One of the two new franchisees, Lucknow Super Giants is in a tight spot as many of their overseas players will miss the first few matches due to their National duty. In between that, Mark Wood who was purchased for INR 7.5 crore has been ruled out of IPL due to an elbow injury that he sustained during the first Test against West Indies.
After which, the mentor of the franchise Gautam Gambhir stated that they wanted Taskin Ahmed to join the squad as a replacement of Mark Wood and has even asked Taskin about the offer in reply Taskin asked for some time so he can discuss the matter with Bangladesh Cricket Board.
According to Kaler Kanth, Gambhir said –
“I want Bangladesh fast bowler Taskin Ahmed in the team and that is for the whole season. If he agrees to the offer, Taskin will have to leave for India before the next two Tests against South Africa,” Gambhir was quoted as saying.
Currently, Taskin Ahmed is in South Africa for the ODI series followed by a two-test match series. The test series will end on April 12th which will be quite late for the pacer to join Lucknow Super Giants.
Bangladesh Cricket Board denied the seamer from a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) to take part in the IPL
BCB cricket operations chairman Jalal Yunus has made a statement on Taksin Ahmed where he has stated that they feel it won’t be right for him to take part in IPL because of the Bangladesh schedule.
“Since we have two important series like the ongoing home tour of South Africa and the home series against India, we feel it won’t be right for him to take part in the IPL,” BCB cricket operations chairman Jalal Yunus was quoted as saying in the report.
“We have spoken with Taskin and he has understood the whole situation. He informed the franchise that he is not playing the IPL and will be available for the South Africa tour and later will return back home,” he added.
Lucknow Super Giants still have to announce the replacement for Mark Wood. Lucknow Super Giants will play their debut IPL match against the second new franchise Gujarat Titans on 28th March.