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BCB to conduct Bangabandhu T20 instead of BPL this season

BPL, now will be held from the scheduled date of December 6, but not in a franchise-based system.

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BCB to conduct Bangabandhu T20 instead of BPL this season
Bangladesh Premier League. Photo: BCB

Following a fall-out with franchises, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has made steps forward with the arrangement of the seventh edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) with a total new concept.

BPL, now will be held from the scheduled date of December 6, but not in a franchise-based system instead, the BCB will hold the tournament and manage the teams by themselves in the T20 tournament.

The newly formed tournament is named ‘Bangabandhu BPL’ to mark the 100th birthday of the Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.Bangladesh, the information is revealed by BCB president Nazmul Hassan yesterday.

“The BPL is a tough task. We are yet to sign fresh agreements with the franchisees. We had meetings with them and many of the franchisees had a list of observations and demands.

“But it is not possible to meet those demands with the BPL model we currently have,” Hassan told reporters at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

“There are also a few franchises who are unhappy with having two editions of the tournament in the same year. It is not that they do not want to participate, but they have made that observation.

“So, having considered the whole situation, we will have a T20 tournament managed by the board this year. No franchises will be involved in this tournament. The tournament will be funded by the board,”

he added.

BCB president also informed that the regular BPL T20 will return to action from year 2020 under long-term plans.

“That way, the franchises will have clear guideline of the rules and regulations and can decide if they want to participate in the tournament or not,” said Nazmul.

Troubles shoot between BCB and franchises after Shakib al Hasan decided to move to Rangpur Riders from Dhaka Dynamites hurting the stakeholders of the Dynamites.

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