The new start date of BPL 2019 announced
The seventh edition of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) will start from December 11 this year. Before that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the tournament on December 8. BCB President Nazmul Hassan Papon confirmed the information to the media in Mirpur on Wednesday, November 6.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had earlier announced that this year’s BPL will be organized to celebrate the birth anniversary of father of Bengali nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The seven-team mega event is no longer a franchise-based tournament.
Player Draft will be on November 17. The tournament will commence on December 11. Earlier, it was supposed to be inaugurated on December 4 and the match was scheduled to start from December 6.
“Initially we wanted to start BPL on 6th December. But I was going to do an opening event, I was thinking about when to do it. Bangabandhu’s birth centenary countdown will be starting from 8th December, it is announced by the government. On that day, Prime Minister agreed that she herself would come to inaugurate the BPL. She will inaugurate what we think is great for us,” Nazmul Hassan said.
This year’s BPL will be the most dazzling domestic league in the history of Bangladesh. “Since being in the name of Bangabandhu, it should be done diligently. All I can say is that nothing has been organized so brilliantly like this year’s BPL in the history of the cricket board. There is a desire to do something like this. There will be a lot of big programs, I don’t want to say about organizing now. But there will be many more. There is so much more to do in Bangladesh than ever before,” BCB President said.
“November 14 is Bangladesh’s first Test match against India. The player cannot be drafted at this time. So we have decided that November 17th will be the Player Draft. And the game starts on the 11th of December,” he added.