BPL clubs agree to resume league

Sports Correspondent

19 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The participating Bangladesh Premier League clubs agreed to resume the second phase of the league and put pressure on the BFF Professional Football League Committee to make a compatible fixture avoiding the congestion in the busy international window.   

The discussion was held in a virtual emergency meeting, chaired by PFLC chairman and BFF senior vice-president Abdus Salam Murshedy, MP on Sunday.  

BFF general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag told The Daily Sun after the day’s meeting that they received feedback from clubs and now will send a compatible fixture to them before the next meeting that is expected to be held within two or three days.

“Today (Sunday) we got their feedback for resuming the league and ask to prepare a draft of the fixture. We have international competitions in the next two months. So, we have to avoid fixture congestion. Also, we have to observe if the government extends the lockdown after April 21. However, the draft will be sent to the clubs to know their recommendations within two or three days ahead of the next meeting,” said Shohag.

The next meeting of PFLC is expected to be held on April 21. The second phase of BPL was expected to start on April 9 or 10 after the end of the mid-season transfer window on April 8, but the hard lockdown countrywide forced PFLC to delay the league and to prolong the transfer window until last Saturday.

The delay of the league will create fixture congestion for the local players and clubs who will pass a busy time with their international assignments in the next two months. Premier league champions Bashundhara Kings will be busy with their group matches of AFC Cup 2021 from May 14 to 20 in the Maldives and the national side will play the joint qualification for FIFA World Cup’2022 and AFC Asian Cup’2023 from June 3 to 15 in Qatar. Dhaka Abahani Limited will join Kings in the Maldives if they win the qualifying playoffs. By this time, PFLC has to give the players a one-week Eid break at the mid of May.

However, the situation will become tougher if the government extends the lockdown after April 21. The second phase of BPL will be uncertain or face a long delay. So, PFLC needs to be smarter and more careful to tackle the fixture congestion.

The participating clubs took part in the mid-season transfer window that ended last Saturday. BFF extended the window for 9 days with FIFA permission due to the lockdown. Among clubs, Brothers Union registered 14 players while Arambagh KS 12, Muktijoddha SKC 7 and Uttar Baridhara 4. Holders Kings, Mohammedan SC Ltd and Police FC added two players each while Dhaka Abahani Ltd, Sheikh Jamal DC, Saif SC, Chittagong Abahoni Ltd and Rahamatgonj MFS one each. Sheikh Russel KC remained unchanged.