Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury has said the contracted players would be allowed only two No Objection Certificates (NOC) per year to play in overseas leagues.
The decision which will be in effect immediately was conveyed to the players through a letter that contained the new restrictions. The restrictions will get levied in leagues across all the formats, and the BCB has made it mandatory for players to participate in Bangladesh’s first-class tournaments.
“It is a principled, policy decision of the board. We will allow two NOCs per year. It will be on a case-by-case basis, and it is with immediate effect. We want to give them enough rest and manage their injuries. We want to ensure all our players are available for international matches,” Chowdhury was heard saying.
However, Debbabrata Paul, the Chairman of the Cricketers Welfare Association of Bangladesh did not agree with the decision, as he felt that the players were being deprived.
“This cannot happen, and this doesn’t happen anywhere in the world. It is being forced on the players. They are simply being deprived. We were not informed about it. We will definitely have to talk about it with the players,” he said when asked about the same.
Notably, Chowdhury did not specify the reasons that made them take this decision. It will mean that Shakib Al Hasan will be most affected, who is by far the most recognised cricketer in Bangladesh playing T20 leagues all around the world namely, IPL, BBL, PSL, CPL.
Other cricketers like Tamim Iqbal, Mustafizur Rahman and Mahmudullah who also started featuring in different leagues will now have to choose any two among the lot.
Reportedly, the board has refused NOC’s in the past especially in the case of Shakib, as he was banned for six months in 2014. But, the ban was lifted after considering his strong performance for the national team.
However, the contracted Bangladesh players didn’t want to comment on the same. It is also learned that the board has restricted players from talking to the media on certain issues.