BPL fixture stirs controversy

Sports Correspondent

5 May, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh Premier League 2018-2019 season is all set to resume with the second leg starting from May 6 but some clubs have already voiced vocal protest about what they consider to be unfair playing schedules.

League was supposed to resume in the first week of May but as Bangamata U-19 Women’s International Gold Cup tournament was scheduled to go on till May 4, Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) postponed the resumption and announced that the second leg of the meet will commence from May 6 with Bashundhara Kings and Lt Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club scheduled to face off in the opening day.

The matches of round 14, 15 and 16 of the league will take place during this period till May 19. The league will once again be on hold due to Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, FIFA Frienldies and FIFA World Cup qualifiers for nearly a month.

Table-topper’s Bashundhara Kings seem to be the biggest victim of the newly formulated fixtures as the club features a sizable majority of the players who dawn national colours. As national team players get only two days of rest between national assignment and resumption of the league, it is highly likely that the players won’t be able to perform to the best of their abilities due to jet lag and fatigue.

Moreover, while other teams have got five days of rest between their matches, for some what appears to be sinister reasons, Bashundhara Kings have been allowed on four days of rest between their matches.

These issues coupled with the fact that Bashundhara Kings have adopted Sheikh Kamal Stadium in Nilphamari as their home venue which means longer commute for Bashundhara Kings’ players and officials due to the home and away nature of the event, have put extra burden on Bashundhara Kings.

Despite raising this issue over and over again in the Professional League Committee Meeting, Bashundhara Kings’ concerns were not addressed. It has been learnt that Bashundhara Kings have issued verbal complaints in this regard.

Earlier, Bashundhara Kings continued their dream run in Bangladesh Premier League 2018-2019 season as they thrashed Chittagong Abahani Ltd by 3-0 goals in their home encounter at Sheikh Kamal Stadium in Nilphamari.

In a show total dominance, Bashundhara Kings completely obliterated their counterparts from Chittagong with sensational goals from their prized foreign recruits Bakhtiyar Duyshobekov, Daniel Colindres and Marcos Vinicius.

The full-house crowd of Nilphamari evoked memories of the golden days of football in the nation as they came out in large numbers to support their home side Bashundhara Kings. The home support advanced Bashundhara’s cause as the boisterous crowd cheered on for Bashundhara.

Oscar Bruzon’s disciples broke the deadlock on the extra time of the first-half as their Uzbek forward Bakhtiyar broke through in the D-box angling in from the left wing as he utilised a timely back-pass from fellow forward Daniel Colindres. Bakhtiyar slammed the ball in to the top-right corner of the Chittagong Abahani bar leaving the goalie dumbfounded.