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The BPL drama series...

Update : 24 Nov 2015, 07:36 PM

Stampede at SBNS gate

The first noticeable irregularity in the 3rd Bangladesh Premier League actually occurred earlier than it was anticipated. With the opening match between Chittagong Vikings-Rangpur Riders going inside the stadium, a large group of Dhaka Dynamites supporters, led by the chairman of the Dhaka franchise Shayan F Rahman, came through the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium’s main entrance chanting “Dhaka, Dhaka”, without tickets or accreditation cards.

Some cars followed the “rally” inside and then entered the Dhaka team bus ahead of their game against Comilla Victorians. TV cameras rushed to the scene as it unfolded and captured the stampede that resulted from the gathering.

Witnesses said that there could have been many casualties had some of the security guards not opened up both parts of the gate. After the crowd was dispersed, hundreds of shoes and sandals were seen lying on either side of the gate. The routine security presence at the gate, which is in place to check tickets and accreditation cards, couldn’t intervene much as the rush was unprecedented.

 “The BCB president has condemned the incident,” Nizamuddin said, more than 24 hours after the incident. “We have to remember that the match is in Dhaka and they were Dhaka supporters. It was an expression of their excitement. But the board has warned them so that they don’t do it again.”

Sylhet’s cheap stunt

Matchday 2 unfolded a cheap drama staged by Sylhet Super Stars. The franchise officials failed to provide the BPL authorities the No Objection Certificates (NOC) of English pair Ravi Bopara and Josh Cobb before their game against the Vikings on Monday afternoon, but the length they went to curve the rules is beyond imagination.

Firstly, Mushfiqur Rahim, the SSS captain, walked out for the toss 26 minutes after the scheduled time and later he led a playing XI to field that was different from the one presented during the toss. What happened later only sparked a huge negative point to the tournament that already has enough stain on it.

Sources confirmed that the SSS officials tried to delay the game, buying more time for the NOCs to come, so that their foreign players can play. Question rises, why and how did the players got their BCB accreditation without the NOC in the first place? How could Mushfiq, Bangladesh’s Test skipper, allow or comply such unethical activity? 

Meanwhile, the dispute probably went a bit far with Tamim getting involved in a verbal battle with Sylhet owner Azizul Islam. In the process, Azizul used abusive words against the Tigers opening batsman which the cricketer later brought in notice of the authorities.

“The disciplinary committee has already started working on the matter. It was unfortunate to see the members of the two franchises get into dispute. The committee will try get as deep possible into the incident and find out of what exactly happened,” said the BCB CEO yesterday.

Cricketers Welfare Association in Bangladesh (CWAB) demanded an accurate investigation and blamed the BPL authorities and Sylhet management for displaying lack of professionalism. At the same time the organisation termed Sylhet owner Azizul’s behaniour as unfortunate and unacceptable. 


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