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Slight hope for troubled, delayed DPL

Update : 01 Jul 2013, 05:08 PM
The Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan informed, during a press conference held Monday upon his arrival from England, the much delayed Dhaka Premier League (DPL) is likely to roll on to the fields within next two weeks.   Before leaving the country to attend the ICC Annual General Meeting at Lords, Nazmul said the DPL will begin only after the final report from ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit’s (Acsu), which he expected to receive during his visit. However, ICC informed the BCB that the report can only be submitted after a month and it changed the president’s mind.   “Now we can start the premier league any day. Regarding the report, we were almost sure that we would get the report in the UK. If we can wait for the report it will be good. If more players’ names come up then the clubs will fall into trouble if they are temporarily suspended following the report. So everyone will have to take extra players and play. There’s no other alternative.    “But now there’s no hope of getting the report before the first week of August. Even that is not confirmed. They estimated that they would give us the report in the first week of August. We can’t wait for that long. So we will start the league and I think we can start the league in two weeks time. We will call a board meeting day after tomorrow and talk about this,” informed Nazmul to the media Monday.   Chairman of the Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM) and a member of BCB ad-hoc committee, Jalal Younus, however, informed there have no intention to start the league before July 20.   “We have a board meeting day after tomorrow (Wednesday) where we will discuss things on premier league. You see there are many things that we need to discuss. For example, we have the Bangladesh ‘A’ team leaving this month for an away tour so will the clubs be interested in participating without those players? We need to know that first,” informed Jalal to Dhaka Tribune Monday.   Meanwhile, with the monsoon already having its impact and the holy month of Ramadan just nine days away, it will be hard to roll the DPL on field. Nazmul also informed he had taken care of the issue regarding Bangladesh hosting the World T20 next year. An inspection team from ICC visited Bangladesh and they were reportedly not happy with the work in progress in two venues in Sylhet and Cox’s Bazar.   Rumours were that the mega event could be shifted to South Africa or Sri Lanka, but Nazmul said , “I have convinced them that the work is going very fast and they accepted it.  “And I also convinced them by saying we have an alternate venue in our country. We are confident we can finish the work in Cox’s Bazar in time,” said Nazmul.   He also added that BKSP is the alternative venue in their mind if the work at Cox’s Bazar is not finished on time. It was learnt, ICC will again send an inspection team in July or August to assess the preparation for the ICC event.
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