BCB starts BCL planning

The National Cricket League (NCL) has just come to an end, and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB)’s Tournament Committee has already started planning to stage the franchise-based Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL) for the 2018 season.

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The BCL might get underway in the last week of November.

Initially the BCL was expected to commence on November 15, but that is not possible in current circumstances, as the national selectors have not yet prepared the squads for the league. However, BCB has provided a tentative date for its beginning — the BCL might roll onto the ground in the last week of the current month.

Minhajul Abedin Nannu, the chief selector of BCB, has admitted that they are yet to prepare the BCL squads. According to Nannu, they are delaying because of Bangladesh’s ongoing Test series against Zimbabwe. As soon as it finishes, and the practice match against the West Indies also happens, they will shift their focus on penning down the BCL squads.

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“We were busy with the ongoing Test series against Zimbabwe and National Cricket League. So, we are yet to prepare the squad for the BCL,” said Nannu.

“We will soon sit with the team management. Hopefully we could be ready it after the practice match what will be held on November 18-19 against the visiting West Indies. The practice match, a two-day affair, will take place at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chattogram,” he added.

The West Indies side, which is now playing a three-match T20I series in the neighbouring country India, will directly land in Chattogram on November 15. The full-fledged bilateral series between Bangladesh and West Indies will comprise two Tests, three ODIs and a one-off T20I match.

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