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Shakib, Mustafiz likely to leave IPL early

May 04, 2021 00:00:00

Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman might have to return to Bangladesh from the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) sooner than planned earlier due to the quarantine rule imposed by the health ministry, Nizamuddin Chowdhury, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief said on Monday, reports Cricbuzz.

As per a new quarantine rule, which came into effect from May 01, foreign travellers coming from India and South Africa will have to go through a 14-day quarantine before resuming work in the country. BCB will need special permission from the Directorate General of Health Services to avail any relaxation on that

Earlier, BCB managed to reduce the quarantine for their foreign coaching staff and cricketers but due to the intensity of the second wave of coronavirus, chances are slim that there will will be a relaxation for people coming from either India or South Africa.

The Bangladesh national team is expected to return from Sri Lanka and they are not expected to follow the same quarantine rule.

"We have asked them (Shakib and Mustafizur) to let us know what is their plan for the next 15 days while we have also asked the health ministry to know what kind of quarantine protocol the two players will need to follow,'' BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury told the online sports portal on Monday.

Initially, Shakib and Mustafizur, who are playing for Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals respectively in the ongoing IPL, were expected to return on May 19 and join the team after completing a three-day quarantine for the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, scheduled to start from May 23.

"If the health ministry suggests that they will have to follow seven or 14 days quarantine, they will have to return earlier than scheduled from IPL. But before that, we have to know what rules will be in place for them," he said.

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