It was supposed to be a photo session featuring the skippers of each of the seven Bangbandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BBPL) sides and the programme was named as such. Due to the delay in the start of the programme, one of the captains found himself a proxy to stand in his stead. Another skipper could not even be found. The rest of the captains took part in the photo session but it happened without the BBPL trophy.
The programme was due to take place between 5:00pm and 5:30pm on Tuesday but Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, who is the captain of Dhaka Platoon, handed over responsibility to Mominul Haque to participate in the session in his stead, heading out of the ground.
The rest of the skippers in Khulna Tigers’ Musfiqur Rahim, Cumilla Warriors’ Dashun Shanaka, Sylhet Thunders’ Mosaddek Hossain and Mahmudullah Riyad of the Chattogram Challengers waited it out from the beginning of the session.
Two more captains were however nowhere to be found, although Andre Russell of Rajshahi Royals soon arrived. Mohammad Nabi of Rangpur Rangers however was nowhere to be found as the organisers contacted the team managers, looking for the missing personnel.
Organiser Saiful Amin was less than pleased about the response he received from Rangpur manager. Meanwhile BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury was in the ground. Asked why the programme was taking place this evening with the match set to start from tomorrow, he said: “Actually we couldn’t even find personnel during the morning. If we got one, we were missing out on another.”
Nabi did not arrive in the end and it was heard that he had left following the press conference in the afternoon and was caught in the midst of the Dhaka traffic. All in all, the captains’ photoshoot did not pan out as one might have expected.