The IPL 2024 mini-auction is approaching soon and is filled with many tense moments. Three Bangladeshi cricketers are on the auctioneer’s block and the IPL 2024 auction event is grandly set to take place in Dubai on 19th December 2023. Simultaneously, BCB approval for IPL 2024, remains pending, thereby keeping fans questioned.
Especially, the BCB ( Bangladesh Cricket Board) is in dilemma by facing the clash in the schedule. As a result, the board may not release the top 3 highest paid Bangladesh players in IPL 2024 namely Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, and Shoriful Islam.
Mustafizur Rahman, set with the highest base price of INR 2 crore was set to enter the grand auction. Whereas Taskin Ahmed and Shoriful Islam have secured a deal of INR 75 lakhs and 50 lakhs. These 3 Bangladeshi cricketers in the IPL auction 2024 remain uncertain to attract the attention of the franchises.
Meanwhile, Shakib Al Hasan has decided to withdraw his participation in the IPL 2024 auction due to his national commitments.
Moreover, the Board is actively prioritizing the freshness of their players for the ICC T20 World Cup 2024.
No Bangladeshi Players in IPL?
On 23rd March, the IPL 2024 will commence according to the schedule, and simultaneously Bangladesh as hosts will engage in the multi-format series against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.
Mostly, Sri Lanka will arrive in the first week of March to play the multi-format series that includes 2 Tests, 3 ODIs, and T20Is. Also, the Bangladesh cricket team will play 2 tests and 5T20Is against Zimbabwe in April 2024.
The Sri Lankans arrive in the first week of March rather than the last week of February. The BCB has to accommodate according to the BPL (Bangladesh Premier League) schedule organized between 19th January to 1st March 2024.
As a result, there is uncertainty about Bangladesh cricketers in IPL 2024. Moreover, a lack of confirmation about BCB approval for IPL 2024 left fans questioning.
Earlier Taskin Ahmed refused the offer from Multan Sultan in the preceding edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), to undergo a training session for the series against England.
Also, Taskin was close to playing in the IPL 2022 season for Lucknow Super Giants. As a replacement for England’s injured pace bowler Mark Wood, Taskin had an opportunity to prove his talent. However, the Board hadn’t granted an NOC ( No Objection Certificate) to him.
Among these three players mentioned, Mustafizur Rahman stands out as the sole Bangladeshi cricketer, who has been featured for SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH), Mumbai Indians (MI), Delhi Capitals (DC) and Rajasthan Royals (RR).
BCB operational chairman Jalal Yunus has stated that there are slim chances for the Bangladesh cricketers in IPL 2024 entirely if the schedule conflicts with the national commitments.
Furthermore, Jalal stresses the importance of the 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup by considering the injury management factors.
BCB Approval for IPL 2024: Overall Facts about the Bangladesh cricketers in the upcoming season
With an unplanned clash for the forthcoming edition of the IPL ( Indian Premier League), it remains to witness the BCB approval for IPL 2024.
Also, the BCB has a huge challenge of ensuring their players do not undergo any extreme fatigue or injury which is a major crisis for the board, team management, and selectors at a crucial stage.
The coincidence of the Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe series makes participation complicated for the Bangladesh players in IPL 2024.
Typically, the IPL franchises focus on retaining the cricketers who can contribute with their consistent performance for the entire season. At times, players can be secured for a part of the season.
If Taskin Ahmed isn’t available for the initial part of the season, then
It becomes evident that the pace bowler wouldn’t be available for the entire edition.
Possibly, there are certain chances for the BCB to approve the participation either for specific players or parts of the season.
Notably, Shakib Al Hasan disclosed that his manager initially registered his name for the PSL 2024 draft. But, Shakib voluntarily canceled due to his national and league commitments.
As a result, Shakib recovering from a finger injury after the CWC 2023 tournament, clarified that he wouldn’t be playing franchise cricket. However, Shakib plans to return to action after the parliamentary elections in January 2024.
Moreover, Shakib’s name was missing from the list of 333 players registered for the IPL 2024 mini-auction.
Nevertheless, the BCB has yet to make its final decision about Bangladesh players in the IPL auction 2024. Conclusively, the BCB is cautious by prioritizing their premium bowlers to remain in superior form ahead of the T20 World Cup 2024.