Bangladesh news October 10, 2012

Dispute delays opening of NCL

The National Cricket League has been pushed back by six days and will start on October 20 to kick off the 2012-13 domestic cricket season in Bangladesh. The country's only first-class competition was supposed to start on October 14 but a split formed within Bangladesh Cricket Board directors regarding the number of first-class teams in this year's revamped competition and who would control them.

There was concern among those directors who were nominated from the districts and divisions that due to the introduction of the franchise system to the first-class competition, hitherto under the jurisdiction of divisional cricket authorities, the control of the teams would be shifted to the franchisees. But BCB's senior vice-president Mahbubul Anam, also the head of this tournament's governing council, said that the dilemma will be fixed once the franchisees and the divisional authorities put together an agreement paper and discuss with the board president.

The number of teams has been kept at eight though there were strong arguments to drop Dhaka Metropolis and Rangpur after some directors thought it would be unwise to have some teams under the board's finance with others under the private franchisees. Ultimately however, there are likely to be four franchisees, two of whom - Prime Bank Foundation and Walton - have already signed Memorandum of Understanding with the cricket board earlier this week.

Meanwhile, it was also announced that cricketers who fail to make themselves available for their respective teams without the physio's official report and permission from the BCB will not be considered for selection for the Bangladesh team, while each team will be allowed to recruit and field two overseas first-class cricketers. The match fees have also been doubled, with each member of a playing XI earning Tk 40,000 ($500) per game this season.

The first four games will begin on October 20 before the tournament takes a break due to Eid holidays and will resume in early November.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Bangladesh

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  • Dummy4 on October 11, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    My advice to BCB president to select Pakistan previous coach Mohsin Khan for BD national team. He had opening batsman during his carrier in Pakistan national team. And his coaching in Pakistan national team fantastic. He is very talent and gentleman no doubt as my opinion. I hope BCB consider him because of Europe and Australia coach show too much power. First things our batsman scare to talk with coach, couldn't talk freely. Second things language barrier and coach always moody.

  • Dummy4 on October 11, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    Very good initiative by BCB, with this they should ensure about foreign players quality like to play our FC tournament every player should have at-least 100 (FC+ListA) matches experience as well as to play in English County, Sheffield Shield (Australia) and Sunfoil Series (South Africa) experience. Except these others should not be allowed. BCB should take care about ListA tournament between FC teams instead of DPL. Also FC championship must have to be double league with home and away system.

  • Muhammad Rakibul on October 11, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    It's a good initiative to make this tournament mandatory for all BCB contracted cricketers. We had seen that top BD cricketers were not interested to play 1st class games. So it'll impose them to attend the tourney. But what will happen if CLT20, IPL or other tournaments clash with this tournament? No doubt Shakib will prefer to play those leagues than playing NCL.

  • Chris on October 11, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    I think even the cricketers themselves refer to this competition as picnic cricket. Great attitude for the major first class competition. I believe the Windies tour Bangla before the end of the year. It will be interesting how many games Shakib, Tamim, Rahim & the other senior players play. Or is there some boot camp arranged prior to the internationals because that is better than playing 4 day cricket in preparation for tests? What a joke!

  • sorower on October 10, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    will any chnl broadcast 1st n final match?

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