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BPL to start on Jan 21

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 23 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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BPL to start on Jan 21

The eighth edition of Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League T20 2022 will get underway on January 21 with the participation of six franchises, the Bangladesh Cricket Board confirmed on Wednesday.

The tournament will be held in three different venues - Dhaka, Chattogram and Sylhet and a total of 34 matches will be played in the tournament including a double round-robin league stage followed by three play-offs and a final.

The final of the tournament is scheduled on February 18 while the players’ draft will be held on December 27 at the Radisson Blu Water Garden, Dhaka.

According to player draft regulations, a team can recruit one local player from any category as a direct signing prior to the players’ draft.

Each team can register a minimum of three and a maximum of eight overseas players while each team must include three overseas players in its playing XI.

The six teams of the tournament are – Barishal (Fortune Shoes Limited), Chattogram (Delta Sports Limited -Akhtar Group), Cumilla (Comilla Legends Limited), Dhaka (Rupa Fabrics Ltd and Marn Steel Ltd - Consortium), Khulna (Mind Tree Ltd) and Sylhet (Pragoti Green Auto Rice Mills Ltd).

Meanwhile, all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan on Wednesday confirmed that he will represent Barishal franchise in the upcoming edition of the Bangladesh Premier League.

“I have talked with the Barishal team and hope to take part for them in the BPL,” Shakib confirmed at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Wednesday before departing for USA to be with his family.

The Daily Sun understands that Shakib is likely to take part in the 50-over version of the Bangladesh Cricket League, slated from January 9, to get enough prepared for the upcoming BPL.          

Meanwhile, the BPL Governing Council Member Secretary Ismail Haider Mallick informed that they will speak with the respective franchises so that national team players are compensated if they miss one or two matches for the New Zealand tour.

The BPL governing council also expressed their unwillingness to hold the opening concert before the tournament considering the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.