BCCI to ban Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi players from participating in IPL: Reports
The 16th edition of the biggest cricket tournament is all set to begin on Friday, March 31. It will get underway with Gujarat Titans squaring off against Chennai Super Kings in the first game of the tournament at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
Two new teams made the last season a big hit, which is why expectations for the upcoming edition are sky high. It will come with a packed schedule of 74 games that will be played for more than two months, which has already begun with some injuries to some franchises.
But there are some reports that suggest that the participation of Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi players can be restricted in the league. Just like every season, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has scheduled an international series along with the IPL schedule, which might see Bangladeshi players miss some IPL games.
Notably, Shakib Al Hasan (KKR), Litton Das (KKR), and Mustafizur Rahman (DC) are part of the upcoming seasons. But they will only be available from April 9 to May 5, then after May 15, which has left the BCCI unhappy with its partial involvement in the tournament.
Meanwhile, four Sri Lankan players are part of the upcoming season: Wanindu Hasaranga, Matheesha Pathirana, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, and Maheesh Theekshana, who will miss the first week of the tournament due to the New Zealand tour.
The BCB president, Nazmul Hassan Papon, confirmed that the Bangladeshi players will be unavailable for the IPL due to national duties. A BCCI official confirmed to Insidesport, "Franchises would be sceptical about picking players from certain countries if they are here to play the tournament partly."
However, a franchise also revealed that the BCCI is unhappy with some player's partial involvement in the tournament. The Indian board might seem unhappy but the franchises hope that the situation with Bangaldeshi players might change in coming future.