Shakib Al Hasan opts Dhaka Premier League over remaining Pakistan Super League 2021
This season of the Dhaka Premier League will be played in the T20 format, instead of the usual 50-overs format
Updated - May 11, 2021 8:00 pm
Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will be missing the remainder of the Pakistan Super League 2021. It has been reported that the all-rounder will be taking part in the Dhaka Premier League (DPL). Shakib was initially not in any of the squad for the 2021 edition of PSL but later called up as one of the replacement players.
He was picked up by Lahore Qalandars in a special replacement draft which was recently organized by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). There are two other Bangladesh players, Liton Das and Mahmudullah, who have signed for Karachi Kings and Multan Sultans respectively.
Officials from the Mohammedan Sporting Club, a traditional DPL club, have submitted a letter signed by the Bangladeshi cricketer, in which he has expressed a desire to take part in the domestic tournament. “We have submitted a letter signed by Shakib to CCDM (Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis) that says he is keen to take part in the competition for us,” Tarikul Islam Tito, a top official of MSC, told Cricbuzz.
Shakib Al Hasan all likely to sign up for Mohammedan Sporting Club
However, Mohammedan Sporting Club has to take permission from the Bangladesh Cricket Board to acquire the services of Shakib Al Hasan. As the all-rounder had not participated in the last edition because of his ban, this time around he is free to choose any team as he wishes. MSC has been trying its best to get him on board, but he has to get a clearance certificate from the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
“He (Shakib Al Hasan) will not play in the PSL and instead opted to be part of our team in DPL. He is a free player because he was not part of the 2019-20 DPL due to his ban and now as he is eligible to take part and we have shown our keenness to take him on our side. BCB is yet to grant him for us but we hope to get the permission soon,” Tito added.
This season of the Dhaka Premier League will be played in the T20 format, instead of the usual 50-overs format. The tournament is scheduled to start on May 31. The last season of the tournament had to be called off after just one round.