Bangladesh Premier League 2012 December 28, 2011

Bangladesh Premier League to begin on February 9

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The first edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) will kick off on February 9, 2012 with the final to be played on February 29. The 20-day tournament will feature six teams that will play each other twice each in a round-robin format over 33 matches to be held in Chittagong and Dhaka.

Teams will be allowed to field five foreign players in their XIs, as opposed to four in the IPL. Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Kamran Akmal are among at least 25 foreign players who have made themselves available for the tournament.

"The main thing is the Bangladesh players have to be available," Arun Lal, a consultant to Game on Sports, the tournament organisers, and also a former India opener, told ESPNcricinfo.

As in the first season of the IPL, each team will have an icon player. The Bangladesh Cricket Board announced yesterday that Tamim Iqbal will be the icon player for Chittagong, Mohammad Ashraful for Dhaka, Alok Kapali for Sylhet, Shahriar Nafees for Barisal, Mushfiqur Rahim for Rajshahi and Shakib Al Hasan for Khulna. The players will be paid 5% more than the amount received by the highest paid player of each franchise.

The franchise auction will take place on January 5, either in Dhaka or the sea-side town of Cox's Bazar. Companies wishing to bid for a franchise will submit their offers on the same day, and bids will be opened in front of all those present, with the franchises going to the highest bidder. The player auction is scheduled to take place 10 days later. Each team will have to spend a minimum of US $2 million and can spend up to a maximum of $5 million.

The BPL will be televised on a new sports channel in Bangladesh and the organisers are believed to be in discussions with Ten Sports to broadcast the tournament in India. However, India's domestic 50-over tournament begins on February 20 and therefore could restrict Indian participation. "India is a problem," Lal said. "In the first six or eight games, they [India players] could play."

The organisers are also hoping that the winner of the BPL will be given a place in the Champions League Twenty20 next year.

Game on Sports paid US$44.3 million for the rights to the BPL for six years.

This article was amended on January 4 to remove James Anderson's name

Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | December 31, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    I am just thinking- is it impossible to launch a first class tournament like IPL or BPL? 6 first class teams, playing in a double round robin league means, each team have to play 10 games, plus there could be a final to finish with. Virtually 44 days (maximum 11 games for a team) of play plus around 30 rest days in the middle. Thus it will take 2 and a half months. Organizers may think about this! One thing is for sure that if there is money and enough quality foreign players, the stadiums will be full in Bangladesh, even for 4 day matches.

  • POSTED BY DecisionPending_BD on | December 31, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    BCB must try to put this money in first class/venues/practice facilities. Don't eat the money only!!!.....Good luck Tigers

  • POSTED BY DecisionPending_BD on | December 31, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    @mars33... to be honest they(indian fans) thought of that. It's a A woozy memory for them.

    About Bangladesh cricket: I've no problem for t20 games. But the focus should be on 4 day matches. Maybe there are 15-20 total first class matches in a session. So how could you expect good results from them. There should be more first class games. BCB should look on that, they should not just eat the money only.

    About 2012 session: Bangladesh will play Asia cup, then Sl series in home(As FTP says), tour of Pakistan and Zimbabwe and in nov Wi series at home. Means total 4 tests. They should focus on Tests. At least draw them, thus they could move into the next power level.And for get ODI, T20, win or lose that matter less for our cricket.Cause It's ALL ABOUT TEST CRICKET. If they didnot missed all 10-11 catches against Pak in 2011, who could say they could have win or draw that Test. How could you do well when have less chances, and you are playing 4-6 Test in a year and with a long gaps?

  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | December 31, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    It's a foolish move by BCB. They postponed a round of NCL & gave priority to Local league (dhaka PL) & BPL t20. It'll help BD to lose their TEST status. It'll b a good business by BCB but will b suicidal for Bangladeshi Test & 1st class cricket. BCB must concentrate & invest on 1st class tournament instead of business of T20.

  • POSTED BY on | December 31, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    Bangladesh need to perform then everybody will like, but i beleive they will start playing good cricket soon. I remember a famous quote ... what bengal thinks today india thinks tomorrow. they have to apply also in cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | December 31, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    I think this is great for Bangladesh and for its people. No doubt in my mind that this was a bold move by the BCB, but think of the greater good and how in a positive way it can effect BD cricketers. Ok many critisize BPL because the player should be concentrating on first class cricket, and I agree on it 100%, but how will there learn to become true professinals. I think the local lads will learn alot from the international players, like new skills, stratagies, how to manage oneself in and out of feild and many more things. And I believe a tornament such as this will do just that. And for people concern with money and how will BCB pull this off. BCB wont lose a single dollar. Instead it will gain more by this from either ticket revnue and the TV rights who they sold to GAME ON fo rabout 44.5 million. Also they will sell the franchizes to sponcers which will bring in additional money. Most importantly the Local cricketers will have a way to earn by playing the game they love.

