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BCB receives nine applications for BPL teams

BPL 2023 clashes with Emirates and South Africa's T20 leagues

Update : 01 Sep 2022, 04:22 AM

The Bangladesh Cricket Board has received at least nine Expressions of Interest to own a franchise in the Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20.

The date of submission of the EOI ended last Tuesday.

The BCB has decided to give away the rights of the BPL teams for the next three seasons of the tournament as part of the long-term plans of the money-spinning competition. 

However, previous popular franchises in the shape of three-time champions Comilla Victorians and Khulna Titans owned by Gemcon Group did not show interest to participate in the tournament.

Dhaka Dynamites owned by Beximco Group was also on the same boat with the Victorians and the Titans.

However Wednesday evening word spread out in the fraternity that the Dynamites will take part after all. 

Former champions Rangpur Riders owned by Bashundhara Group has submitted the EOI.

The lack of interest among the most reliable BPL franchise owners is mainly due to the clash in tournament schedule with two other T20 leagues.

BCB had slated January 2021 to hold the next edition of the BPL but the schedule directly clashes with the inaugural edition of UAE's International League T20 along with the South African CSA T20 Challenge League.

The BCB has scheduled to hold the 2023 BPL from January 5 to February 16.

There is also a scarcity of quality overseas players.

Majority of the T20 league mercenaries have already joined either the IL T20 or the CSA T20. 

BCB had previously rejected the request to shift the dates for the upcoming BPL from the Emirates Cricket Board.

However, given the situation it is likely that BPL might shift to March 2023.

If that be the case then the board will need to reschedule the international home series against Ireland involving ODI matches which are part of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Super League.


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