BCB president confirms no BPL in 2020

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hossain Papon informed media that there is no chance of arranging the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) this year due to COVID-19.

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Competitive cricket has returned to Bangladesh after more than seven months with the start of the three-team one-day tournament at the Mirpur Shere-e-Bangla National Stadium. The first match was played between Shanto XI and Mahmudullah XI where BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon witnessed the game from the stands.

After the end of the one-day tournament, BCB are also looking to arrange a corporate T20 league this November with five teams. However, they have also confirmed that there is no chance of arranging BPL this year.

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“BPL is not happening this year. Let’s see it in next year. We do not want to miss any game but everything will depend on the situation and circumstances. Because whenever there is talk of BPL, there must be foreign cricketers. At the same time there is the matter of production. Now if we can do those in Bangladesh then we have no objection.”

“But it is a little bigger arrangement because of the number of players there and the team management are much higher. I don’t know if we are able to handle that or not,” he told reporters after the opening game.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is currently being played in UAE. When asked if there is any possibility to arrange BPL in another country, BCB said it is impossible for the franchise to bear such huge expenses.

“I don’t think it will be easy (organize the tournament outside). I tell you, when we go to run in Bangladesh (BPL), except for one or two franchises, the rest of us have a hard time to play the tournament. I heard it today the bio-security belt has to be created outside say in the UK and even in Dubai for the IPL as well and I don’t think it is possible for anyone. It is almost impossible for us to spend so much money,” he concluded.

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