Taskin Ahmed saga: How Bangladesh made the right call to bar the bowler from playing IPL 2022 

Fast bowler Taskin Ahmed was denied a NOC to participate in IPL 2022 by BCB. We look at how Bangladesh made the right call in a crucial situation.

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By Samrat Chakraborty | Mar 25, 2022 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Bangladesh has grown into an unpredictable cricketing side over the last few years. They can never be written off with a knack of producing upsets and one such recent testament was their 2-1 One-Day International (ODI) series win over South Africa. It helped them create history by winning their first ever bi-later ODI series on the South African soil and much of the credit can be given to the players and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) management. 

Bangladesh started their ODI campaign with a 38 runs win over South Africa but the hosts bounced back to draw level at 1-1 with a seven-wicket victory in the second match. But the visitors bounced back strongly to register a nine-wicket victory in the final ODI and clinch the series. 

And the hero of the series was Bangladesh fast bowler Taskin Ahmed. 

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A large credit to Bangladesh’s recent ODI success over South Africa can be given to their management and the way they handled the interest shown in Ahmed by IPL franchise Lucknow Super Giants (LSG). 

Ahmed was on Monday denied a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to join Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) as a replacement of England seamer Mark Wood for IPL 2022.

The BCB highlighted that the veteran bowler is a crucial part of the national team setup and it will not be right to allow him to participate in the lucrative tournament during a crucial schedule.

Bangladesh will next take on South Africa in the two-Test series, starting from March 31 in Durban.

”Since we have two important series like the ongoing home tour of South Africa and the home series against Sri Lanka, we feel it won’t be right for him to take part in the IPL,” BCB cricket operations chairman Jalal Yunus told reporters.

Ahmed, in return, repaid the faith shown in him in the recently concluded ODI series as he picked up a five-wicket haul in the series decider after scalping three wickets in the opener to be adjudged the man-of-the-series. His presence will continue to be crucial in the visitors’ pursuit to script history in the upcoming Test series. 

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