Top BPL clubs apathetic about two venues

Atif Azam

17 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The country’s top clubs of professional football league have expressed their reluctance to play their ongoing Bangladesh Premier League matches at two specific venues due to their low qualities and inconveniences.

Professional Football League Committee of Bangladesh Football Federation earlier selected four venues for the ongoing 13th season of BPL -- Bangbandhu National Stadium, Shaheed Dhirendranath Dutta Stadium in Cumilla, Shaheed Ahsan Ullah Master Stadium in Gazipur and Birshreshtha Flight Lieutenant Matiur Rahman Stadium in Munshiganj.

The Daily Sun learnt that two out of four venues -- Shaheed Ahsan Ullah Master Stadium and Birshreshtha Flight Lieutenant Matiur Rahman Stadium -- don’t meet the requirements of a football venue.

The pitches of these venues are low in quality and also uneven. No proper safety and health measures have been taken as well as none of these venues has even dressing rooms.

There is also no accommodation facility or hotels for the players and officials of the participating teams nearby these two venues. PFLC earlier told the participating clubs to tour these venues only on the match days ignoring the major problems but most of the clubs disagreed and wanted to tour a day before for their away matches.

Some of the top outfits complained to PFLC about these inconveniences and demanded to alter these venues.

Among the other two stadiums, Bangabandhu National Stadium also possessed a low-quality pitch but it met other requirements including dressing rooms and securities.

The last venue Shaheed Dhirendranath Dutta Stadium, which is the home venue of Bangladesh Premier League and Federation Cup titleholders Bashundhara Kings, meet all the requirements and provide enough facilities for teams, supporters and media.

The leading clubs are now working on their pitch and safety measures so they requested PFLC not to schedule any home matches at their home venues in the next one month.

While asking about clubs’ demands, BFF senior vice-president and PFLC chairman Abdus Salam Murshedy told the reporters that they told the stadium authorities to fix these problems.

“We visited these venues 15 days ago and gave our requirements to the stadium authorities. We will again visit there within two or three days. If they meet our requirements, we will discuss with clubs about it but if they fail, we will reschedule matches at the BNS,” he added.