Anticipated NCL starts Thursday
The 21st edition of Bangladesh’s top first-class tournament – National Cricket League is all set to kick off on October 10th with a heap of expectations to be fulfilled in the coming days.
Following Bangladesh’s humiliating loss to Afghanistan in a Test match month, the administrative Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has shaken up to improve the quality of first-class cricket as World Test Championship is just around the corner. The board has made participation in NCL compulsor for all the contracted players.
However, their Test captain Shakib Al Hasan will miss the first two rounds for Khulna Division. He is currently in Caribbean, playing for Barbados Tridents in CPL. Spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz and seamer Mustafizur Rahman will miss the first round of NCL.
This year BCB has made an attempt to improve players’ fitness, setting the minimum beep test score to 11 – although a number of players failed to reach the benchmark and yet will be available fot selection.
There have been questions raised over the pitches in Bangladeshi first-class cricket over the years. The board has promised to provide better tracks this season.
In the six rounds, consisting 24 matches, BCB will live telecast at least one match per round on their official Facebook page, marking the first-ever instance of domestic first-class cricket being telecasted live in Bangladesh.
Defending champions Rangpur Division will face Khulna Division in Khulna in Tier 1 while Dhaka Division will face Rajshahi Division in Fatullah in the same tier. The Tier 2 first round matches are: Barisal Division vs Sylhet Division in Rajshahi and Dhaka Metro vs Chattogram Division in Mirpur, Dhaka.