The Independence Cup 2017-18 with the participation of the 12 Bangladesh Premier League clubs will get underway next Tuesday, announced the professional football league committee of the Bangladesh Football Federation Monday.
The football federation also confirmed that no foreign footballer will be eligible to take part in the tournament. The PFLC meeting, presided by its chairman Abdus Salam Murshedy, also set the date for the draw ceremony as well, which is Thursday.
The BPL will also conclude Thursday. The committee decided to hand over the champion’s trophy to Abahani Limited and runners-up trophy to Lt. Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club on the same day.
The committee however, was determined to organise the much-awaited U-18 National Tournament 2017-18 in the last week of March with the participation of 12 youth teams of the top-flight league.
The points table of the country's second tier league was also approved by the committee during the meeting, which means two new clubs - Bashundhara Kings and Nofel Sporting Club - are all set to play in the next season's premier league.
Meanwhile, the committee also congratulated Bangladesh U-15 women's team for winning the Saff U-15 Championship title and pledged to give a reception to the girls on behalf of the committee.