Mustafizur, who played for Sunrisers Hyderabad last year, helped them win their maiden IPL title with 17 scalps in total. His presence, however, stirred excitement in the tournament, making him the man to look out for every time he was handed the ball. On the other hand, Shakib plays for Kolkata Knight Riders, the two time IPL champions, and has been one of their key players in the squad.
Since Hyderabad will play host in the first match of the season against last year’s runners-up Royal Challengers Bangalore, the side owners would be slightly worried, realizing their prime bowler is not in the squad. Though, for Gautam Gambhir’s KKR, Shakib’s absence would hurt, as already the services of Andre Russell has been abandoned by the ICC.