CCDM waiting for BCB nod for DPL

Sports Correspondent

12 August, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM) announced on Tuesday that they are waiting for Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB)’s direction to resume Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPL).

CCDM, a wing of BCB entrusted with the responsibility to host the Dhaka- based club tournament, was supposed to sit with the club officials after Eid-ul-Azha regarding the resumption of DPL which was suspended after the first-round due to coronavirus pandemic.

However, the meeting did not take place as CCDM is still waiting for BCB’s consent regarding this issue.

“We are waiting for BCB’s direction regarding the resumption of DPL,” CCDM Member Secretary Ali Hossain told daily sun on Tuesday.

“We did not hold any meeting with the clubs as we have to get the guideline from BCB regarding the DPL,” he said.

The future of the current DPL season is looking bleak as Tigers’ upcoming tour to Sri Lanka is likely to have its toll on the tournament considering some of the teams will find it difficult to field their playing eleven if the national team and HP Unit leaves for Sri Lanka at the end of September for their respective series against the host.

BCB Chief Executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury indicated that DPL will resume after the tour of Sri Lanka adding that there will be a shortage of cricketers if national team and HP unit is away from the country in September.

Earlier, CCDM officials had hinted that they were planning to resume DPL in September-October in a controlled environment to tackle the danger of coronavirus.

CCDM Chairman Kazi Inam Ahmed had named Sheikh Kamal International Stadium in Cox’s Bazar and Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan in Savar as possible venues for the tournament.

But after the International Cricket Council deferred October’s ICC Twenty20 World Cup for a year, BCB high ups expressed their eagerness to utilise that time by rescheduling a few of the series that were put off since April and by sending HP unit to Sri Lanka in the coming months.

CCDM Chairman Kazi Inam also said that they need to have government’s green signal to resume the tournament and in this regard there is development as Youth and Sports Ministry said on August 10 that all the suspended sports and training activities at all levels of the country can resume on a limited scale.

Recently, the Ministry issued a letter to Health and Family Planning Ministry to know if it would be wise to resume sporting activities in the country.

After an emergency meeting, State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russell said, “Many countries across the world resumed sports and training programmes by following health rules and safety protocols. The rate of corona-infection in our country is also on a downward slope. In this context, we sent a letter to the Health and Family Planning Ministry seeking their opinion to start sports and training activities.”

“The Health Directorate gave their opinion to resume sports and training programmes on a limited scale setting ten conditions. The Ministry has decided to resume sports and training activities at all levels accepting all of those conditions,” he further added.