Former Bangladesh captain Khaled Mashud Pilot has urged changes in Bangladesh domestic schedule. He hopes the Bangladesh Cricket Board would change the playing season of the tournaments.
The Dhaka Premier League occurs during the hot May-June time. The players also have to play during Ramadan. Mashud wants the first-class and 50-over tournaments to finish by mid-April while the BPL can be played in hotter weather.
“Implementing the domestic calendar during the season is everyone’s priority. It won’t be possible to hold back the [Dhaka Premier] league this season but these concerns should be addressed ahead of the next season. I would urge the BCB to finish the longer-version and one-day competitions by mid-April. They can think of a T20 tournament when the weather gets hotter. I believe such a step will help Bangladesh cricket,” he wrote in a Facebook post.
Power failures are regular sight in Bangladesh during summer. It affects the players as well. Mashud is unhappy about the facilities in country’s one and only List A tournament.
“Like every other place in the country right now, power failure is also affecting the stadiums. Cricketers don’t get adequate rest after returning from fielding for 50 overs. While there are generators in place for international matches, it is not the case for domestic games.
“It is quite embarrassing to find such a situation in the only List A tournament in the country in which local and foreign stars participate. A bigger challenge awaits from May 24 when the Super League begins. Ramadan is also starting on May 27 which is a major concern for me as a coach,” he added.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com