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Coaches stress on consistent BPL rules

  • Published at 10:53 pm August 7th, 2019
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Ahead of every season the disputes over setting "new rules" to accommodate certain advantage to a team or teams making so much chaos and aberrations that these anomalies become the headlines rather than the actual tournament

Frequent changes of rules in Bangladesh Premier League T20 has resulted regular disputes between the governing council of the tournament and the franchises. 

Ahead of every season the disputes over setting "new rules" to accommodate certain advantage to a team or teams making so much chaos and aberrations that these anomalies become the headlines rather than the actual tournament.  

The recent such thing to catch all attentions was the BPL GC’s decision to reset the existing regulations and start fresh from the seventh edition of the tournament which is set to start in December this year. 

The decision has not only irked majority of the franchises who were setting a tone for the upcoming season but pushed Rangpur Riders to the limit and made the franchise threaten to exit from the T20 competition. 

The 2017 BPL T20 champions Riders strongly believe that the decision to overhaul the regulations from the tournament committee has arrived because the franchise had signed all-rounder Shakib al Hasan and this had upset the cricketer’s previous team Dhaka Dynamites.

Basking with 12 years of coaching experience in T20 leagues around the world, Tom Moody, the former Australian cricketer, believes the integrity of the tournament can be questioned both locally and internationally if rules are frequently changing.

“Having been involved in many T20 leagues over the past 12 years it has become very clear that one of the most important elements is the consistency of the playing conditions and the rules set out for the franchises,” said Rangpur head coach Moody to the media Wednesday.

“It is not important only for the franchises or the management, it is crucial for the fan base to have an understanding of what playing group not only local but international they are following. It gives them a loyal fan base. If we see things constantly changing on a whim the integrity of the tournament can be questioned both locally and internationally,” the former Australia batsman added.

On the other hand, former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene emphasized the franchises should have at least one local icon and one or two foreign direct signings in the bag when the franchises walks into the draft and if things are starting fresh. 

Jayawardene guided IPL T20 side Mumbai Indians to the title this year and worked as head coach of BPL franchise Khulna Titans for past two seasons. 

“If you want to start on a clean slate then having one local icon as a direct signing and one or two foreign direct signings, then it is quite fine for the franchises. But after that every other player should be either in the draft or in an auction,” said Jayawardene.

“And if you are having an auction then you can always have a salary cap. Say it is $1m or $1.5m is the salary cap to spend in the auction. You can reduce the money from the purse that has already been spent on the direct signings and then the rest of the money is what you can spend in the auction. That way it is quite a fair way of setting up the franchise as well as that gives competitiveness into the tournament because then most of the teams will be equally balanced. That’s what the public wants and that’s what will be healthy for Bangladesh cricket,” the Sri Lanka legend explained.

Jayawardene, a lifetime honorary member of the Marylebone Cricket Club, has also put light on the importance of the franchises of having the option of remaining with a set of players for a long-term basis unless a player is put back into the draft or auction.

Former Bangladesh and BPL T20 coach Sarwar Imran echoed same sentiments to Jayawardene. Sarwar however added the long-term relation between a franchise and a player should be based on mutual understanding.

“Forming a team and the operating the team becomes difficult if there are no consistent set of rules. In first BPL we [Barisal Burners] had played the finals but there were some issues with the rules. Not having consistent regulations hampers the standard of the tournament and there is no value of such tournaments internationally. As far as sticking to a core group of players is concerned, it should happen on mutual basis. Finest of teams are built with a core group of players but the players should have the liberty to move. There might be cases when a player is not comfortable playing for a team. If you look into history of Bangladesh cricket, there have been many players who played most part of their career for a particular club, so the understanding should be both ways,” Sarwar said.