Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan shocked the cricket fraternity by choosing IPL over national team duty against Sri Lanka which will be held in April. Much has been talked about and criticized about his decision.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), since then, has decided to let cricketers decide which format they want to play in the future. The cricketers will have options to choose their preferred format before getting in the central contract list. Mustafiz was snapped up by Rajasthan Royals for his base price of 1 crore rupees, but he is yet to decide whether he will skip the Sri Lanka Tests in favor of the cash-rich T20 franchise league in April.
BCB president Nazmul Hasan Papon told yesterday that he asked Mustafiz to send the team management a letter if he really wants to play in IPL.
Mustafiz, however, will wait to make his decision.
He told the media on Tuesday that he will always prefer national duty over any franchise league any day.
"For me, the national team comes first, always," Mustafiz said.
"If they include me in the Test squad, I'll play Test. If they don't, then I'll ask to leave for IPL."
"Country comes first," Mustafiz concluded.
He previously played for Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians in IPL.
Bangladesh are set to play two Tests against Sri Lanka in mid-April, their final assignment in the World Test Championship, where Bangladesh have played five Tests and sit at the bottom of the table with zero points.