With the IPL well underway, all teams are scrambling to bring out the best lineup possible. However, that means that some players have to be released. Parvez Rasool and Unmukt Chand are two such players. But, this does not mean that the two are sitting idle, instead they are participating in the Dhaka Premier League. Rasool is currently playing for Gazi Group Cricketers and has already scored a half-century in one match. Rasool had been released by the Royal Challengers Bangalore but was recalled by his new team Rising Pune Supergiant as a replacement for Ravichandran Ashwin, where he didn’t make much of an impact.
Chand, who was previously with the Mumbai Indians franchise, joined the Prime Bank Cricket Club and registered an easy win against Kalabagan Krira Chakra with a 100-ball 61. Chand later tweeted about the win and thanked his teammates for the support.
— Unmukt Chand (@UnmuktChand9) April 14, 2017
The Dhaka Premier League has attracted players like Ravi Bopara, Sean Williams, Chamara Kapugedera and others. “It was a decision made purely on cricket perspective. I am a player and want to play at highest level wherever I get the opportunity. Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League is top 50-over cricket event of Bangladesh. I have already got NOC (No Objection Certificate) from BCCI and currently, I am on way to Dhaka,” said Rasool “It is a high-profile event that attracts some of the known players from around the world. Since 2015, BCCI has also allowed its players to take part in it as it is List A. BCCI doesn’t allow its players to take part in T20 events. Apart from overseas players, there will be a number of Bangladeshi top cricketers so the competition level would be high.”
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has been hesitant to provide NOCs to Indian players for T20 tournaments but has no qualms with 50-over tournaments like the DPL.