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12:00 AM, September 15, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:39 AM, September 15, 2020

BCB shifts focus to domestic cricket

Bangladesh Cricket Board [BCB] president Nazmul Hassan yesterday informed that they are considering starting domestic cricket soon. 

The decision came on the back of uncertainty over the national team's scheduled tour of Sri Lanka, with the BCB boss saying it would not be possible for the Tigers to tour Sri Lanka for a three-match Test series under the health protocol set by the host nation.

"We have not thought of an alternative to the Sri Lanka series yet. One thing we want to do is to get cricket back on the field; not sure if we will have any international team playing with us, but we have ambition to start domestic cricket soon. It is yet to be planned but we will surely have cricket back soon. The coaching staff will stay back; the cricketers are not playing for a long time, so we will plan something," Hassan told media.

Cricket in Bangladesh has been halted since mid-March due to the pandemic. When queried whether the board will resume the club-based Dhaka Premier League, which had got suspended after the first round, Hassan said, "We cannot manage all the clubs now if you ask me, but we will manage something involving say 40 or 50 players. We will have cricket back on the field; let it be in any form but at the same time we need to ensure their safety from Covid-19. We will have the game at the level we can control and we will have cricket back."

The Cricketer's Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB) has called for a meeting today with players regarding the resumption of cricket. Although the resumption of DPL looks highly unlikely, the BCB may plan to start first-class cricket through the National Cricket League or the Bangladesh Cricket League.

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