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Day-night first-class matches to be played in Bangladesh

Mohammad Isam

September 4, 2012

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There weren't many spectators in to watch the floodlit Championship match, Kent v Glamorgan, County Championship, Division Two, Canterbury, September 12, 2011
The pink ball under lights will be a first in Bangladesh © PA Photos

Bangladesh will witness its first day-night first-class game when one of the four opening day National Cricket League (NCL) matches will be played with a pink ball at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on October 14. Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) made this announcement at the end of a meeting which also tweaked the requirements for prospective bidders for the BCB worldwide media rights.

The pink ball has been used before in a women's one-day international in 2009, and first-class matches in the West Indies and England. Two English county season-openers were also played with the pink ball in the UAE in 2010 and 2011.

BCB president AHM Mustafa Kamal also confirmed that the existing first-class competition, the NCL, will be turned into a franchise-based tournament to be held on a single-league basis, the final of which will also be a day-night five-day game. "For the first-time ever first-class cricket will be played under lights using a pink cricket ball that has been approved by the ICC," he said. "This tournament will be run by the BCB, but will be executed by the different zones. We are also going to take nine former cricketers from the different regions, to coordinate this tournament."

Since there weren't many offers from companies to buy the divisional sides in the competition, Kamal said the BCB would start the first-class tournament with any number of company-bought franchise. "Even if we get [even] two franchises, we want to start the tournament and keep it competitive. The rest of the teams can have names of the divisions during the tournament," he said.

BCB also amended the prerequisites for prospective bidders for broadcasting and media rights and extended deadlines for obtaining the tender document (September 6) and submission (September 12). The new requirement stipulates a tender to be acceptable if one among the marketing agent and the broadcaster has five years' experience in the related field. Earlier all three components of the media rights - production, broadcasting and marketing - required five years of experience in cricket coverage.

The changes to the stipulations were made after only two companies made offers when the first deadline - August 31 - closed.

"We will consider one of the three components (production, marketing and broadcasting) in the successful bidder with five-year experience," Kamal said. He said he wanted the new offer to be iron-clad after the experience they had with Nimbus during the 2006-12 broadcasting deal.

"We will not only look at our financial benefit and compromise with quality. We will consider both as major selling points. We will not repeat the mistakes that we made in our last deal. We had a $56 million deal with Nimbus, in which production cost was included. Now we will not take any risk, keep everything in net-basis.

"There will be an insurance cover put in place as well. At the time of the offer, they have to pay $2.5 million as security money in the form of bank guarantee, bank draft, etc. But we will take this for a few days. A week after we give them a letter of intent, they have to pay the first year's payment in cash," he said.

Kamal will head a new committee to scrutinise the bidders. The other members of this committee are BCB directors Ahmed Iqbal Hassan (finance committee chairman), Jalal Yunus (media chairman) and Mirza Salman Ispahani (tender and purchase committee chairman). The BCB chief hoped that the new broadcaster will be appointed by this month, the deal being for four years till 2016.

Meanwhile, the BCB has awarded Tk 1 lakh ($1224 approx.) each to members of the Bangladesh Under-19 cricket team that finished seventh in the World Cup in Australia. Anamul Haque and Taskin Ahmed have been awarded Tk 2 lakh ($2447 approx.) each for being top performers with bat and ball for Bangladesh.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Bangladesh

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Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

Why test cricket is not stopped.We need entertainment not sport.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 7:58 GMT)

we should be at least playing 10-15 first class matches every year where we playing only 4 or 5 that not good enough!!!

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 6:48 GMT)

I don't understand why BCB is cutting down the number of 1st class matches where we need to play more longer version cricket to get improve in test.I think one team should play at least 10 matches in one season.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 5:05 GMT)

Only opening match,and final of NCL will be day-night matches.READ ARTICLE CLEARLY THEN COMMENT!

Posted by sajidnz on (September 6, 2012, 0:52 GMT)

Cant believe what I read!!I am not sure if it will bring any good to BD cricket but certainly people will experience more electricity shortage than ever.

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (September 5, 2012, 15:53 GMT)

Single league- basis Tournament won't create competitiveness. BCB should arrange it in Double -league basis. They also should organize One day (list-a) tournament of the same franchises. Then the dictatorship of poorly infra-structured local club leagues upon top cricketers will come to an end.

Posted by joynal693 on (September 5, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

We wish it will work and it is appreciating to reward to the deserving candidates.

Posted by bdsmaruf on (September 5, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

great decision from bcb. bast of luck bd.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

NCL should be double-league basis. Also should arrange ListA tournament instead of club championship.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

I want to suggest a dream cricket team of BD for the upcoming T20 world cup: The line up should be like this with appropriate batting order: 1. Tamim 2. Junaied 3. Anamul/Asraful 4. Sakib 5. Nasir 6. Musfiqur 7. Mahmadullah 8. Jia 9. Masrafi 10. Sunny 11. Razzak

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

I totally dis-agreed this kind of decision. It is not possible in Bangladesh because major problem is electricity. Currently Bangladesh load shading 10 to 12 hours every day. Even there are more than thousand over villages no electricity. At first produced enough electricity cover all the places then you take this kind of decision. It is possible in Singapore. I have been servicing here last 12 years. Even one second never seen load shading. Better I have request to BCB to make a shelter one of the stadium to run the cricket tournament all the years as BCB has enough Funds. If they want to improve our cricket standard. Particularly rainy season not possible to run any tournament. And same time (rainy season) participate BCB XI & A team go to overseas tours. I think that's way to improve our cricket. I feel very pain when BD lost badly any team.

