Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is currently serving a ban imposed on him by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and will be eligible to return to professional cricket on October 29. As per reports, the premier all-rounder is one of the cricketers to be auctioned for the upcoming Lanka Premier League (LPL), the franchise-based T20 tournament of Sri Lanka. But the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is not aware of this and the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) hasn't contacted the BCB regarding this, according to chief executive officer of BCB Nizam Uddin Chowdhury.
The presence of Shakib's name among the players to be auctioned for the LPL has created some uncertainty. Shakib's suspension will be over on October 28 whereas the auction will take place on October 1. The SLC hasn't made it clear if a player can be auctioned or not while he is suspended by the ICC.
Even if the southpaw can be auctioned, it's not sure if he would participate in the tournament. A cricketer has to be given a Non Objection Certificate (NOC) by the board if he wants to participate in a franchise T20 tournament. Nizam Uddin Chowdhury, the CEO of BCB, spoke regarding this on Saturday.
"Officially we haven't got a proposal. We will look into the matter once we get that. There is a procedure regarding the participation of our players in franchise T20 leagues. We will decide on this according to that," Chowdhury commented.
One of the BCB officials has contacted the ICC and come to know that Shakib can be auctioned for the LPL even if he is banned from professional cricket. But as the BCB haven't made aware of Shakib's participation in that tournament, it's not really worrying about that.
The LPL was supposed to be hosted on August, but deferred to November because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The five-team tournament will start on November 14 and the final will be held on December 6. The matches of the tournament will take place in Dambulla, Pallekele and Hambantota.
Shakib Al Hasan is set to return to international cricket in the second match of the three-match Test series between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka. The series will end three days before the commencement of LPL. But it is not yet hundred percent certain whether a franchise can rope in a cricketer while he is banned by the ICC.
The all-rounder is currently preparing himself ahead of his return at the BKSP. He will train there for about five weeks.