Star foreign recruits of franchise teams inescapably increase the crowd attraction in each season of the Bangladesh Premier League but behind the scene, local talents are drenched under the stardom of big names of world cricket. Foreseeing the aftermath of the phenomenon, the Bangladesh Cricket Board pondered over the possibility of arranging a T20 tournament only with local cricketers of the country.
On Saturday, after the match between Dhaka Dynamites and Rajshahi Kings, the Dynamites’ coach Khaled Mahmud Sujon said for last two years, he has been keep reminding BCB about the importance of such an arrangement.
He said, “I’ve been saying this for last two years. It would be easy for franchises to find out talented cricketers and local uncapped performers also be able to play well from the beginning of a BPL season.”
When he was asked why local Bangladeshi cricketers are failing to perform well in the biggest domestic T20 tournament, Sujon said, “I cannot really find an answer about this. I said it is a matter of concern because BPL is a platform for everyone to perform. But there are another six-seven rounds still left in the competition. I believe Bangladeshi cricketers will do well in that.”
So far in the tournament, foreign cricketers of Dhaka Dynamites has taken the team to the top spot of the point table.
Khaled Mahmud Sujon has pointed it a matter of concern as well, “I’m little bit of worried really. In the last match Jahurul Islam Omi did well. He had that opportunity in the last match as well.”
“Jahurul and Nadif got out early because of their over aggressive attitude. But it is also not wise to expect from anyone in every match. We have won and everyone contributed to that,” he said.
Explaining the reasons behind a scattered a batting line up of Dhaka Dynamites even after playing three-four rounds of the tournament, Khaled Mahmud said, “In T20 cricket, it is not possible to maintain a fixed batting order. These are all parts of planning.”
He also said, “In the last match, Sangakkara was supposed to bat at number three. But we did not send him as right handed Afridi got out early. Sangakkara would bat at three if Lewis was back to the pavilion before Afridi. We just wanted to keep a right-left combination in the crease. Three to four batsmen always get ready in the dressing room. We just send whoever is needed out there. Like in the last match, Mosaddek was not sent to bat at all.”
With 9 points in 6 matches, Dhaka Dynamites is now standing at the top of the point table among seven participants this season.