BCL abandoned

Sports Correspondent

21 May, 2020 12:00 AM printer

BCL abandoned

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) called off the second tier domestic football league, Bangladesh Championship League (BCL) 2019-20 which was expected to be held at the Bir Sherestha Shaheed Sepoy Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur from June 15.

The decision was made at a virtual meeting of Professional Football League Committee, chaired by committee chairman and BFF Senior Vice-Present Abdus Salam Murshedy MP, on Wednesday. BFF general secretary Md Abu Nayeem Shohag and the representatives of participating clubs were also present during the meeting.  

“BFF Professional Football League Committee, arranged an emergency virtual meeting to discuss about Bangladesh Championship League (BCL) 2019-20. All the participating clubs anonymously agreed to cancel this season. Germany, Korea started their leagues. Their economies are stronger than us; they can easily overcome the crisis. But Bangladesh needs at least two to three months to make everything normal. I think we can’t start the new season until September,” BFF GS Shohag told daily sun on Wednesday.

BFF Executive committee earlier called off country’s top tier professional football league 12th edition of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2019–20 and the club cup competition Independence Cup’2020 on last Sunday. The federation now expects to start a new season of both BPL and BCL in next September or October. 

BFF earlier halted its all international and domestic meets including BPL 2019-20, Tricotex 3rd Women’s Football League (WFL), National School Football Championship and Independence Cup for an indefinite period as the government banned public gatherings and enforced lockdown countrywide to slow the spread out coronavirus on March.

 BCL, which was scheduled to be held on March 28, also deferred June 15 due to coronavirus outbreak. The first phase of booters’ registration window, which opened on March 20, was extended till June 10. 

A total of 13 teams were expected to take part in the second-tier league – NoFeL Sporting Club, Agrani Bank Ltd SC, T&T Club Motijheel, Victoria Sporting Club, Dhaka City FC, Fakirerpool Young Men's Club, Shadhinata Krira Sangha, Uttara Football Club, Kawran Bazar Pragati Sangha, Dhaka Wanderers Club, Wari Club and Fortis Sports Academy.

The participating clubs of BCL agreed with the decision of cancellation league.

“It was a good decision. We agreed with BFF because we can’t play in this situation. We signed some booters, they will play for us in the next season which is expected to be held on next September or October,” said Victoria SC General Secretary Md Mazharul Islam Tuhin.