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BPL dates likely to be changed in coming years

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  • 27 September, 2022 12:00 AM
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BPL dates likely to be changed in coming years

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The Bangladesh Premier League officials on Monday hinted that they might make some changes in the schedules of the 2024 and 2025 editions of the tournament in order to get star foreign cricketers.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board has already fixed the dates of the BPL for the upcoming three editions with all the tournaments taking place in the January-February time period.

 However, Australia’s Big Bash, UAE’s ILT20 and South Africa’s T20 League will also take place in the same time frame leaving the BPL franchises to struggle over signing overseas T20 stars as they have already committed to these tournaments.

BPL Governing Council only announced seven probable franchises of BPL for the next three editions on Sunday.

 The fierce competition in the market has now prompted the BPL organizers to make few adjustments to the tournament.

Registration might not be mandatory for foreign cricketers as they are expecting some of them to play one or two games when they have a break from those competitions.

“There will be no limitation on foreign signing because there are a lot of tournaments and it is difficult to get foreign players. Basically, there is no other alternative than doing this tournament at this point of time (in 2023) and probably in the next year or the year after it will not be a problem as it can be better if we do it a bit earlier,” BPL GC Member Secretary Ismail Haider Mallick told reporters in Mirpur.

“You know the franchises in South African League and UAE League are owned by Indian (IPL) franchises and most of them are contracted there. We can’t change the schedule due to our national team.

“Maximum four players can play in the XI while we are planning that there should be at least two foreigners in each playing XI. There will be no obligation about registering foreign players,” he added.

 Ismail admitted that they are far behind the tournaments like IPL and PSL and it is because of the sum of money involved in these tournaments.

 “Earlier, there were not so many tournaments and we were a good tournament. Now there are a lot of good tournaments going at the same time - CPL, PSL, Big Bash, UAE and South Africa League while Sri Lanka will also do that in the coming days,” he said.

“It’s difficult to compare with them but we want it to be our major domestic tournament. We can’t do it like the IPL or PSL because it will be difficult as a lot of money is involved there. We have to sell the rights at a much higher price. We can’t play home and away as the venues are not ready. But we want to make it one of the best tournaments of the year,” he added.

Ismail said that there will be no icon in the upcoming edition of BPL while a team can have one direct signing for the tournament outside draft that is expected to be considered as the top graded players of the franchise. There will be seven grades (for local players) - TK 80, 50, 30, 20, 15, 10 and 5 lakh respectively.