KKR’s Shakib Al Hasan opts out of IPL 2023

The Indian Premier League is underway, with a lot of big players missing the tournament due to injuries. From Jasprit Bumrah to Shreyas Iyer to Kyle Jamieson, many high-profile players are set to miss the tournament. Now, one more name has been added to the list.

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is set to miss the prestigious tournament due to international commitments and personal reasons. The star all-rounder, who has been a key player for Kolkata Knight Riders, reportedly informed his IPL franchise about his unavailability for the entire ongoing season.

Shakib Al Hasan had already missed the season-opener for KKR against Punjab Kings last weekend along with wicketkeeper-batter Litton Das, who was picked up by the franchise in the auction last December at his base price of ₹50 lakhs.

It was believed that Shakib Al Hasan would be available for selection post the T20I series against Ireland at home, which ended on March 31.

However, after the duo was named in the Test squad, it became clear that they could join the IPL franchise only after the match ends. Notably, Bangladesh Cricket Board had earlier informed the BCCI that its players would be available for IPL only from April 8 to May 1.

Having lost their opening match against Punjab Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders now face Royal Challengers Bangalore at their home, Eden Gardens, on 6th April.

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