  • POSTED BY on | December 31, 2011, 5:03 GMT

    cricket will improve in bangladesh next they will beat any team in 20/20.

  • POSTED BY on | December 31, 2011, 1:26 GMT

    @ Sameer Ansary: pretty simple bcaz of the defeated in 2007 wc.....but its just a game.....

  • POSTED BY on | December 30, 2011, 21:10 GMT

    go ahead.. BD Cric.......Plz.....to hope good for BPL.........!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 30, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    Itz a huge effort of Bangladesh! Hope it'll b successful!

  • POSTED BY on | December 31, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    I am just thinking- is it impossible to launch a first class tournament like IPL or BPL? 6 first class teams, playing in a double round robin league means, each team have to play 10 games, plus there could be a final to finish with. Virtually 44 days (maximum 11 games for a team) of play plus around 30 rest days in the middle. Thus it will take 2 and a half months. Organizers may think about this! One thing is for sure that if there is money and enough quality foreign players, the stadiums will be full in Bangladesh, even for 4 day matches.

  • POSTED BY DecisionPending_BD on | December 31, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    BCB must try to put this money in first class/venues/practice facilities. Don't eat the money only!!!.....Good luck Tigers

  • POSTED BY DecisionPending_BD on | December 31, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    @mars33... to be honest they(indian fans) thought of that. It's a A woozy memory for them.

    About Bangladesh cricket: I've no problem for t20 games. But the focus should be on 4 day matches. Maybe there are 15-20 total first class matches in a session. So how could you expect good results from them. There should be more first class games. BCB should look on that, they should not just eat the money only.

    About 2012 session: Bangladesh will play Asia cup, then Sl series in home(As FTP says), tour of Pakistan and Zimbabwe and in nov Wi series at home. Means total 4 tests. They should focus on Tests. At least draw them, thus they could move into the next power level.And for get ODI, T20, win or lose that matter less for our cricket.Cause It's ALL ABOUT TEST CRICKET. If they didnot missed all 10-11 catches against Pak in 2011, who could say they could have win or draw that Test. How could you do well when have less chances, and you are playing 4-6 Test in a year and with a long gaps?

  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | December 31, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    It's a foolish move by BCB. They postponed a round of NCL & gave priority to Local league (dhaka PL) & BPL t20. It'll help BD to lose their TEST status. It'll b a good business by BCB but will b suicidal for Bangladeshi Test & 1st class cricket. BCB must concentrate & invest on 1st class tournament instead of business of T20.

  • POSTED BY on | December 31, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    Bangladesh need to perform then everybody will like, but i beleive they will start playing good cricket soon. I remember a famous quote ... what bengal thinks today india thinks tomorrow. they have to apply also in cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | December 31, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    I think this is great for Bangladesh and for its people. No doubt in my mind that this was a bold move by the BCB, but think of the greater good and how in a positive way it can effect BD cricketers. Ok many critisize BPL because the player should be concentrating on first class cricket, and I agree on it 100%, but how will there learn to become true professinals. I think the local lads will learn alot from the international players, like new skills, stratagies, how to manage oneself in and out of feild and many more things. And I believe a tornament such as this will do just that. And for people concern with money and how will BCB pull this off. BCB wont lose a single dollar. Instead it will gain more by this from either ticket revnue and the TV rights who they sold to GAME ON fo rabout 44.5 million. Also they will sell the franchizes to sponcers which will bring in additional money. Most importantly the Local cricketers will have a way to earn by playing the game they love.

  • POSTED BY on | December 31, 2011, 5:03 GMT

    cricket will improve in bangladesh next they will beat any team in 20/20.

  • POSTED BY on | December 31, 2011, 1:26 GMT

    @ Sameer Ansary: pretty simple bcaz of the defeated in 2007 wc.....but its just a game.....

  • POSTED BY on | December 30, 2011, 21:10 GMT

    go ahead.. BD Cric.......Plz.....to hope good for BPL.........!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 30, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    Itz a huge effort of Bangladesh! Hope it'll b successful!

  • POSTED BY on | December 30, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    Supper.....................

