The decision was made during an emergency meeting of the professional league committee of Bangladesh Football Federation Wednesday where it was also informed that all five registered foreign players can feature in a game instead of four
The kick-off date of the Bangladesh Premier League has been deferred for the second time as the 12th edition of the professional league is now rescheduled to begin on February 13, instead of January 30, with the participation of 13 clubs at seven different venues.
The decision was made during an emergency meeting of the professional league committee of Bangladesh Football Federation Wednesday where it was also informed that all five registered foreign players can feature in a game instead of four.
Abahani Limited, the six-time professional league champion, will play their AFC Cup play-off matches against Maziya Sports Recreational Club of Maldives at home Wednesday and away on February 12, while other clubs like holder Bashundhara Kings and former treble winner Sheikh Russle Krira Chakra also requested to defer the league.
“As Abahani have their AFC Cup fixtures Wednesday and on February 12, all the clubs agreed to set a new kick-off date which could benefit the club. So we decided to start the Bangladesh Premier League on February 13,” said Abdus Salam Murshedy, the chairman of the professional league committee Wednesday.
The premier league was first scheduled to begin on January 1 following the decision of the league committee meeting on August 26, before it was deferred to January 30 due to recently concluded Bangabandhu Gold Cup.
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Last season, the league kicked off on January 18.
It was earlier approved by executive committee to allow the clubs to register highest five foreign players, including one Asian-quota, but only four were eligible to play at a time, but Salam said they are considering to allow all five included in the 18-man matchday squad.
The federation also finalized the number of the venues to seven which would be the highest ever in the domestic league.
The new venue is Shaheed Dhirendranath Stadium in Comilla which was requested by Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited to make their home venue.
The other venues are Sheikh Kamal Stadium in Nilphamari (Bashundhara), Sylhet District Stadium (Sheikh Russel), Rafique Uddin Bhuiyan Stadium in Mymensingh (Saif Sporting Club), Sheikh Fazlul Haq Moni Stadium in Gopalganj (Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra), MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong (Chittagong Abahani Limited) and the Bangabandhu National Stadium for rest of the clubs – Abahani, Arambagh Krira Sangha, Lt. Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club Limited, Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society, Brothers Union, Police Sporting Club and Uttar Baridhara Club.
Meanwhile, the Women’s Football League has also been deferred by a week and is rescheduled to start next Friday instead of January 31.