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Clubs demand more venues and foreigners in league

  • Published at 10:07 pm August 26th, 2019
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Two months after the executive committee approved a new August-May calendar, in order to match the international schedules, the decision is all set to change after a professional football league committee meeting was held at the BFF House on Sunday

With the new date for the players’ transfer window is scheduled for October 1 to November,the 12th edition of the Bangladesh Premier League for 2019-20 season will kick off on January 1 next year and is likely to see more venues and the increase of foreign players than the previous editions.

Two months after the executive committee approved a new August-May calendar, in order to match the international schedules, the decision is all set to change after a professional football league committee meeting was held at the BFF House on Sunday.

As decided from the meeting, the upcoming season will kick-off with the Federation Cup in December while the Independence Cup will run simultaneously during the league. The last tournament of the ongoing season, BFF Youth (U-18) Football Tournament will start on September 12 after the end of the registration window on September 2.

League committee’s chairman Abdus Salam Murshedy informed after the meeting that the club representatives put up three key demands- increase the venues in and around the capital Dhaka, increase foreign players’ registration from four to five and make even number of the participating clubs.

“The club officials proposed to increase the numbers of league venue near Dhaka. As 2020 will be a busy year due to Mujib Barsho (Birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman) the BNS will not be always available. We will be observing the venues of Army Stadium, Kamalapur stadium, Narshingdi and Cumilla district stadiums along with MA Aziz Stadium of Chittagong in order to include new venues in the upcoming league.” said Murshedy.

“The clubs also asked to increase the numbers of registration of the foreign players to five. Their logic was that they suffered in the last edition when one or two of their foreign players get injured or out of form and they had no other option. But like before only four players will be eligible to play at the same time on the pitch.” said the BFF senior vice-president.

A total 13 clubs participated in the last edition of the league ended on August 13. Murshedy added, “The clubs also requested to make even number of participating clubs. The logic behind the proposal is that one club had to wait for 7-10 days before the next round match due to odd numbers of participating teams. We will decide this in the next executive meeting.”

The committee also decided to include a team from the BFF-Fortis academy to feature in the curtain-raiser Federation Cup scheduled to be held in December.