  • POSTED BY mars33 on | December 30, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    Supporting a comments from a buddy of bangladesh cricket i just say that, Indian cricket fan never ever forget BD cricketer for the difite of 2007 wc if the world goes 1000 years foroward

  • POSTED BY PARTH_ on | December 30, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    Unlike SLPL, BPL managed its broadcasting channel, so this is a good sign so far. So in 2012 we'll see BPL in Feb, IPL in April, SLPL in Aug. Great!! Other international will shift their house to India /sub continental, Cause more than 6 months they have to stay here. I am also hoping abt PPL(Pakistan League) in Dubai. Then 1 yrs full packed!!

  • POSTED BY dulabari on | December 30, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    Mohd Moniruzzaman : ".......Who will provide all this Dollars, it is obviously the people of Bangladesh......." No. Govt. will not spent any money, so no tax money will be spent, rather Govt. will earn tax. People will spent money to buy tickets, but BCB will get that money, so that will stay in Bangladesh. BCB also earned money by selling the rights to an Indian company. Now if any foreign company buys any team, dollars will come in. The profits will be earned by selling the TV rights and from the earnings of ad. Because of the anticipated huge TV audience, those earnings may be significant. So from business point of view it may be a positive step.

  • POSTED BY reyme on | December 29, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    BPL will be a success. Media, Fans, Francise, Players are all lined up. Funding is also in place. Hopefully a good portion of the profit can be spend at the grassroot level and great coaching staff from around the world to improve the quality of cricketers in BD.

  • POSTED BY AlphaTheGreat on | December 29, 2011, 20:05 GMT

    Though waiting eagerly for the starting of the tournament...but the truth is after establishing a strong first-class tournament they should have done this..after 11 years of playing test cricket our players still don't even know how to play first-class cricket...our so-called national players don't even play the lone first-class tournament of the country..alas...when they will understand that test cricket is not about scoring runs with a 80% strike rate but witha 33%-40%...i have no complaints about the bowling as we just don't have the natural talent in pace bowling department...it took India forever to place a bowling attack who can bowl upto 140k with quality..just hope after this tournament we'll at least be able to win more T20 internationals...GOOD LUCK BANGLADESH...!!

  • POSTED BY Aragorn_11 on | December 29, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    I hope the Pakistani players play in the BPL, so they can help Bangladesh cricket improve...and show the IPL the two fingers ;)

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    I love u Bangladesh. But i donno why most of the Indian people dislike the Bangladeshi

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    Some of the comments are definitely from people who do not want BD cricket to go ahead.....the people of Bangladesh is with the BD cricket...so no fear....make the world know that the revolution of cricket in Bangladesh is coming...

  • POSTED BY bilalAWAN on | December 29, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    I think pakistan should start their own league... PPL!!! And there will be no time in a calender year to play international matches... Shame!!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    rukii the point is entertainment. what else you need ?

  • POSTED BY Sachit1979 on | December 29, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    Agreed with Zahidsaltin, if you don't have good enough players to be represented as icon players then eliminate this concept of icon players. Moreover if they want to make it really big then they should attract some big names also. They just can't bank upon retired veterans and other less named international players who have been discarded even from their domestic sides in their native nations.

  • POSTED BY Hanz018 on | December 29, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    i have seen someone with no cricket knowledge saying Shakib Al Hasan ( Best all rounder for both in Test & One day ) as low graded bangla cricket. Alas!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    Most of the Indian people dont like bangaldesh. They always dislike us. I donno why they always do this. Here i read most of the indians comment and maximum people felt that Bangladesh is one of the wrost country. But it does not right. Hope they will change their decision. And Best wishes for BPL ......

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    they should concentrate on intenational games,,,,,it wont be good foe bd cricket,,,its just business policy of some inian company,,they just have changed originality of game of cricket

  • POSTED BY hossain_1810 on | December 29, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    i want world first class & big player are signed to bpl t20, & pak player be.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    When, there are many attempts but no effect, try another. So, I think it's not a bad decision. As Bangladesh is not good in T20's. I don't think it'll spoil our players. We need some 'real' stroke players. Some people are questioning about the amount of money. But, the foreign players would not be available if the amount was less. (As we are not Australia)

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    i think some people is jelous of BPL...so they are giving negetive comments......but its a good decition ...Bangladesh will able to find such a good talent like India found : ashwin , manoj tiwari,yadav,mukund, sharma, etc ..Thanks to india for IPL and Bangladesh just copied the idea ........

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    Excellent news! Each country has a right to grow their domestic leagues. Shame on Pakistan cricket board, despite having the best talent and structure, and a successful local T20 event, they could not make it a global private league. It is a sheer disappointment from a Pakistani die heart fan.

  • POSTED BY Maheshtd2000 on | December 29, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    Having more tournaments means players are getting tired & they face lots of injuries, Also I feel that too many T20 Tournaments will loose fans interest so better to strict with IPL .

