Bangladesh’s ace allrounder Shakib Al Hasan won’t be seen in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL), the most exciting T20 extravaganza in the region, despite his rich IPL experience.
He has won the title twice, where Shakib has contributed with his all-round performance. But the world’s best all-rounder remained unsold in the latest auction of IPL-2022 last night.
- Shakib Al Hasan remained unsold in the auction of IPL-2022
- He scored 793 runs and took 63 wickets in 71 IPL matches thus far
- This can be advantageous for Bangladesh as there won’t be any hindrance for Shakib to play in upcoming series
In fact, Shakib remained unsold in any IPL auction for the first time in last 11 years. His base price in this year’s IPL was 20 million Indian rupees.
During the years 2011-2021, Shakib scored 793 runs with an average of 19.83 and a strike rate of 124.49 playing in 71 matches. He did taste more success in IPL with the ball, wherein he took 63 wickets at an average of 29.19 having an economy rate of 6.44.
This time, the IPL franchisees may have been hesitant to include Shakib in their teams as there was some concern about whether Shakib will be available for the entire season.
The very point to be noted here is Bangladesh has two series against South Africa and Sri Lanka during this year’s IPL.
Many think, however, Shakib’s exclusion can be advantageous for Bangladesh cricket as there won’t be any hindrance for him to play in upcoming bilateral series. With Shakib’s exclusion, fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman remains the only Bangladeshi player to feature in the upcoming IPL with the Delhi Capitals being his team.