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BPL wiser for past mistakes

  • Published at 08:21 pm December 10th, 2019
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View from the BPL opening ceremony in Dhaka Sunday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

In the previous season, absence of Ultra Edge, Snickometer and Hot Spot technology in the tournament's Decision Review System had made headlines, alongside many instances of errors in the broadcast

The Bangladesh Cricket Board has claimed to have learnt from its mistakes with the television broadcast production from the last season of the Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20. 

In that regard, the board and the BPL governing council have left no stone unturned in order to have the best production facilities for the Bangabandhu BPL T20, set to start Wednesday.

In the previous season, absence of Ultra Edge, Snickometer and Hot Spot technology in the tournament's Decision Review System had made headlines, alongside many instances of errors in the broadcast. 

Occasions have been numerous of commentators mispronouncing players' names and getting the names of fielding positions wrong while significant graphical errors had marred the viewers' TV experience.

“There is always learning from mistakes. This time we [BCB] tried to ensure the best of the technologies for [broadcast] production. Spider cam and drone will be used in broadcasting the matches. In Dhaka, we will have the spider cam because of the available facility, and in Chittagong and Sylhet we will have the drone,” said BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury to the media at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Tuesday.

“We had learnt a few production flaws through media reports last season. So this time we want to ensure the best production available. The tournament will start Wednesday and the commentators have already reached Dhaka. In case we need to enrich the commentator panel, we will look into it,” the BCB high-up added.

Despite efforts, things have not gone according to plan for the BCB thus far. 

The jersey unveiling ceremony of Rangpur Rangers Tuesday at the BCB facilities started after an hour’s delay.

A similar situation happened with the official captains’ photo session on the same day. 

Despite a delayed start, only five of the seven captains were present in the photo session as Mominul Haque came in as proxy of Dhaka Platoon skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza, while Mohammad Nabi of Rangpur could not reach the venue on time.   

As far as the teams’ operations are concerned, one team are yet to be ready with gears, such as helmets and batting pads, despite having a game on the opening day. 

Limited funds for day-to-day team operations has also incensed a few players of some teams.