Table-toppers East Zone will battle it out for the Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL) title when they clash with Bangladesh Cricket Board-run South Zone in the final at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram today.
The eighth edition of the BCL was played in a single league format for the first time after being hurriedly organised by the BCB last month. While the six league-stage games were four-day matches, the final will be a five-day match.
Bangladesh Under-19 opener Tanzid Hasan, who smashed a boundary-filled unbeaten ton for BCB XI against the Zimbabweans just a few days after returning from South Africa as one of the ICC Under-19 World Cup champions, has been included in the East Zone squad for the final. The champion left-hander has been in tremendous form and is expected to play his maiden first-class match today.
Tanzid was included as a replacement for Yasir Ali, who was named in the national squad for the lone Test against Zimbabwe in Mirpur, also starting from today. However, right-arm pacer Hasan Mahmud, who was included in the 16-member national Test squad, will be playing for East Zone.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh stalwart Mahmudullah Riyad, who was 'rested' by BCB from the Zimbabwe Test is expected to feature for South Zone.