Flood of cricket after the drought
The cricket operations committee of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has revealed the domestic calendar yesterday with the hope that the clubs keep their promise of playing the Super League of the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket without the national players.
The much awaited Dhaka Premier League (DPL) for the 2012-2013 season is set to begin on September 3, the date arrived at after a fifth rescheduling of the country's most coveted 50-over competition. The Super League is likely to be held between October and November this year, a period that coincides with New Zealand's tour of Bangladesh.
“New Zealand will arrive in Dhaka on October 2 but still we allotted this month for the Super League as the clubs promised to play the matches without the national players,” said Enayet Hossain Siraj, chairman of the BCB's cricket operations committee. The entire calendar will however be upset if the clubs change their mind. It can be mentioned that the board failed to arrange the league as per original schedule in March this year as the clubs declined to play the league without the national players.
The third version of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), which has already been termed 'a pain' by BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon due to non-payment issues, is slotted for December 2013 to January 2014.
It was learnt that most of the board members are not in favour of holding the third version of the tournament as the board is still struggling to realise the dues from the franchises and event management firm Game On. Many are of the opinion that the BPL needs a major overhaul as most of the franchises are unfit to continue their participation in the tournament, which is considered by many as the second best after the cash-rich Indian Premier League.
“Hosting the third edition is a matter of prestige. How the board settles all the financial disputes before the next edition remains to be seen,” said a BCB ad-hoc committee member on condition of anonymity.
The board must arrange the third edition of BPL by mid-December as Sri Lanka are scheduled to play a series in Bangladesh between January 14 and February 24, after which the Asia Cup is scheduled to take place from February 24 to March 7. Then The BCB will have arguably the biggest tournament to be held in the country -- the ICC Twenty20 World Cup from March 15 to April 7.
After the world cup the 2013-14 DPL is slated for April-May 2014 and the four franchises play the second edition of the longer-version Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL) in May-June next year.