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Not giving NOC to Shakib, Mustafizur for Indian T20 League: Bangladesh Cricket Board

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Bangladesh cricket team players Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman will not be given a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) to play in the remainder of the Indian T20 League 2021, the Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan has announced.

While all-rounder Shakib played only three matches for the Eoin Morgan-led Kolkata franchise this season, left-arm pacer Mustafizur featured in all the games for Rajasthan.

Bangladesh have three white-ball series scheduled against Australia, New Zealand, and England during the same window that the rescheduled Indian T20 League will take place.

"It is almost impossible to provide NOC (for Indian T20 League) considering our international commitments. I don't see any chance of giving it (NOC) to them. We have the (T20) World Cup coming up and now every match is important," Nazmul told Ekattor TV, a local Bengali news channel, on Sunday.

Interestingly, the England and Wales Cricket Board has also announced that no english players will feature in the rescheduled Indian T20 League due to a packed schedule. Meanwhile, Australia are yet to make any decision on the availability of their players. BCCI is also said to be negotiating with the West Indies Cricket Board to ensure the availability of Carribean players.

The Indian T20 League 2021 was suspended in the first week of May due to rising cases of COVID-19 within the tournament’s bio-bubble. The BCCI had recently announced that they will complete the rest of the season in UAE in September-October.

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