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Loss of Shakib al Hasan Will be Costly for KKR

Shakib al Hasan Cricket India Kolkata Knight Riders KKR

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Despite the six-month ban being reduced to less than half that duration, Bangladesh’s superstar and all-rounder Shakib al Hasan will not be available to play for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the upcoming Champions League T20 season.

Hasan is serving the ban for his misdemeanor. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) recently decided to reduce his ban, a ruling that doesn’t apply to foreign domestic leagues. He needs a ‘No Objection Certificate’ from the BCB to play in the Champions League.

There’s no doubt he as an individual and KKR as a team will continue to fight for his inclusion this season. He’s an absolute stud on both sides of the field – offense and defense – and has been an integral part of the team’s two titles.

In the most recent championship run, Shakib scored 277 runs at a respectable strike rate of 149.34 along with 11 claimed wickets (economy rate of 6.68).

Potentially the worst outcome of all this is that KKR won’t be allowed to replace the suspended player with another international pick. The replacement must come from the list of players already on the roster.

“Clearly for Champions League Twenty20 he is not available to us,” said KKR CEO Venky Mysore. “Although we have the options it is unfortunate considering he is an important player for us. We just have to respect the BCB’s decision.”

Rohit Ghosh is a Senior Writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @RohitGhosh. “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.