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12:00 AM, September 17, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, September 17, 2019

Way back for franchises?

Khulna Titans managing director and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) director Kazi Inam said that BCB could still reconsider its stance about arranging Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) on its own as cutting loose the franchises will see the tournament lose its charm.

“I think there is still time for the board president [Nazmul Hasan] to rethink his decision. He has the option to sit with the franchises. I strongly believe the franchises played a big role in creating excitement throughout the country. Losing that charm now will be a big loss to not only the franchises but the value of the tournament itself,” Inam told reporters in Dhaka yesterday.

BCB president Nazmul Hassan informed last Wednesday that the nation’s biggest T20 league will be arranged by the board without involving the franchises for the first time in this year’s seventh edition.

Inam also mentioned that Khulna had to work hard to sign Shane Watson for the upcoming BPL. And according to Inam, even if the board sticks with their plan of arranging BPL by themselves, they should take these matters into consideration.

“The reliability and value of the tournament should not be hampered at any point. I believe the board understands these issues well and if they still stick to the decision of running the tournament on their own, I will hope that they will take these [signed overseas cricketers] into consideration,” concluded Inam.

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