The situation due to the Covid-19 pandemic around the globe and the cricketers’ commitment in the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League are understood to be the reasons behind turning down the opportunity to play in the 2020 edition
Bangladesh ODI captain Tamim Iqbal, T20I skipper Mahmudullah and pacer Mustafizur Rahman have turned down their respective offers for the upcoming season of the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20.
The situation due to the Covid-19 pandemic around the globe and the cricketers’ commitment in the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League are understood to be the reasons behind turning down the opportunity to play in the 2020 edition.
Both Tamim and Mahmudullah spoke to Dhaka Tribune Wednesday, confirming their respective decisions.
“I decided not to take the offer, firstly because of my commitment in the Dhaka League. The tournament is suspended, but as you know, we all are waiting for it to resume, which can happen any time,” said Tamim.
The Dhaka League, premier 50-over tournament of the country, has remained suspended since March this year due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Discussions between Bangladesh Cricket Board, Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis and the players have been a regular phenomena recently in order to get the tournament back to the field.
“And then there is also the issue with travelling. Owing to Covid-19, there are travel restrictions, and the route to the West Indies is very long. Say I make it to the islands and there is an emergency in my family, I will not be able to return easily. I do not want to take that chance,” Tamim explained.
Mahmudullah meanwhile, informed that his family did not allow him to agree to the stint.
“We have to agree that the situation due to Covid-19 is not right. I shared with my family about the offer, and they did not agree to it. I also thought, it will not be right to put them in a worry for me. Travelling to the West Indies will be very hectic, with so many transits and regulations to follow, you never know what you will face,” said Mahmudullah.
Mustafizur was unreachable for comment when this report was filed.
Tamim made his only appearance in the tournament in 2013 for Saint Lucia Zouks.
The left-handed batsman played seven matches for the CPL side, and scored 162 runs with a highest score of 75.
Mahmudullah has also appeared in the CPL just once, in 2017 for Jamaica Tallawahs, and played five games.
The all-rounder however, did not make any notable contributions, scoring just 11 runs and picking up only three wickets.
Left-arm paceman Mustafizur on the other hand is yet to make an appearance in the tournament.
The eighth edition of the CPL, the domestic T20 league in the West Indies, was initially planned to be played in six islands – Trinidad and Tobago, St Kitts and Nevis, Guyana, Barbados, Jamaica and St Lucia.
However, owing to the coronavirus pandemic, a request was made in June this year to play all the matches in Trinidad.
The six-team tournament is scheduled to start from August 18 and end on September 10.
The local government approved for the tournament to go ahead with all the games taking place at two venues behind closed doors.