CPL 2020 is just around the corner and it is one of the big events in international cricket. The CPL schedule is also set and the inaugural match is set on 19th August 2020. In the light of the corona pandemic, all the matches will be played in a single stadium in Trinidad and Tobago. While all the franchises have started preparing rosters, three players from Bangladesh have refused to play in CPL 2020.
Tamim Iqbal along with Mahmadullah and Mustafizur have refused to play in CPL 2020 despite bagging lucrative offers. they have individually spoken to the media. It seems the three players share a common ground of not traveling abroad during the Covid-19 pandemic.
When asked, Tamim replied that the situation is not ideal for traveling. It will be difficult for him to play when he will not be able to focus on his game. He also added that during this time, traveling to and from Bangladesh is a difficult task and is not a hassle-free option.
The premier fast bowler also shared similar thoughts on his reluctance to play abroad. In addition to that, Bangladesh will soon be resuming the domestic cricket and this impacted his decision alongside the pandemic situation.
It has also come to light that the three major players refused because of their family members. Mahmudullah admitted that he was close to signing a deal with the franchise. But he refused later due to his family members.
On the other hand, Mustafizur would have played his maiden CPL tournament. The left-arm pacer had declined the offer. He said that the reason behind his action solely dependent on his national duty commitments. Moreover, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is planning to call a national training camp from mid-August. This will get realized if DPL doesn’t resume in the specified timeline.