DPL moves to Dhaka from Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar
The first three rounds of the 2020 edition of Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League will now take place in Dhaka instead of Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar following a changed circumstance in light of coronavirus threat.
The Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis took the decision on Wednesday (March 11).
Initially it was announced by the CCDM chairman Kazi Inam that the first phase of the 50-over competition will be played at Sheikh Kamal International Stadium in Cox’s Bazar and Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.
Though doubts were cast upon the future of DPL amidst coronavirus fears, CCDM member secretary Ali Hossain confirmed that the league would start at the scheduled time after a meeting that took place Wednesday.
“We have decided to shift the Dhaka league matches from Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar to Dhaka but there are The Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur will host the opening match of the league while there will be two others venues in the form of BKSP and Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah stadium as the two other venues for the league,” said Ali Hossain.
The country’s premier 50-over tournament is scheduled to start from March 15, with Abahani to take on Partex in the opening fixture.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hasan Papon on Wednesday said, “There are no problems with the DPL as crowd gathering is very minimum. So there is no chance of postponing DPL at the moment.”