Bangladesh players at IPL 2024 auction: Uncertainty over availability looms

Bangladesh players at IPL 2024 auction are set to have a tense week ahead with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) faces a challenging decision of whether to let their players play the full season of the marquee league next year.

The IPL 2024 auction, set for December 19th in Dubai, has generated significant interest, with 333 players, including 119 overseas talents, ready to be bid on. Among them are three Bangladeshi pacers: Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, and Shoriful Islam.

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Taskin, with a base price of INR 75 Lakh, and Shoriful, priced at INR 50 Lakh, join Mustafizur, who commands a base price of INR 2 Crore. Their participation, however, hangs in the balance as the BCB deliberates over releasing them for the full season. The board's reluctance stems from a packed international schedule and the impending T20 World Cup in June, necessitating careful management of their premier bowlers.

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The IPL, scheduled to start on March 24, clashes with Bangladesh's home series against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. Sri Lanka's tour, adjusted to accommodate the Bangladesh Premier League, includes two Tests, three ODIs, and T20Is. Zimbabwe's visit in April and May further complicates the calendar, featuring two Tests and five T20Is.

BCB's cricket operation chairman, Jalal Yunus, emphasized the priority of national commitments, indicating that the players' participation in the full IPL season is unlikely if it conflicts with these commitments. 

This stance is not new for the BCB, which previously denied NOC (No Objection Certificate) to Taskin for IPL 2022 and an English County stint, despite his evident desire to participate in these leagues.

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Taskin's situation is particularly poignant. He declined an offer from Pakistan Super League's Multan Sultans to focus on the home series against England, demonstrating his commitment to national duties. 

However, his potential absence from the IPL, especially after missing out in 2022 when the Lucknow Super Giants expressed interest, highlights the delicate balance between individual aspirations and national responsibilities.

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The IPL auction takes place at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai, and will see teams vying for a maximum of 77 slots, with up to 30 reserved for overseas players. The event, starting at 1:00 PM IST on December 19, promises to be a battleground where franchises strategically invest in talent to bolster their squads.

For Bangladeshi players, the IPL represents a lucrative opportunity given that their international salaries aren’t too high. The BCB's decision, therefore, carries significant implications for the players' careers and the board's approach to balancing national interests with the growing allure of franchise cricket.

BCB's stance remains a crucial determinant, and is in line with the complex interplay between national duties and the global T20 franchise circuit that is dominating headlines of late.


Rohit is an experienced cricket writer based in India