Sakib stuns BCB with NOC request

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Oct 23,2018

 
 

Sakib al Hasan

The Bangladesh Cricket Board is unlikely to allow all-rounder Sakib al Hasan participating in the UAE T20x in December considering the workload of the players ahead of World Cup next year, officials said.
Sakib left BCB officials stunned on Sunday when he requested for a No Objection Certificate for the tournament scheduled between December 23-January 1, though he was yet to recover from a finger injury completely.
‘Sakib communicated us his request for an NOC on Sunday night. But the board was yet to make any decision about it,’ BCB chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury told New Age.
BCB director and media committee chief Jalal Yunus said the board discussed the matter during an informal meeting in Mirpur on the same night Sakib had made his request.
BCB president Nazmul Hasan, members of selection committee, cricket operations committee and some influential directors were present in the meeting.
‘The BCB president has instructed the selectors to prepare a list of 20 to 22 cricketers, who could be in the World Cup squad,’ Jalal said.
‘The president wanted the players to be fully fit before the World Cup and instructed the other officials for their stress management.
‘We have number of series before the World Cup. So we must consider their workload. Every decision regarding players’ participation in a tournament will be made after a proper analysis of his workload,’ said Jalal.
Bangladesh are scheduled to host West Indies in November-December before the players move into the Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 tournament in January.
The Tigers will travel to New Zealand in February for a full-fledged international series before a tri-nation tournament in Ireland wrapped-up their preparations for the World Cup.
Sakib underwent an emergency surgery in his injured finger in late September in Dhaka before he travelled to Australia for further treatment.
While leaving home for Australia, the 31-year old all-rounder feared that his finger might not return 100 per cent normal again though he could continue playing cricket.
He was expected to make a comeback to competitive cricket with BPL in January, but after returning from Australia, Sakib changed his opinion and hinted that he might return early, possibly during some part of West Indies series.
His contradictory statements regarding the status of his injury left the officials confused as they were not completely sure about the healing period of his injury.
The BCB high-ups got some idea about it only after Sakib requested for the NOC to play in the UAE tournament, which came as surprise to all.

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