Three clubs seek deferment of BPL

Sports Correspondent

25 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Three Bangladesh Premier League clubs -- Arambagh Krira Sangha, Brothers Union Ltd and Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra sent separate official letters while Uttar Baridhara Club verbally requested Bangladesh Football Federation to defer the BPL schedule on Saturday.

BFF Professional Football League Committee decided to resume BPL on April 30 a day after the end of the current lockdown in the country.

“The league was supposed to be started after a week after the lockdown. We are not well prepared. We have recruited some new players for the second phase and they need to do practice with others,” Arambagh KS Vice-President Azaz Mohammed Jahangir told The Daily Sun on Saturday.

BFF earlier said 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.

“Our foreign players won't be able to arrive just after the lockdown. Again, they will stay in quarantine and will do practices with the locals. It is not possible in this new schedule so we request BFF to give us a week time to get ready,” said Muktijoddha SKC manager Ariful Islam.

PFLC Chairman and BFF Senior Vice-President Abdus Salam Murshedy expressed his annoyance with the clubs’ demand and raised questions on these clubs’ professionalism.

“They don't want to conclude the league. They have fear of relegations so they want to delay it. It is not called professionalism,” he said.

 “We have already lost so many times. If we take some more time, we must face the fixture congestion. Also, there are still possibilities of lockdown as the Covid-19 has started to spread faster across the countries. We must finish the league before August,” he added.