Cricket tournament with retired players of the game is not actually an uncommon concept nowadays. Last year we saw an all-star competition involving teams led by Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne battling it out in the United States of America (USA).
Again earlier this year, another such competition — this time with a bigger stage — came into picture with the emergence of the Masters Cricket League (MCL) that took place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
And now the exciting news for the cricket fans of the country is that Bangladesh may also soon have its own MCL kind of tournament later this year, most probably in September, involving as many as eight teams.
According to a report published in the Dhaka Tribune, former national captains and Bangladesh Cricket Board directors Akram Khan and Khaled Mahmud are among the conveners who are organising this Twenty20 league comprising former cricketers. Another former captain, Khaled Mashud, is also said to be a convenor.
“The plan came up suddenly and we are still in the planning stage. But we are determined to hold this tournament in September this year,” Akram Khan was quoted by the newspaper as saying.
The former Bangladesh skipper further added, “We are yet to decide the tournament format but we plan to have at least eight teams in the tournament. Much of it will depend on the sponsors but I hope to get good response.”
It has been learnt that Imago Sports Management Limited is in line to manage the tournament which aims to have eight teams, each named after a former Tigers captain. Only those with at least 10 years of playing experience in the Dhaka Premier League will be eligible for the tournament.