  • POSTED BY manlid on | December 29, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    INSTEAD OF POLLARD AND BRAVO FOCUS ON PLAYING FOR TNT IN THE WINDIES 4DAY COMPETITION THEY GOING AND PLAY THIS LEAGUE WHICH SEEMS MEANINGLESS. JUST WHEN I THOUGHT POLLARD HAD A CHANCE OF MAKING THE TEST TEAM.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    Best of luck for BPL. I think it will be a very good bombshell from BD cricket to those who always stalk our cricket. I also wish BCCI will send their cricketers to play this league. This courtesy we expect from them as they always insist they are becoming a CIVILZED NATION. India always talks more nd now I expect they will do more than they talk.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    Gud to c dat ppl all over talking abt BPL & dat's the 1st success! Some talking abt Bangladeshi Icon players! If its played in BD why not BD Icons?! After all the BD supporters will be therin the stadium jampacked! How funny these ppl r! When we BDs go to watch cricket we pray for Tamim, Shakib, Mushfiq & they r our icons? In IPL indians were the Icons. Shakib(no. 1 all rounder) and many great players got much less than many unknown and less known Indian players and that's the reallity! Wasn't there any iconic players in Australlia, Pak, NZ, SA?! Everyone accepted it as it was India's domestic league! The foreign players will play here 4 money not to learn cricket & not to teach cricket! Commerce Controls Cricket (CCC), that we learnt from India. BD has already shown dat they can afford big events! Even million dollars BPL! Those who can't afford it and those who wants the sole propreitorship of t-20 business cricket and wanted to boast around are just jealous. Just watch us!

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    Ok, one request to BCB. You are following India(IPL) for BPL, please also follow India for the first class cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    To all those who give bad comments on Bangladesh ...and BPL your INDIA is now 144/9 they prove again what they can do in overseas with strong team

  • POSTED BY rukii on | December 29, 2011, 4:32 GMT

    I don't see any point behind this BPL. Though bangladesh doesn't win matches often they have a very good support from the fan and to make Bangladesh a better side they should play more first class matches(as they seriously lack confident to play test matches) .it is a good idea asim 229.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 3:15 GMT

    We will hope and enjoy a very positive and panoramic cricket through BPL. We also hope that many cricketers will discover by this imminent BPL. Get together of many legend cricketers in this Tournament will hearten the new sensations like Nasir, Ratul, Marshal, and so many new faces discovered by the Academy. Please avoid making any frustrating comments against our BD arrangements and our cricket. Before making any comments against us, lets see the history and find out the cricketing background of Srilanka, Newzealand, and today the collapsible team WEST INDIES. We as human being can know very well how to criticize other feeble teams but forget to encourage these teams to go ahead or play well.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 3:09 GMT

    Bangladesh cricket board may enlarge their balance of account, but think about who will finally pay this big amount. In relation to BPL, all foreign coys and players will come for earing Dollars. Who will provide all this Dollars, it is obviously the people of Bangladesh. So govt should take an account how much Dollar come from outside and how much gone from Bangladesh. Because Bangladesh is not in a position to fill the basket of foreigners with Dollars. Keep eagles eye and make the account considering our loss and profit.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 2:52 GMT

    really good decisionto start the league ,full supports to bangladesh,t20 is no way going to develop great test players but sure it can raise the interest among youth!

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | December 29, 2011, 2:13 GMT

    They have already degraded the event by naming low-leveled Bangla players as icon players. When you don't have icon players then you don't need them. Dont copy indian concepts, innovate something too. Find some internationals to captain the teams and make it a match of two innings of 20 overs.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    wish U very good luck BPL,good luck DHAKA....

  • POSTED BY bharath74 on | December 29, 2011, 1:44 GMT

    Instead of creating a New T20 league, BD should have allowed more foreign cricketers to play in their domestic leagues like county cricket in england, I personally think that money is being wasted for some uninteresting t20 leagues, already BD batsman play ODI and Test like T20, what are they going to learn from BDL??

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 1:31 GMT

    Very good. Hope we can organize this well.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 0:52 GMT

    i think some people are just jelous that bd will have a second best xpensive t20 league in da world. they just dont want bd crickets progress. whoever is saying bcb should give focus more on developing their sorroundings? BPL is da best reply for that. it will help our players to compete with the best players in da world from different country, it will develop our players professionalism n players will earn a lots of money. so more players will come up to get a chance on BPL. n we will find lots domestic stars aswell. good luck BCB n all the best BPL. cant wait to watch it.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 0:52 GMT

    Sounds funny Isn't it ? IPL Spoiled India's fortunes !! Bt Atleast India s a formidable team with some notable victories !! If BPL can spoil Bang Cric, then u loose all ur cricketing status !! Test - ODI - T20 !!

