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BPL T20 in scare of delay due to country’s election

Sports Correspondent     17 May, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh will see its general election to get underway at the end of the running year which will be a major event of the recent times.

As a result, many planned and scheduled events are likely to be postponed for the electoral moment to avoid the heat of the political situation of the nation.

The six edition of the money-spinning T20 tournament - - Bangladesh Premier League cricket might get postponed ahead of the general election.

The cash rich T20 cricketing extravaganza is held generally in the month of November - December. Earlier, the BPL governing body and Bangladesh Cricket Board have decided that this season of the BPL would take place in October to get things done smoothly before the election.

However, now the board and the orgaisers are concerned about the upcoming circumstances regarding the election thus they are planning to defer the series by couple of months.

According to BCB sources, the board hasn’t yet finalised anything but they are weighing on the idea to organise the tournament in early January of 2019.

The board believes it will be a tough task for the organisers to provide full-proof security and support in three separate venues across the county. Moreover, a number of star crickers from the other nations participate in the tournament here. It would be a better option to hold the competition in a politically stable condition of the country.

Last year, seven teams competed in the tournament where Ranpgur Riders emerged as the champions and claimed their maiden BPL trophy under the leadership of the charismatic captain Mashrafe Mortaza. The BPL 2017 host venues were Dhaka (Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium), Sylhet (Sylhet International Cricket Stadium) and Chatogram (Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium). Besides, few BPL franchisee owners are actively involved i politcs and some are serving as ministers of the parliament for the ruling government.

Although BCB’s utmost importance is players’ security but considering all the outcomes, it is likely that the cricket fans might have to wait a bit longer to see their favourite teams and players in the BPL encounters of season six.

The decision on BPL schedule will be announced within a week or two. If BPL gets delayed, the Tigers’ international itinerary will have to be rescheduled. The Zimbabwe team are expected to tour Bangladesh for three Tests and three ODIs in January next year. The tour would be pushed to October due to schedule conflicts with BPL-6 but the Zimbabweans have international engagements against South Africa till mid-October which is also needed to be considered before taking any decision.