Despite being a member of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), Shakib Al Hasan is expected to join the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by the end of March.
While BCB officials were not available for comment, Sportstar understands that Bangladesh superstar Chennai will join the squad – where he will make his campaign debut against Sunrisers Hyderabad on 11 April.
Shakib recently sparked controversy by accusing BCB and Board of Cricket Operations chairman Akram Khan of misrepresenting his decision to skip the Test series against Sri Lanka – clash with IPL fixers
And soon after Shakib’s allegations, Khan indicated that BCB would reconsider NOC for the role of Shakib in this edition of the IPL.
However, well-known sources have told the publication that the BCB is unlikely to withdraw the NOC, which would pave the way for the former Bangladesh captain to represent KKR.
In fact, after arriving in Dhaka from the United States a few days ago, Shakib resumed training on Wednesday at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur under the supervision of a national team throw-down specialist.
While Shakib has made some commitments for the next few days, he will have to undergo a mandatory seven-day tour when he arrives in India.
Shakib was asked for the Bangladesh tour of New Zealand and in February, BCB was asked for IPL approval, saying that it would help in the preparation of this year’s T20 World Cup – which will take place in India this year.
At the IPL auction on 19 February, KKRA bought him for Rs 3.2 crore and the team management was happy to team up with Shakib.