Posted by Rafelgibt on (September 5, 2012, 8:45 GMT)

WOW...............It sounds really exciting.......Hope this time our NCL will be a dashing one.....As a benefit we will definitely do well in the TEST arena much more better than last few years (If ICC improves their FTP program regarding Bangladesh).....ROAR TIGERS ROAR>>>>

Posted by saifur.raffael on (September 5, 2012, 6:56 GMT)

Great initiative by the BCB.I would love to see franchise based first class cricket along with the BPL and the first class matches sud also have to be broadcasted to make the structure of grass root level of cricket more stable.Mr Kamal has taken some good prospective to make BDs cricket rise into a new height despite some of his odd decisions . i am sure if bd can progress in these rate then within 2 years bangladesh will be 1 of the the best cricket board in the world .i think BCB is now a better and more financially established board than pak & srilanka in the asia and might give BCCI a gud competition within 2 years

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 6:08 GMT)

espn should buy the broadcasting rights to move up their popularity.

Posted by CrICkeeet on (September 5, 2012, 4:38 GMT)

Gr8 decision, bt sorry 2 say how a nation improve in test whom DIDNT GET ANY CHANCE TO PLAY A TEST LAST 9 MONTH. BD PLAYED ONLY 5 TEST LAST 2 YEARS...!

Posted by Proud_GhorJamai on (September 5, 2012, 3:43 GMT)

Im no expert of the cricket ball, but isnt there a bit of a difference between the red ball,white ball and this pink if you want them to do well... shouldnt you go with the red ones...and i hope they are gonna change it to a double league competition in the next few years..but overall..thumbs up!

Posted by Chris_P on (September 5, 2012, 1:33 GMT)

I would be interested in the player feedbacks. I went to a couple of NSW's day/ night shield games years ago & enjoyed the concept but the players didn't feel at ease with the ball & after 2 season (I think) the concept was dropped. It was great for spectators though. This is a positive step in the right direction for Bangladesh. The first class structure needs to improve to be able to deliver test quality players.

Posted by Gowza on (September 5, 2012, 0:11 GMT)

hopefully this franchise system will make their domestic cricket more competitive.

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (September 4, 2012, 22:01 GMT)

Also this revamp first class structure is good but I don't understand if it at all make a difference to Bangladesh considering they haven't at all played a Test match this year in 2012 and we're almost coming to the end which is very strange and unusual. FTP don't look good for Bangladesh at all really feel bad for players like Tamim and Saqibul. BCB should've done more to bring in better series for them.

Posted by FOTO on (September 4, 2012, 21:59 GMT)

Hope fast bowling is better.

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (September 4, 2012, 21:47 GMT)

I really like these positive things coming out from Bangladesh because it shows that they're taking Cricket seriously now as compared to when they first started. Last year, co-hosted the world cup, future in few years will hold world t20, have very good young experienced players especially players coming up like Liton and Anamul, very large passionate supporters, new experience coach and support staff, new stadiums, facilities i.e. cox bazar, BPL, etc etc. But now its time for Bangladesh to be consistent now and win series coming up. Yes of course they'll lose games but we want to see competition from them instead of a mismatch like previously all the best!

Posted by serious-am-i on (September 4, 2012, 21:30 GMT)

its an interesting move to play day & night tests. But I find this copycat method of BCCI to cash in every possible way only to backlash at a later stage. The same happens to BCCI every now and then because of the political honchos they some how get out of it, I sure hope BCB has a Plan B in place as well. I would have loved to see this as a regular matches instead of franchise owned teams, I fear for the future of cricket with the way each country is progressing these days.

Posted by Forgettable on (September 4, 2012, 21:04 GMT)

Good initiative! keep it up BCB!

Posted by SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on (September 4, 2012, 19:39 GMT)

Excellent Stuff From Mr.Mustafa Kamal the BCB President For the Last 1 Year...Keep it Up.

Posted by   on (September 4, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

good decision......:) thats will be tremendous...

Posted by   on (September 4, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

Very encouraging stuff especially if you're a Bangladesh fan. This is what Bangladesh Cricket as a whole needs to do, instead of staying the same or going down, go up no matter how slow it is, its all about progression and improvements. But what I really want to here from the management is how they're going to go about its fast bowling issues.

Posted by   on (September 4, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

very good decision by BCB indeed!

Posted by   on (September 4, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

Again good move by BCB. Good thinking & best decission.

Posted by sourav619 on (September 4, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

but what about dew? it will have an effect in the game as the ball will get wet.In bangladesh during winters at night there is lot of dew.As we have seen during day night one day matches.But anyway a good experimenting move by BCB.

Posted by Shajadul on (September 4, 2012, 17:35 GMT)

Good job!!! Keep it up...

Posted by Mad_for_Shakib on (September 4, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

if ncl will singel league datz will b wortless.why so drama?

Posted by kkk999 on (September 4, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

very good work done by the bcb .... hats off to them

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