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DPL start date pushed back again

Update : 23 Aug 2013, 07:52 PM

The players’ transfer for the long delayed Dhaka Premier League is still on course to take place on August 25, as was recently announced by the Bangladesh Cricket Board and the Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM), after a meeting between the CCDM and the premier league clubs yesterday.

However, the opening day of the tournament has been delayed yet again at the clubs’ insistence. The board and CCDM had announced September 3 as the starting date a few days ago but that has been pushed back now to September 10.

The main discussion topic of the meeting was the financial aid that the board had promised the clubs. CCDM chairman Jalal Younus pledged to hand over the funds to the clubs soon after the players’ transfer. However, sources said that some of the clubs are still uncertain of the matter in the light of board president Nazmul Hasan’s recently stated position of being against the aid.

Initial steps for the players’ transfer has already been completed by the CCDM. A list of 192 cricketers have already been handed over to the clubs. This will be the first time that the premier league clubs will recruit cricketers through a players’ draft - popularly known as the “lottery” –and this will be held tomorrow at a press conference room at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium tomorrow.

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