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BCB plans to host domestic tourneys sans nat’l cricketers

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  • 12 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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BCB plans to host domestic tourneys sans nat’l cricketers

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A Bangladesh Cricket Board official said on Thursday that they won’t disrupt the do-mestic calendar to accommodate national cricketers to feature in those competitions.

“If we remain dependent on our nation-al cricketers, there will be no domestic cricket in Bangladesh,” BCB’s newly ap-pointed team leader Khaled Mahmud told reporters in Mirpur.

“National cricketers are busywith inter-national duty and so we have to plan our do-mestic calendar without keeping the na-tional team inmind,” he added.

The BCB is eyeing to host the Bangladesh Cricket League, the country’s lone fran-chise based four-team zonal first-class tournament, in De-cember this year after the com-pletion of the ongoing National Cricket League.

The cricket board is also inclined to add a one-day format tournament in the zonal competition after the end of the four-day competition with both the tournaments to be held in single-league format.

The BCL one-day competitionwas previ-ously held only once back in 2015 where Is-lami Bank East Zone became inaugural champions of the tournament after com-pleting a thrilling three-wicket win over BCB North Zone in Mirpur.

The draft of both tournaments will be held on the same day where the teams will get the opportunity to pick the players for single or both tournaments.

The BCB is expected to host the Bangladesh Premier League, country’s lone T20 tournament, in Januarynext yearwhile they are eyeing to host the Dhaka Premier League, the country’s traditional Dhaka-based 50-over club tournament in March.

As it stands, the national players can only be available for the BPL as they will be busy in New Zealand series during the time

of the BCL while they are expected to travel to South Africa during the time of the DPL.

Mahmud said that they are not ready to shift the date of the DPL for national crick-eters considering it is the bread and butter for the most number of cricketers.

“No, not at all (the DPL can’t be shifted for national cricketers). We are deter-mined that the Premier League (DPL) won’t get shifted although the national team cricketers remain busy playing in international cricket at the same time. All these things have been informed to the participating clubs,” he said.

“We only value the BPL because we have to play this tournament to improve our T20 game.

“Actually if we think

about national cricketers, we will not be able to meet up in any domestic tourna-ment and the rest of the

players will be deprived. That’s not right because we can get new talent from these tournaments and so we are preparing the calendar accordingly,” he added.

Mahmud added that they have included a one-day format in the BCL as they are not playing this format for a long time while also said that they have asked for the sport-ing wickets for the upcoming competition.

Walton Group and Islami Bank sponsor Central Zone and East Zone respectively while the BCB runs the other two franchis-es - BCB North Zone and BCB South Zone.

“The groundsmen were asked to make better and bouncy wickets ahead of the tournament,” he said.

“We prefer one-day format rather than T20 because there are not many 50-over matches before the DPL. Many also suggest-ed T20 but we don’t have ample time in hand. We have a busy domestic calendar with the BPL looming. So there could be only a 50-over tournament along with the four-day cricket,” he added.