BCB to fix DPL T20 in domestic calendar permanently
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced that the Dhaka Premier League T20 (DPL Twenty20) will be going on every season from now on.
BCB launched the newly formed league this year with an aim to bolster the shortest format cricket among local cricketers of the country and thus managing a pipe line for the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
”Whether the national players are available or not, we will organize this tournament every year and I firmly believe this will go on. This will happen along with the Premier League or even if there is no Premier League this tournament will still go on,”
BCB President Nazmul Hasan Papon said in a briefing.
In the initial edition of DPL, Lt Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club defeated Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club by 24 runs in the final at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
Nurul Hasan, who led champions Sheikh Jamal, also appreciated the texture of the tournament and the believed in the benefits that would be derived from such competition in the forthcoming future.
The runner-up Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club skipper Farhad Reza hinted to the neighboring countries that harbor manifold leagues of the shortest format of the game.
He said, “In India, there are a lot of T20 tournaments for their local players. So they learn to play well in the format and later make their presence in IPL as well as T20 internationals. Finally, we also got such a tournament exclusively for the local players.”
BCB President Nazmul Hasan further said,
“The best part is that it was quite competitive, even without national players or overseas cricketers. And people are following it.”
“61 cricketers made their debuts in T20 cricket and we believe (it) is a great achievement. And among them some of them are quite talented. We feel someday they might even play in the national team,” he added.