of the IPL, which is set to start on 9 April, will consist of around 60 matches which could be a huge burden to a player.
Mustafizur Rahman, who has been doing well in the international arena, might have attracted huge interest in the auction as he could have been a huge asset with his exploits with the ball. Franchises could easily have bid for the player in the auction as he had a base price of a reasonable Rs 50 lakh.
However, the franchises will have to now set their sights on other Bangladesh players such as Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar and Taskin Ahmed, who are expected to be up for grabs in the auction. Their star player Shakib-Al Hasan has been retained by the Kolkata Knight Riders.
More than the IPL, it is the PSL which will suffer a huge blow as the player had already been picked by PSL franchise Lahore Qalandars. The PSL starts in February.