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 0:47 GMT

    If anyone didnt know,, players like Wasim Akram, Ranatunga, Jaya Suriya, Yuvraj Singh, Heath Streak, Praveen Amre, Arun Lala used to play Dhaka League in the 90s,, in recent times players like Shoaib Akhter, Misbah, Shoaib Malik, Imran Farhat, Abdul Razzaque, A. Blizzard, Fervez Maharuf also played for a the local league held in Dubai. Bangladesh have Indian Grand Masters playing for their local chess competition, Badminton champions playing or having the entire Indian/Pakistani national team players playing hockey leagues. Players from Nigeria, Ghana, Brazil, Argentina plays at the soccer league..

    So, Bangladesh Cricket board has enough money, crowd and organizational ability to pull this through successfully. It wont be as glamorous as IPL ( though Bollywood stars are expected to join the opening ceremony) but it surely is planned to become one the best or most followed next to IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 0:21 GMT

    hmmmm, will afridi play, cz pcb isnt allowing pple who are being considered for england tour

  • POSTED BY StatisticsRocks on | December 28, 2011, 23:15 GMT

    I think all these PLs including IPL should be banned. Infact stop playing 20/20 cricket for petes sake...

  • POSTED BY BoonBoom on | December 28, 2011, 22:43 GMT

    BPL AND T20 STUFF IS DISASTEROUS FOR BANGLADESH CRICKET..... THIS WILL FURTHER DEVIATE YOUNG BANGLADESH CRICKETERS FROM PLAYING THE GAME WITH TEST TEMPRAMENT, ADAPTING THE ABILITY TO STAY AT THE WICKET AND EVENTUALLY BD WILL STRUGGLE EVEN MORE IN TEST CRICKET....

  • POSTED BY InnocentGuy on | December 28, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    Whatte comedy! But then again, they might as well do what they are a little better at than other forms of cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 22:32 GMT

    Some hate BD so much that any BD cricket news give them shivers. These days it is important that you perform in all formats of cricket. There is no question that BD needs to improve in their test department but to say that, to improve in test BD must give up T20 or ODI is just crazy. So many T20 tournaments these days, the world cup is also not too far BD must also improve their T20. This type of tournament will only help them improve and help them send big guns home from big tournaments. Is that you all are afraid of? In that case, cricket will progress regardless what some BD haters say and BD will continue to improve and BD will continue to send big teams like India from the world cups. Your hateful comments will do very little to stop cricket in BD. Remember BD has over 100 million cricket fans behind her cricket team.

  • POSTED BY dulabari on | December 28, 2011, 21:53 GMT

    It is not waste of money, rather BCB will earn money (already earned some money from a six year deal). Players from Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India are playing in Bangladesh domestic tournaments for years. I think one of the the problems of BD players is temperament, and playing with and against world class players will help their mental strength and it will also help BCB to become more professional.

  • POSTED BY Partyman on | December 28, 2011, 21:20 GMT

    Very original idea then........

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    I hope and pray the BPL will bring quality players into national team...good luck Bangladesh...Indian fan

  • POSTED BY wiseshah on | December 28, 2011, 21:11 GMT

    i i think its a very good move by bangladesh.and yesm\, the cricket board has money. actually recession didnt hit bangladesh at all. hopefully it will be successful like worldcup opening ceremony

  • POSTED BY InsaneBolt on | December 28, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    Even without a BPL Bangala batsmen have proved to be a self combustible lot. BPL will just be a catalyst. At the moment BD requires strengthening of domestic/ grass root level cricket, with batsmen needing to show a propensity to put a price on their wickets & bowlers to show skill & patience when the oppostion starts to grind. Not sure if BPL will lead to any of these. Good luck BD. Wake up before its too late.

  • POSTED BY Milonedru on | December 28, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    Why 5 overseas in a side? More BD players should get chance. The number should be 3 or 4.

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    It's very good decision for Bangladesh team

  • POSTED BY Dale-force_winds_steyn_the_pitch on | December 28, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    Is anybody else thinking that this is going to be rushed? The teams will be picked on Jan 15th, and the first match is on Feb 9...

    Anyways, I feel that Bangladesh should rather be looking to use these big businesses to develop young players through academies and school cricket.

  • POSTED BY Rakim on | December 28, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    These leagues are not a waste for cricket and certainly not for Bangladeshi Cricketers. They are already in an abyss. They can't fall any further so this league will be a positive for cricket and BD.

