Bangladesh Premier League 2012 December 28, 2011

Bangladesh Premier League to begin on February 9


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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  • Dummy4 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.

  • Shakil 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

  • Shakil 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?

  • Muhammad Rakibul 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 on December 31, 2011, 5:03 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 on December 31, 2011, 1:26 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 on December 30, 2011, 21:10 GMT

    go ahead.. BD hope good for BPL.........!!!!!!!!!

  • Dummy4 on December 30, 2011, 13:09 GMT

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

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