The BCB had made it mandatory for the BBPL teams to have one overseas paceman capable of bowling over 140kph and a leggie who must bowl his full quota of four overs in every game
Playing an overseas pacer bowling at 140kph and a leg-spinner who must bowl four overs in every game is a “priority, not mandatory”, claimed Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 side Rangpur Rangers’ team director Enayet Hossain Siraj.
The statement from Enayet came as a contradiction to the rule that was set by the Bangladesh Cricket Board following disputes between the BPL governing council and the franchises who have been done away with for the season.
The BCB had made it mandatory for the BBPL teams to have one overseas paceman capable of bowling over 140kph and a leggie who must bowl his full quota of four overs in every game.
BCB director Mahbub Anam had announced the diktat during a press conference in October this year.
“BCB wants this BPL to be about improving Bangladesh's cricketers in T20s, so we want to make sure that our batsmen and bowlers get enough opportunities [against quicks and leg-spinners], something that was not possible when it was a franchise-based BPL,” Mahbub had said.
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Such strong were the intentions of the BCB that it sacked two coaches in the first-class tournament for not picking leg-spinners, though available, in their playing XIs.
But as evidenced in the last few days in the BBPL, many are not taking the BCB’s intention into consideration.
Rangers team director Enayet claimed there is no such rule written in the playing conditions of the tournament.
“It is not being imposed but we will try to have a leg-spinner in the team. And for playing a pacer bowling at 140, the wicket has to be of that sort. Then there is also the fact of team combination. We will give priority to play leg-spinner,” said Enayet to the media during the jersey unveiling ceremony of Rangpur at BCB Media Center Tuesday.
“I do not think it is mandatory. We [Bangladesh] have a lacking with leg-spinners so we have to prioritize. But there is nothing in the playing conditions. For national interest, we will try to play leg-spinner,” Enayet, also a BCB director, added.
Meanwhile, Enayet has come in as the team director of Rangers in place of Akram Khan.
According to Enayet, Rangpur are being sponsored by Incepta, a company where Enayet holds stake.
When this report was filed, Akram was set to remain with Rangpur but without a defined role.
Enayet’s move meanwhile, from Rajshahi Royals to Rangpur has now left the former without a team director.