Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman regrets to play in the IPL 2020 after the postponement of the national team’s tour to Sri Lanka due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hasan asked Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to re-schedule the proposed 3-match Test Series next month as the board was not ready to abide by the host country’s 14-day quarantine rule.
“It would have been great to play the Test series. Sri Lanka’s proposal to have us quarantined for 14 days didn’t seem possible for us,” Mustafizur was quoted by Cricbuzz.
“You can’t sit in your room before such an important series, no matter how hard you train. BCB tried, but the 14-day quarantine is their law. I think we should respect it.
“If the BCB knew that the Sri Lanka series would be postponed, they would have given me the NOC (No Objection Certificate) for IPL. But whatever happens, happens for the best. I may have earned BDT (Bangladesh Taka) 1 crore had I played the IPL,” he added.
The BCB had earlier refused to grant Afijur a NOC to play the Pakistan Super League in 2015-16 due to injury concerns. The board gave them 30 lakh rupees as compensation. BCB’s cricket operations chairman Akram Khan has made it clear that he will not be paid any compensation this time.