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BBPL nears conclusion with two play-off spots up for grabs

  • Published at 09:31 pm January 6th, 2020
Mahmudullah
Chattogram Challengers all-rounder Mahmudullah plays a shot in the nets during a practice session in Mirpur on Monday; January 6, 2020 Md Manik

Dhaka Platoon are strong contenders to take one of the two remaining seats in the final four

The last set of league matches in the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League T20 is set to begin at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Tuesday, with two out of four play-off spots still up for grabs.

With seven wins in 10 matches, both Rajshahi Royals and Chattogram Challegers have already cemented their places in the second round of the tournament. Rajshahi bagged wins over Sylhet Thunder and Rangpur Rangers in the Sylhet phase to confirm their place in the final four, while Chattogram confirmed their place with a six-wicket win over Khulna Tigers also in Sylhet.

Dhaka Platoon are strong contenders to take one of the two remaining seats in the final four. The team from the capital is currently in third place with six wins in nine matches.  

The Khulna Tigers are currently in fourth place with five wins in nine matches, but both Cumilla Warriors and Rangpur Rangers are hot on their heels. Khulna lost their previous two matches, opening up an opportunity for the latter two teams.

Cumilla are in high spirits after picking up their fourth win of the season in a nail-biter against Sylhet last week. The tense encounter went right to the Super Over.

Meanwhile, Rangpur have staged a comeback to notch four wins and stay alive in the competition, after a dreadful start to the season. The Rangers need to win both their remaining matches and hope for other results to go their way to seal a play-off berth.

In the afternoon game on Tuesday, Cumilla will take on bottom-dwelling Sylhet. In the evening game, a Chattogram Challengers side bolstered by the presence of West Indian legend Chris Gayle will take on Rajshahi Royals. 

The ongoing special edition of the BPL has failed to draw as much of a crowd as previous editions, mostly due to the absence of big-name overseas cricketers. Furthermore, the seven participating teams have been less generous with free tickets to supporters this year.

In the previous editions of the competition, run with the involvement of franchises, there was a marked increase in branding regarding the tournament. Each of the teams had also given out Tk1 crore worth of free tickets on average every season. The BCB and BPL Governing Council will be hoping for some excitement in the final phase of the league, in order to draw the attention of cricket followers in the capital and get them to the ground before the curtain falls.