Bangladeshi version of MCL to begin from September 1
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), in association with Imago Sports Management Limited, is all set to host a Masters Cricket League (MCL)-like tournament in September where retired legendary cricketers of Bangladesh cricket will take part. (নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ূন)
BCB director Khaled Mahmud Sujon, also a former Tigers captain and present team manager of Bangladesh national side, confirmed the news on Sunday during a press briefing at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.
The tournament will be called as Masters Cricket Carnival – Bangladesh (MCCB). The first phase of the tournament will be held at the Sheikh Kamal International Stadium in Cox’s Bazaar between September 1 and 3. Date for the final match is still undecided, but it’s likely to be held in Dhaka under floodlights.
Six teams will participate in the competition — Dhaka Metro, Dhaka Division, Khulna Division, Rajshahi Division, Chittagong Division and All Stars. All six teams will be franchise-based, with the former captains like Raqibul Hasan, Habibul Bashar Sumon, Akram Khan, Khaled Mahmud Sujon, Naimur Rahman Durjoy and Khaled Mashud Pilot leading the sides.
The high profile roster will also feature the former stars like Minhajul Abedin Nannu, Mohammad Salahuddin, Jalal Yunus, Faruque Ahmed and many others. Only those with at least 10 years of playing experience in the Dhaka Premier League will be eligible for the tournament. Each team will initially consist four players including the captain while the other players will be drafted through auction.
Earlier this year in January, the Emirates Cricket Board hosted the MCL in the UAE, contested by former international cricketers. The inaugural season consisted six teams.
The MCL received a 10-year approval from the ECB but faced difficulties before its first season over the status of “retired” international players, who were still contracted to other domestic competitions, as well as delays in player payments which almost led to players abandoning the tournament mid-season.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcricteam.com