Taskin Ahmed IPL
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The Bangladesh Cricket Board is unwilling to allow Taskin Ahmed to play in the Indian Premier League to ensure his availability in the forthcoming two Tests against South Africa to be held from March 31 to April 12 as they are part of the ICC World Test Championship.

BCB’s cricket operations chairman Mohammad Jalal Yunus said that they are not going to issue any objection certificate for Taskin Ahmed to vie in the Indian Premier League due to their scheduled two-Test series against South Africa.

Lucknow Super Giants the franchise of the star-studded contention wanted to rope Taskin Ahmed for the season following the unavailability of Mark Wood who has been ruled out due to an elbow strain against West Indies at Antigua the last week.

‘When Taskin Ahmed is playing in the series they [Lucknow] wanted to rope him. BCCI along with the franchise [Lucknow] informed us in this respect,’ told BCB’s cricket operations chairman Mohammad Jalal Yunus on Monday.

‘We didn’t permit him as we have two significant Test matches ahead. First of all, let’s finish the series then we will see what do or what not to do.’

He further added that national duty always comes first for those who are under the national contract of the board.

‘National Commitment comes first. He has come so far due to playing on the national side. If you are not playing for the national team none is going to value you.’

He also said that the board meanwhile held a short meeting with Taskin Ahmed where the 26-year-old has shown his interest to play for the national side omitting the IPL starting on March 26.

‘We already talked to Taskin. He could understand the consequence and agreed with us.’

That meant only Mustafizur Rahman is going to play in the 2022 edition of IPL from Bangladesh.

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