MCCB draft on Tuesday

Ahead of the Bangladeshi version of MCL — Masters Cricket Carnival Bangladesh (MCCB) to be held at Sheikh Kamal International Stadium in Cox’s Bazaar from September 1, formalities are set to begin tomorrow (Tuesday), as a players’ draft will be arranged to determine the destination of the players.

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After the completion of the draft programme, a press conference will be arranged at BCB’s media center where the former star cricketers and national captains Akram Khan, Khaled Mahmud Sujon, Khaled Mashud Pilot and Habibul Bashar Sumon will reveal the details of the MCCB.

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Imago Sports Managament, the emerging sports managing company which is also managing the MCCB, confirmed the news through a press release on Monday. It also informed that only those players with at least five years of playing experience in the Dhaka Premier League will be eligible for the tournament.

The first phase of the tournament will be held at the Sheikh Kamal International Stadium in Cox’s Bazaar between September 1 and 3. Date for the final match is still undecided, but it’s likely to be held in Dhaka under floodlights on September 6 or 7, deepening on the availability of the ground.

Six teams will participate in the competition — Dhaka Metro, Dhaka Division, Khulna Division, Rajshahi Division, Chittagong Division and All Stars. All six teams will be franchise-based, with the former captains like Raqibul Hasan, Habibul Bashar Sumon, Akram Khan, Khaled Mahmud Sujon, Naimur Rahman Durjoy and Khaled Mashud Pilot leading the sides.

The high profile roster will also feature the former stars like Minhajul Abedin Nannu, Mohammad Salahuddin, Jalal Yunus, Faruque Ahmed and many others. Each team will initially consist four players including the captain while the other players will be drafted through Tuesday’s auction.

Whether or not all the games of the competition will be televised is a matter which hasn’t been finalized yet. But the final match in Dhaka could be televised live on one of the leading satellite channels of the country, while the day-night match under floodlights could also draw huge crowd for the summit clash.

– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcricteam.com

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