Mustafizur Rahman fails to obtain NOC to play in IPL
Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman has been refused a no-objection certificate (NOC) by the country's cricket board to take part in this year's edition of the Indian Premier League.
The left-armer had reportedly been approached by Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders as a late inclusion for the upcoming tournament in the UAE.
Mumbai Indians eventually replaced the outgoing Lasith Malinga with Australia's James Pattinson whereas the Knight Riders are yet to announce a replacement for injured pacer Harry Gurney.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has denied the NOC to Mustafizur given the paceman's obligations with the national side since the Tigers are set to tour Sri Lanka for a three-match Test series starting October 24. The IPL is expected to run from September 19 to November 10, creating a clash in the fixtures.
"Mustafizur had an offer from the IPL but we did not give him NOC as we have the Sri Lanka tour coming up. He is one of our important cricketers and the upcoming Sri Lanka series is also important to us,'' BCB cricket operations chairman Akram Khan said in an interaction with the media.
Mustafizur, who shot to prominence after picking a five-wicket haul on ODI debut five years ago, has played in 24 IPL games for Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians. His first stint in the lucrative league in 2016 saw him claim 17 wickets in just seven games as his bowling heroics helped Sunrisers clinch their maiden title.
Mustafizur's career, however, has been subject to frequent run-ins with injury woes causing him to lose the initial efficacy that marked his arrival onto the scene. The Bangladesh cricketing think-tank has often been forced to manage Mustafizur's workload with his red-ball appearances occurring rather sporadically.
He was allowed to register his name for the IPL 2020 auction at a base price of INR 1 crore but went unsold.