A Bangladesh Kabaddi Federation official said that they are planning to arrange a corporate league after Eid-ul-Fitr after their national team won the recent-concluded Bangabandhu Cup 2021 International Kabaddi Tournament.
BKF arranged an international tournament in the country after a gap of eight years where a total of five teams competed in the meet.
“We are now planning to arrange a corporate league after Eid. We are working on its format and other technical matters,” BKF Joint Secretary and Additional DIG Gazi Mozammel Hoque told The Daily Sun.
However, Mozammel dismissed the idea of holding a Pro Kabaddi League in the country, a similar tournament the neighbouring country India and Pakistan have been hosting for the last few years.
Bangladesh national kabaddi players - Arduzzaman Munshi, Ziaur Rahman, Masud Karim, Shajid Hossain and Sabuj Mia have represented different teams in Pro Kabaddi League in India while Masud and Sabuj also played in Pakistan Super Kabaddi League.
“The budget of the first edition Indian Pro Kabaddi League was almost Tk 120 crore. We need at least Tk 80 crore if we want to meet that standard, which is quite tough for us at present. But we have some other plans,” he said.
Bangladesh Kabaddi national team captain Tuhin Tarafder said the franchise-based league will help to popularise the national game in the country.
“I think it will create huge opportunities for us. These types of leagues will help to promote and popularise the national game among sports lovers. Also, these leagues will produce and bring more professional players to the country which will help to form a strong pipeline for the national team,” Tuhin told The Daily Sun on Saturday.
Tuhin further said that the federation needs to arrange some more international tournaments like the recent Bangabandhu Cup 2021 International Kabaddi Tournament so that the national team will get a clear picture of their abilities.
“We do practice throughout the year. We have a good team combination. But we can’t judge our abilities only by the practices.
“Our level of performance will face a true test when we will play against any foreign team. So I urge the federation to arrange some more international tournaments for us. I think we have proved ourselves by winning the Bangabandhu Cup so we deserve more international matches,” he added.
BKF gave Bangladesh national team Tk five lakh bonus for winning the recent tournament.
“We have given Tk five lakh as an incentive to our national team. Besides, we will send 60 players split into four to six groups to an Indian Kabaddi Academy for higher training by December. Then, we will select the best 25 players among them for the upcoming Asian Games 2022,” Mozammel said.