Bangladesh speedster Taskin Ahmed overlooked a call from the Indian Premier League team Lucknow Super Giants due to tight national team duty, confirmed Jalal Yunus, the cricket operation chairman of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
Taskin is currently in South Africa to play a three-match ODI and two-match Test series. He has done well in the first two ODIs of the series.
“The Lucknow IPL team contacted us about Taskin,” Jalal said. “But we have a lot of matches coming up. In this situation, we don’t want Taskin to leave the national team and play in IPL.”
Jalal added that Taskin also wants to continue performing his national duty instead of IPL.
The pacer did not respond to UNB message for a comment.
Taskin started his international career back in 2014. He got his ODI cap against India when he bagged a five-for in Mirpur. Bangladesh, however, lost that rain-hit match.
Due to injury and off-forms, Taksin had been going through a chequered time in his international career. But in the last two years, the pacer proved his improvement in every format of cricket.
In his last 10 international bowling innings, he bagged 10 wickets. In his last 10 ODIs, Taksin conceded runs at an economy rate of under 5 with scalping 14 wickets with the best bowling of 4-46.
The pacer has recently expressed his desire to become the number one bowler in the world.