Sports news | BCB adds new clauses to the players’ central contracts after Shakib’s IPL request

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Dhaka, February 23rd (PTI) Premier all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan’s request for a longer stay at the IPL “disappointed” the Bangladesh Cricket Board and decided to add new clauses to players’ central contracts to avoid a similar situation future.

Shakib’s desire to play in the lucrative league in India at the expense of representing the national team in Tests against Sri Lanka in April has not been well received by BCB President Nazmul Hassan.

Signing the annual deal with new clauses would ensure that players commit to playing for Bangladesh.

“We will have a new contact with the players (for 2021),” Nazmul told reporters, according to ESPNcricinfo.

“It is clearly mentioned who wants to play which format. You have to let us know. If you have another engagement you have to be aware of their availability. It’s very open.

“It used to be dependent on individuals, but now we confirm it in writing so that no one can say they weren’t allowed or that we forcefully kept them.”

Nazmul spoke here after meeting his board members at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

The BCB boss had said there was no point in preventing Shakib from playing in the IPL after recently clarifying his intentions in one of the latter to the board.

“Couldn’t we stop Shakib (on the IPL)? He may have played, but we don’t want that,” said Nazmul.

“We only want those who really love the game to play. We tried to keep him interested. When Shakib refused to play Tests three years ago, we made him captain.”

Shakib will be returning to the IPL after his year-long ban on all types of cricket after Kolkata Knight Riders bought him for Rs.3.2 during the latest player auction.

The 33-year-old previously played for the Knight Riders between 2011 and 2017 and was a key member of their title winners in 2012 and 2014.

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