DPL in doubt

Sports Correspondent

30 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Resumption of Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPL) in the coming days appears to be all but uncertain due to Tigers’ international commitments, said a Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) official on Tuesday.

BCB officials said last week that they are eyeing to host DPL in October in an isolated environment but now that proposition is becoming very unlikely as they are planning to send Bangladesh HP Unit and national team to Sri Lanka during that timeframe.

DPL was suspended in the third week of March after just Round-1 due to the coronavirus outbreak. Following the abrupt halt, the bulk of the local players demanded resumption of the league as DPL is the main source of income for the majority of players of the domestic circuit.

The cloud of uncertainty is looming large over the future of DPL as the country is yet to reach a stage where it can resume its cricketing activities. Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM) officials earlier said that they are planning to resume DPL as soon as possible but now they are stating that it is very unlikely as clubs will not be willing to take part in the league without 40 leading cricketers of the country.

After the announcement of arranging DPL in a bio-safe environment, reports alleged that clubs were asked to send a 15-member squad list to CCDM as the DPL authority was planning to host the tournament splitting clubs into two groups and holding the DPL matches in Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) and Cox’s Bazaar.

When CCDM Member Secretary Ali Hossain was asked regarding the development, he refused to accept it straightaway. “We haven’t sent any letter to the clubs, neither have we asked them verbally to do anything,” said Ali.

“We are not sure when we can start the tournament. We will sit down after Eid to take a decision about DPL,” he said adding that he doesn’t feel that clubs will be ready to play the tournament without their key players.

“The HP and national team may go to Sri Lanka and if that is case, it will be very difficult (to resume league without key cricketers),” he said.  Recently, Cricketers’ Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB) requested BCB to talk with DPL clubs, and make sure that the players get 50% of their contract money because they also want the resumption of DPL which is considered to be the major source of income for a large section of cricketers.