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    very very good luck to bangla cricket board to success this event..as a indian cricket fan.......

  • POSTED BY asim229 on | December 28, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    Should have spend this money by inviting more asociate teams and play more 4 day matches.

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    i am very excited about the BPL, wish its success.....

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    Agree to the comment Posted by Richard Johnson on (December 28 2011, 12:13 PM GMT)

    i wish they had half of this intent to improve their test standards .. such a shame that is at present.

  • POSTED BY ToTellUTheTruth on | December 28, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    Dang, another summer and another *PL..if people have so much money, why can't they focus on improving their surroundings? Or at least improve the grass root level cricket?

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    Surely it will not help our causes to become a competitive cricketing nation in the apostle form of the game. Nevertheless i won't mind seeing quality players playing in our league as it will surely help our young players ..

  • POSTED BY Achillesofthisera on | December 28, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    This is absolutely preposterous and outlandish. Here we are awaiting for better test performances from Bangladesh with lots of hope, on the contrary instead of improving the first class and domestic facilities, now they are starting BPL copying India!!! I am very dissapointed. Bangladesh has a knack of doing what India does. They should focus on improving their test performances

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    While it's good financially for the players - it doesn't do any good for the sports itself. Hope they don't lose out their focus on longer version.

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    GREAT JOB!! CAN'T WAIT!!!! gud job bcb :))

  • POSTED BY longlivewoodoo on | December 28, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    Everything is irritating except ipl . Even clt20.

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    What a waste. The standard of the Bangla cricket will further plunge thanks to this BPL.

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    good for BD cricket ! hope they will try include cricketers from every country unlikely in BBL, IPL wich they prefer more Ausi players ..something it reduce interest of the game! .

  • POSTED BY cricmastr on | December 28, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    thats it .......now they are destructing the game by organising the t20 tourny.....each country wants to cash the suces of t20...just like the IPL......totaly wastage............

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    BPL will improve skill for Bangladeshi players.

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    BCB is rich, they earn a lot through TV revenues. I think this tournament is good in a way because it will give certain inexperienced non-subcontinent players the taste of sub-continental pitches... All the best BCB! and btw 2014 world T20 is in Bangladesh....

  • POSTED BY symsun on | December 28, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    Until the origin of IPL, club / county / local cricket are the entry point for players to get into National team. Soon its going to change. International Cricket will soon going to become the entry point for these T20 club cricket. And we will see only rookies at International Level. ICC will be coaching and producing the players for clubs. Time for ICC to start planning for alternate revenues other than international cricket.

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | December 28, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    It all depends. Can they get at least two-three frenchises with each having a couple of Paksitani players and then other two with sirilankan player? This is neccesary to sell the tv rights in these countries.Bringing in big names is must. Pakistanies should be easy as they were not included in IPL and need a stage to make some hard currency. Ahmad Shahzad, Imran Nazir, Rana Naveed and a couple of youngesters are available as they dont play in national team. Shoaib Akhtar's name should be worth money too

  • POSTED BY symsun on | December 28, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    Club crickets growing! International Cricket dying :-( Players international careers will reduce remarkably :-(

  • POSTED BY symsun on | December 28, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    Gud Move! Bangladesh cricket will prosper soon! BCCI refused to send its players to SL to play such tournament. Now what reason BCCI is going to find?

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    @ indian fans, If BBL is a joke then IPL is a joke too,, dont be too jealous, its their league and let them do what they want, seriously they dont seek ur view on their league, just look after ur boring IPL, LOL

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    Bangladesh are doing this to improve their chances in the upcoming WT20 and it's also an excellent source of revenue for the country...Being an Indian I feel their board has taken up the responsibility to produce more players like Sakhib al Hassan..... He truly deserves to be the best all rounder in tests!!! If foreign players are gonna be involved it would be better to choose players who will be present for the entire tournament rather than for 6-7 games.... Hope the BPL is a success just like IPL was!!! And I am rooting for Sakhib's team.....!!!! :)

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    This is a huge waste of money(this money could have been used to improve the infrastructure of our domestic cricket)........but at the same time this is an excellent opportunity for BCB to cash in on the huge popularity of T20 in this country...........and it seems like an entertaining prospect too.......................can't wait to see some of the matches..........and seeing the best in T20 play their game(wish gayle could make it).......looking forward to it!

  • POSTED BY Karthikeyan007 on | December 28, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    Wow. Min. if $2 million a team! Thats a minimum of $12million and a maximum of $30 million. So probably they would end up spending $18m-$20m. On the contrary the 8 teams in the BBL(Aussies) has only a $1m max. spending which is just $8m. Some serious money spent in the BPL.

