Global T20 League hampers proceedings of BPL-5

BPL-5 sans opening ceremony!Due to the inclusion of a number of players in this year’s Global T20 League to be held at South Africa the Bangladesh Premier League franchises have become disappointed because they are already assigned with their respective teams.

The debut edition of the Global T20 League clashes badly starting from 4th November with the fifth edition of this year’s BPL starting at 3rd of November in Sylhet.

The BPL governing council had announced its event date almost two months before that of the South Africa’s premier T20 competition.

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The BPL governing council allows its franchises to directly recruit foreign cricketers and not to wait for the players’ draft.

Many of the franchises had started taking overseas cricketers from the first session of this year. The signings of these cricketers have been declared in mainstream media and social media platforms by the teams and the players simultaneously.

But things got worse when SA cricket announced the name of 90 international cricketers where seven of them are already signed with BPL franchise. The incident has put at least four BPL franchises in a bizarre scenario.

Chittagong Vikings signed Liam Dawson while West Indian cricketer Darren Sammy had committed to continue in his second year for Rajshahi Kings.

Khulna Titans are involved in the issue as well with the signings of English cricketer David Malan, West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite and Pakistan pacer Junaid Khan. It is known that many players have already requested the SA board to withdraw their name from the list.

There is also the case of a player not signing any document with the SA Global League but still finding his name on the list. It is also heard that the players have made several requests to CSA to remove their names but was unattended when this report was filed.

The Dhaka Dynamites’ official expects the BCB to speak on behalf of the BPL franchises. “We have sent a letter to CSA via BCB where requests have been made to exclude the players we have already signed. We have a clear agreement with those players which we can present if need be.”

“The players are committed to play for us in the BPL. It will be a big blow for the team if the players in question go unavailable with only a few months away from the tournament,” said the Dynamites CEO.

The situation is rather absurd comparing to any other domestic T20 leagues taking place in other parts of the globe.

Sakib Ahmed