Tuesday 24, May 2022
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Taskin prefers nat’l team over IPL

Bangladesh pacer Taskin Ahmed has already informed Indian Premier League franchise Lucknow Super Giants that he will not be available for the cash-rich tournament, said BCB cricket operations chairman Jalal Yunus.

‘He [Taskin] already informed that he will not be able to play in the IPL. He will play the South Africa series and will return home after completing the series,’ Jalal told reporters on Monday.

‘We have already talked with Taskin. He could understand and accept that IPL cannot be prioritised ahead of national duty.

‘National commitment is above everything. He came to this position because of playing for the national side. There will be no value if you are not playing for the national side.

With only five days go before the tournament, IPL franchise Lucknow showed their interest to rope in Taskin as a replacement of English pacer Mark Wood, who ruled him out of the tournament after sustaining an elbow injury.

‘The management of Lucknow Super Giants have contacted us as they are willing to rope in Taskin for the upcoming season. However, since the national team is engaged in a crucial series in South Africa and there are two important Test matches, we didn’t give him the permission or NOC. Let’s finish the series first, then we can think what’s next,’ Yunus said further.

Jalal believes that for every national contracted player’s national commitment must come first.

‘National commitment comes first. He [Taskin] has come so far due to playing in the national side. If you are not playing for the national team none is going to value you.’

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