BPL is a loss-making project, says Nafisa

Sports Correspondent

22 August, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 franchise Comilla Victorians has denied to acknowledge BPL Governing Council’s decision to revamp the regulations of the tournament. BPL governing council earlier this month had announced to set fresh rules given the tournament is to start a new four-year cycle.

BCB following the last edition of the BPL T20 had claimed the edition to be the best amongst the six seasons that has been held. Based on the claimed fact, Comilla Victorians Managing Director Nafisa Kamal brushed off the BPL governing council’s plans to overhaul a ‘successful model’.

“My question is why will I change the model if it has been claimed as the most successful one? Why not continue with it? BCB president (Nazmul Hasan Papon) has said that the BPL rules don’t change so we want to honor his statement. We want continuity of the successful model,” said Nafisa following their meet with BPL governing council at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.

“It is being said that there will be a new cycle but that doesn’t mean that the rules have to be changed. We can always have the old and core rules in the new cycle and if needed bring a few changes,” the Comilla Victorians owner added.

BCB President Nazmul Hasan during a press meet last week had said the BPL governing council do not make changes to rules unless requested by the franchises. The recent BPL governing council’s decision, to withdraw ‘local players retention policy’ and ‘name all in the players draft or auction’ and also deny from acknowledging ‘direct local players signing’ had irked many in the cricket fraternity along with the majority of the franchises. Questions were raised whether the change of rules in the tournament would benefit a team that doesn’t have good local players from the last season for retention.

The current saga of the differences between the BPL governing council and majority of the franchises had emerged particularly after ace all-rounder making a move from Dhaka Dynamites to a new franchise in Rangpur Riders.

“We (Comilla) had signed Mushfiqur (Rahim) in between the World Cup. Tamim (Iqbal) is said to have signed by Khulna (Titans) before the World Cup. Why did not it make a issue then? We could have taken better preparation if we were informed back then. All sudden just because of an issue they cannot change the total system,” said  Nafisa.

Comilla, the two times champions 2015-16 and 2018-19, pressed on revenue sharing with the BPL governing council. Comilla in past four seasons have been one of the most glamorous teams in the tournament featuring top cricketers both from local and abroad. Despite the fact, Comilla has not been able to make break-even in any of the season as far as earnings are concerned claimed Nafisa.

“This was our first point in the meeting. I have been a team owner in BPL for last seven season but have not been able to reach break-even. It (BPL T20) is a loss project for all of us and I am honestly thinking if I should remain in BPL next year,” said Nafisa.

“It is only BCB that is being benefitted from the tournament and of course we would like to be a part of it. We (franchises) are big stake holders in the tournament and so it has totally been one sided. We are not earning anything but spending only,” concluded Nafisa.