BCB to arrange ‘Bangabandhu BPL’ without franchises
The decision of arranging the upcoming Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) has finally came to a conclusion on Monday as the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced that they will arrange this year’s tournament all by their own.
BCB President Nazmul Hassan Papon informed that the franchises’ demands can’t be fulfilled in any way and that is why, they have opted to take the tournament in their hand instead.
The tournament will be named as ‘Bangabandhu BPL’ to commemorate the occasion of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s 100th birthday.
BCB president said in the press conference;
“As you all know, the first cycle of the tournament has ended. We were set to strike a new deal with the franchises and we talked to them and have seen their reactions in the media. They have quite a few demands. Those demands are totally in conflict with our main module of the tournament. We were not able to accept their demands in any way.
A few of the franchises have said that they prefer that the BPL not take place this year since two tournaments in a single year will put a lot of pressure on them. After considering everything we have decided to run BPL ourselves without taking any franchises.
Another reason is that next year is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Bangabandhu. To pay homage we will run the tournament in his name and won’t hand it to the franchises.”
The president also said that teams will carry the names of their cities in case of name changes.
“The teams will be as they were and only the responsibility to manage the team will be on the BCB. The players’ transportation and accomodation will be managed by us. This will make others happy and those [franchises] who were not willing to play this year will be happy. Those who are thinking of financial loss will also be happy,” he concluded.