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    wow, I realize they are doing this to get money, but how are they getting the money to run it in the first place.

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    IPL is IPL either good or bad to the game of cricket and players, none can become like this shud be a failure economically

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    Terrific attempt,Everything is al right except in place of Ashraful,Mahmudullah should be the icon of Dhaka.In fact he is the vice captain of BD national team.Now he has the opportunity to play with other Franchise by more money.Alok Kapali & others r alright,there's no other option.OK,all the best,i'm waiting very curiously for BPL.

  • POSTED BY chaitu14 on | December 28, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    GOOD FOR BANGLA CRICKET. good move

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    crap.. they should look forward to save their TEST CRICKET status and improve thier cricket instead of investing this much of time and money on somthing that wouldn't help the talent. But yeah, for one thing... no matter what, bangladeshi players will win something at least ... for sure ! :D

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    Just a Rubish idea for Bangladeshi cricket. This money should be use in root level cricket in Bangladesh. Bangladesh need more longer version cricket. This T20 will make the pocket heavy for some cricket business men. Bangladesh should spent money for its own people not for ICC or some foreign players who are already dead horse. Just a rubish Idea for burning money for nothing........it will just help for some Indian farms who are involved with this.

  • POSTED BY rezam32 on | December 28, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    This will be great for Bangladesh. @Kiwi-Jake, read the post it says "Game on Sports paid US$44.3". BD has the best fans and infrastructure for cricket. watch in a few years when these young stars mature they will be the best team in the world.

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    Pointless. Bangladesh has neither the player quality nor the size of Indian market nor the marketing mind of Lalit Modi to pull this off. BBL, SLPL and this whatitsname league will get close in a year.

  • POSTED BY cricfan17 on | December 28, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    Such a waste of money and players' time. Maybe Bangladesh should focus on getting their players to be able to win a Test match before trying to make money off a T20 format. What a waste of cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    Waiting to watch what is going to happen...............

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    It's a business opportunity worth exploring. But if you think about it, the only way this league can be successful in the long term is by Bangladesh actually doing well in International cricket. They will not attract international attention (for broadcasting companies and players alike) until Bangladesh is respected as a contender. In that sense, I think this venture is coming earlier than it should. Bangladesh's best years are in the future..

  • POSTED BY Mashrur_Cricket_Fan on | December 28, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    Interesting to hear some of the comments abt money and funds...100B+ economy, (divided among 150m people is small per person, but per person data doesn't run the country in the 3rd world)...money invested returns a good amount if you follow the "money follows money" rules...I wish them success, hopefully this will bring in enough $$ for the BCB to improve overall cricket infrastructure and invest in better grounds/wickets/4 day domestic tourneys and better pay @ base levels..

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    bangladesh should look forward to save their TEST CRICKET status instead of investing time and money on something that wouldn't help them improve their cricket. Yeah, for one thing... Bangladeshi players could win atleast one tournament here, no matter what :D

  • POSTED BY HocasPocas on | December 28, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    this is gonna be a success there is no doubt about that bcz BD has a huge fan base for cricket. So it wont be hard for them to find sponsors. I dont see why some People are whinning that its not gonna be like IPL No one said it'll be. India has a Population of 1billion+ so IPL will always be the most popular league as theyve the biggest fan base. Good Luck to BD. Hope they'll use the profit to improve their 1st class cricket structure.

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    I dont know y the other countries are soon keen to start an league. they all want to just earn money but how far it is going to be success. sri lanka did it but it was an big failure.

  • POSTED BY manan_aslam on | December 28, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    Best of Luck.

    I think t20 is becomming like football in europe. each country should have their own league. But i think it would be better if you restrict a player to onyl one club. than it would be more interesting too see.

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    I am fan of chittagong! Hope we will enjoy BPL!

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    good .. hope the value of IPL will drop now ....

  • POSTED BY Sayedgee on | December 28, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    No more freaking T20 please.... enough already!

  • POSTED BY Sano27 on | December 28, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    BBL going to be a good thing for bangladesh cricket loving nation....but why cant they invest their money to upgrade the current status of bangladesh cricket....they still looks as one of the weaker sides in International cricket evenafter a decade...!

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    Very good news for Bangladesh Cricket. Wish you good luck BPL .

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    Anderson will most likely be using it as a warm up for Sri Lanka. England do prefer their players to acclimatise as much as possible.

  • POSTED BY AidanFX on | December 28, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    I also need to question the wisdom of this - Bangladesh after looking like a promising outfit a few yrs back - have been deplorable past few yrs. Many people are questioning their worth at test level - And even Netherlands and Ireland look to be a more competitive One Day outfit. I think Bangladesh Cricket authorities need to focus on improving their team and the grassroots level of cricket in this nation so they reach a more acceptable Test level standard.

