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Harsha Bhogle defends Shakib’s decision to choose IPL over country

Modern day cricket is witnessing more and more cricketers opting for franchise leagues over international cricket, especially when there is a big event like IPL.

Shakib will be seen in KKR colours again. ©IPL


Shakib Al Hasan was granted leave to play IPL at the same time when Bangladesh will be taking on Sri Lanka for two Tests at their backyard.

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Shakib was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders at a price of 3.2 crore Indian rupees. He represented the franchise from 2011 to 2017. The later two years had him in Sunrisers Hyderabad colours. He missed the 2020 edition as he was suspended by the ICC but now he joins his ‘second home’ KKR in 2021.

Cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle has batted for the ace all-rounder in his decision to choose IPL over international cricket.

With T20 World Cups in 2021 (India) and 2022 (Australia) knocking the door, Bhogle feels it was a wise decision to prioritise IPL, “More people choosing to play the IPL over tests for their country. Shakib will play for KKR instead of tests against Sri Lanka. With two T20 World Cups and a 50 over World Cup in the next two years, the priorities are becoming easier to articulate.”

Mustafizur Rahman is the other Bangladeshi in this year’s IPL. He has been inconsistent in the Test arena. Only time will say whether he will receive the same treatment from BCB like Shakib did.

New Zealand players are expected to miss part of Bangladesh series in March-April and Test series in England in June. The board said it would take pragmatic approach towards allowing players to leave.

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