Two NCLs this year, BCL to resume as well
Two editions of first-class tournament National Cricket League (NCL) will be hosted in 2021.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has set its domestic cricketing schedule till 2023.
Regular domestic cricket is finally returning to Bangladesh this month. The 22nd NCL will start on March 22 and continue till April 30.
NCL will then return to its usual time phase – October to November. The 23rd NCL will run from October 15 to November 25 this year. The window remains same for the 24th and 25th editions in 2022 and 2023.
Another first-class tournament, Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL) will immediately follow October-November’s NCL. Starting from the 1st of December, the 9th BCL will be played till January 7, 2022.
The 10th BCL will be played throughout the December 2022.
NCL was last played in October-November 2019, which Khulna Division won. The BCL was hosted in 2020. South Zone clinched the tournament. East Zone Tamim Iqbal smashed a record 334* against Central Zone.
Bangladesh will spend most of their 2021-22 winter in playing Test matches. As per the FTP (Future Tours Programme), they will host Pakistan and Sri Lanka for two Tests each. They will then head to New Zealand for two Tests and three T20Is.
Bangladesh resumed to playing Test matches in February this year after getting over long hiatus due to coronavirus pandemic. The two Tests against West Indies went against their way, which scrutinises their Test preparations before touring Sri Lanka in April.
Ireland Wolves have played an unofficial Test match against Bangladesh Emerging team in Sylhet, in which the hosts claimed a comprehensive innings inside three days