  • POSTED BY sunny111 on | December 28, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    they should learn how to bat at first,so they can at least once survive one day of a test match....

  • POSTED BY Praxis on | December 28, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    Fix the first class structure first, stop with these silly T20 leagues! What's wrong with Bangladesh cricket?

  • POSTED BY Third_Gear on | December 28, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    CHEEEERS........SUCH A NICE TOUNAMENT going to be ... waiting for itttttttttttt.

  • POSTED BY mihir_nam on | December 28, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    Congrats Bangladesh...Hope its successful and get a place in Champions League. Hope youngsters will get enough opportunity so ODI and T20 Class of Bangladesh improves

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    Such a waste. Instead of doing this invest in root level cricket, infra-structure :(

  • POSTED BY Vernacular_Press on | December 28, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    could be a success if they try within their limits unlike srilankan administrators.

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    matthew hayden was going to retire after BBL in Australia good practice for Gilchrist to rock the IPL anderson will get smashed here too he just good with red ball in eng and other helpful conditions

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    Wow..first IPL and then Aussie BBL now BPL what next?? Lol

  • POSTED BY Sakthiivel on | December 28, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    Come on BANGLADESH.. We are looking forward to it ... Dont flop as SLPL....

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    i wish they had half of this intent to improve their test standards .. such a shame that is at present.

  • POSTED BY Sachit1979 on | December 28, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    Strange to see Alok Kapali and Mohammad Ashraful as icon players.

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    ADAM GILCHRIST, the name is enough for me to watch this :)

  • POSTED BY AidanFX on | December 28, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    What another one - how many can you have - how can you pencil this is with all the international cricket and processional leagues (Bigbash, IPL, Champions) - Over kill

  • POSTED BY Kiwi-Jake on | December 28, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    Would love to know where on earth they are getting the money for this.

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    is shahid afridi participating?

  • POSTED BY HocasPocas on | December 28, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    Good to see they are gonna have their own T20 league but this is the time BD should concentrate on 4days matches. BD performance in test is awful and the only way they can improve is by improving NCL.

  • POSTED BY kaushiq on | December 28, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    really looking forward to this tournament...excited to see adam gilchrist and matt hayden in action

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | December 28, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    BPL, haha, come on could've thought of a better name! Why would anyone want Anderson? We all know he is useless in the subcontinent!

  • POSTED BY Hattrick_Capes on | December 28, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    Alok Kapali will never again have such a good pay day.

  • POSTED BY Munkeymomo on | December 28, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    lol, no surprises, Pollard and Bravo are playing. It wouldn't be a 2020 tournament without the boys from Trinidad!

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    hahahahahahahahha. A bnagladeshi version of the IPL. This is so funny. Expect sub-par boring t20s.

  • POSTED BY Baundele on | December 28, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    A good move for Bangladesh cricket. But do not copy-paste everything from the IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    I don't think BPL will succeed as IPL did, good luck !!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    wow..........................

  • POSTED BY satanswish on | December 28, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    Bangladesh Premier League??? What a joke!! Do these organizers have enough money to host such event?

  • POSTED BY BarmyIan on | December 28, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    More T20? How dull. I seriously doubt James Anderson will play in it or any English player, they've got a tour to Sri Lana in March / April!

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    This will do wonders for Bangladeshi test hopes !!!! NOT

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  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    This will do wonders for Bangladeshi test hopes !!!! NOT

  • POSTED BY BarmyIan on | December 28, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    More T20? How dull. I seriously doubt James Anderson will play in it or any English player, they've got a tour to Sri Lana in March / April!

  • POSTED BY satanswish on | December 28, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    Bangladesh Premier League??? What a joke!! Do these organizers have enough money to host such event?

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    wow..........................

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    I don't think BPL will succeed as IPL did, good luck !!!

  • POSTED BY Baundele on | December 28, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    A good move for Bangladesh cricket. But do not copy-paste everything from the IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    hahahahahahahahha. A bnagladeshi version of the IPL. This is so funny. Expect sub-par boring t20s.

  • POSTED BY Munkeymomo on | December 28, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    lol, no surprises, Pollard and Bravo are playing. It wouldn't be a 2020 tournament without the boys from Trinidad!

  • POSTED BY Hattrick_Capes on | December 28, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    Alok Kapali will never again have such a good pay day.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | December 28, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    BPL, haha, come on could've thought of a better name! Why would anyone want Anderson? We all know he is useless in the subcontinent!