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BPL GC confident about being on schedule

  • Published at 08:38 pm September 2nd, 2019
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“It’s all speculation. We are very confident of having the next BPL as per the schedule. We cannot help the speculations. The board and the BPL Governing Council are hopeful to have the tournament as planned,” said Jalal to reporters on Monday

Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 technical committee member Jalal Younus is hopeful about staging the next BPL tournament on schedule. The seventh BPL is scheduled for December 5 this year but there is a lot of pending work and time is running out.  They only have a little over three months in hand.

The BPL Governing Council (GC) first needs to renew the franchise with the existing teams and then ensure the tournament by-laws remain consistent with the ‘new four-year cycle.’ The BPL GC  also needs to find new owners for the Chittagong franchise in time, and introduce a new team to meet their ambition of turning the tournament into an eight-sided competition.

With a huge to-do list, there is doubt if the Bangladesh Cricket Board will be able to hold the tournament as planned.

“It’s all speculation. We are very confident of having the next BPL as per the schedule. We cannot help the speculations. The board and the BPL Governing Council are hopeful to have the tournament as planned,” said Jalal to reporters on Monday.

Queried about whether the work in progress for the seventh BPL tournament will finish in time, Jalal said: “We are yet to finalise the new owners for the Chittagong franchise. We have received EOIs from at least three interested parties and the board is supposed to sit and decide on it.”

“We are soon supposed to share the tournament by-laws and the renewed agreement with the franchises. The CEO [Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury] is not available at the moment; everything will be in motion once he comes back. I am personally hopeful the tournament will take place as planned,” said BCB director Jalal.

The future of the next BPL fell in jeopardy following differences in policy between the BPL GC and the existing franchises. Most of the BPL franchises were against BPL GC’s proposal of revamping the tournament by-laws to start a fresh tournament cycle.

To reach a common ground, the BPL GC later had individual meetings with each franchise, and the decision makers of the tournament are expected to prepare the tournament by-laws based on those discussions. Direct signing of one A+ category local cricketer and two overseas cricketers has been common practice for most of the franchises. A revenue sharing model for the franchises has also been very high on the agenda.