Walton has been given the title rights of the first-class tournament for the second consecutive time
The Bangladesh Cricket Board Monday announced Walton Group as the title sponsor for the next three seasons of the National Cricket League.
Walton has been given the title rights of the first-class tournament for the second consecutive time.
Walton has been in a long journey with Bangladesh cricket.
The company has been the sponsor of the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League in the last eight editions.
Walton also owns team Central Zone in the franchise-based first-class tournament, the Bangladesh Cricket League.
The BCB recently floated the Expression of Interest for the 21st, 22nd and 23rd editions of the NCL.
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Walton was handed the rights in a press meet held at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Monday.
BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury, Walton Group executive director Uday Hakim, NCL tournament committee member secretary Rakib Haider Pavel and Walton Group additional director Milton Ahmed were present in the press conference.
“Walton is always responsive towards Bangladesh cricket. The company sponsors many different sports competitions around the country. Not only in domestic cricket but they also take part in international series and that lifts the image of the country. I will hope the relation between the BCB and Walton remains the same in future,” said Nizamuddin.
Meanwhile, Uday claimed Walton is different compared to the other sponsors in that they do not think only of the brand mileage.
“You will not find many sponsors showing interest in domestic competitions. Walton Group is different in that way. We want to promote domestic cricket because the competitions being competitive and of a standard will help Bangladesh at international level,” said Uday to reporters.
“We have a social responsibility. Walton will sponsor National Cricket League for the next two editions also and I would like to thank BCB for giving us the opportunity,” he added.
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The 21st edition of the NCL is scheduled to start Thursday.
The tournament this season has attracted attention due to the participation of star current national cricketers in the shape of Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah, Mustafizur Rahman and others.
Majority of the national cricketers are set to participate in the first two rounds of the tournament as part of their preparation for the two-match Test series against host India in November.
At the same time, the tournament is at the center of discussions in the cricket fraternity for the fitness regime that has been set by the BCB national selection panel.
A cricketer has to reach at least level 11 in Beep Test to get selected for the eight divisional teams.
There are however, cricketers who have failed the Test but are being considered for their track record and age in the competition.