The aspirant franchises of the upcoming Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League are keeping their fingers crossed regarding the availability of foreign players due to Pakistan Super League.
Different franchise owners met BPL governing council members at the BCB headquarters on Sunday to finalise their agreement for the upcoming season.
BBPL is expected to be staged from January 20 to February 20 and as things stand now it is clashing with the PSL, scheduled from January 27-February27.
KM Rifatuzzaman, Chattogram Challengers managing director, said that the board has ensured them that they will get the franchise that they have owned in the previous edition though others refrained to talk to boldly regarding their chance of owning a team in BBPL.
“Yes, you can say that we are confirmed by the board to take part in BBPL. We came here to talk with BCB and they told us that we will be representing our Chattogram Challengers,” said Rifatuzzaman adding that now they will work on their foreign recruits but that largely depends on PSL that is hosting their players draft on December 12.
In the last edition, there was a provision of playing four overseas players while in this edition three players will be taking part for each franchise though the date for the draft is yet to be finalised and once it is finalised we would be more organised,” he said.
“You know that the players' draft of PSL is taking place today and after it is completed we can have a clear picture about the availability of the foreign players in the competition and can let you know whom we are going to confirm,” he said.
“We have spoken with Shakib since we will be allowed to pick only one icon player,” said officials of Fortune Barisal.
BBBL governing council member Sheik Sohel said that they are not worried about PSL adding that the only thing now they are worrying is about the corona situation.
“We are not worried about PSL and we are expecting to host the players’ draft of BBPL this month but the only thing that we are worried about is the corona situation,” Sohel said.
“We have spoken with interested parties and there are a couple of old teams like Cumilla along with some new faces and we are expecting to finalise the six teams from the eight franchises soon,” he said.