Tamim, Mahmudallah and Fizz turn down CPL offers

The Daily Star July 15, 2020
Sports Reporter

Bangladesh ODI captain Tamim Iqbal, T20I captain Mahmudullah and pacer Mustafizur Rahman have turned down their respective offers for playing the upcoming season of the Caribbean Premier League.

“I decided not to take the offer firstly because of my commitment in Dhaka Premier League. The tournament is suspended but as you know we are all waiting for it to resume and it can happen any time,” said Tamim.

Dhaka Premier League has remained suspended since mid-March this year after the first round due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “There is also the issue with travelling. Due to the Covid-19 there is travel restrictions and route to West Indies is very long. Say I make it to the islands but there is an emergency in my family, I will not be able to return easy. I do not want to take that chance,” Tamim added.

Mahmudullah and Mustafizur were unreachable for a comment when this report was filed. Tamim made his only appearance in the tournament in 2013 for St Lucia Zouks.

Mahmudullah played in the CPL in 2017 for Jamaica Tallawahs and featured in five matches while left-arm pacer Mustafizur is yet to make his maiden appearance in the tournament.

The six-team tournament is scheduled to begin from August 18 and end on September 10. The local government approved for the tournament to go ahead with all the matches taking place at two venues behind closed doors.

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