Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has recently announced his withdrawal from the IPL 2023 due to a combination of international commitments and personal reasons. Here’s a closer look at the story behind this development:

Shakib Al Hasan Informs Kolkata Knight Riders of His Unavailability

On Sunday, Shakib informed his IPL team, the Kolkata Knight Riders, that he will not be able to participate in the IPL 2023 season. The franchise has begun the process of finding a replacement, pending approval from the IPL.

International Commitments Keep Shakib Busy

Several upcoming international matches are driving Shakib’s decision to withdraw from the IPL. Along with wicket-keeper Litton Das, Shakib had already missed Knight Riders’ first match of the season against Punjab Kings while playing a home T20I series against Ireland. On Tuesday, Bangladesh began their one-off Test match against Ireland, and Shakib Al Hasan and Litton Das are both part of the squad. After the one-off Test match against Ireland, Bangladesh is scheduled to tour the UK and play three ODIs against Ireland in Chelmsford on May 9, 12, and 14.

Shakib’s Personal Reasons Also Contribute to His Decision

In addition to his international commitments, Shakib has also cited personal reasons for his withdrawal from the IPL. Shakib Al Hasan has indicated that his reasons for not participating in the IPL 2023 are significant enough to keep him away from the tournament, although he has not disclosed the specifics of these reasons.

Shakib Al Hasan
KKR’s Shakib Al Hasan opts out of IPL 2023

Uncertainty Surrounds Litton Das’ Availability

KKR signed Litton Das at the 2023 player auction in December. It’s unclear if Litton Das will withdraw from the IPL despite his participation in the same two series against Ireland as Shakib Al Hasan.

Knight Riders Struggle With Player Unavailability

Shakib’s withdrawal is the latest in a series of setbacks for the Kolkata Knight Riders. Shreyas Iyer the team’s full-time captain has been ruled out of at least the first half of the season due to a back injury. Without Shakib, KKR has only six overseas players on their team, including Litton.

In conclusion, Shakib is withdrawing from the IPL 2023 season due to his international commitments and personal reasons. While the Kolkata Knight Riders face a challenging task in finding a suitable replacement, Shakib’s decision highlights the importance of balancing the demands of domestic and international cricket schedules.