Bangladesh Cricket Board confirms six franchises for BPL
The Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League Board of Directors has completed six franchises for the eighth edition of the Bangladesh Premier League, BCB sources confirmed to Cricbuzz on Sunday (December 12).
BCB had previously stated that it had received eight expressions of interest. Three new commercial buildings are expected to participate in the tournament alongside three former franchises. It was announced that the new commercial buildings will be the Rupa & Marn Group (Dhaka Division), the Progoti Group (Sylhet Division) and MindTree (Khulna Division).
Fortune Group and Akhtar Group, which owned the Barisal Division and the Chattogram Division in the previous edition, have bagged the rights to these two franchises. The two-time champions - Comilla Victorians - owned by the Lotus Group, are set to make a comeback in the BPL this season. You did not participate in the last edition of the tournament.
Incidentally, the BCB has decided to give the franchises a one-year contract only as they are expected to sign a long-term contract after this season. As a result, renowned franchises such as Dhaka Dynamites (Beximco), Rangpur Riders (Basundhara) and Khulna Titans (Gemcon Group) decided not to participate in this year's tournament.
Meanwhile, Chattogram Challengers executive director KM Rifatuzzaman told reporters that three foreign players will be allowed to play in the eleven, as opposed to previous years when four were allowed. '' Yes, you can say that the board of directors confirmed our participation in BPL. We came here to speak to BCB and they told us we would be representing our Chattogram Challengers, '' said Rifatuzzaman.
'' In the previous edition, it was planned to play with four foreign players, while in this edition there will be three players for each franchise. The deadline for the draft has yet to be set and once it's done we would be better organized. You know the PSL player draft is taking place today and after it is completed we can get a clear picture of the availability of foreign players in the competition and tell you who we will confirm, ”he added.
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The BPL is expected to take place from January 20th to February 20th. As things stand, however, there are conflicts with the PSL, which are scheduled to begin on January 27th. BPL board member Sheikh Sohel said they were not concerned about the tournament's clashes with the PSL.
He added that they are concerned about the ever-evolving Covid-19 situation. "We're not worried about the PSL and we expect to host this month's draft player, but the only thing we're worried about is the corona situation."