Bangladesh domestic news October 14, 2012

NCL to retain its old format

ESPNcricinfo staff

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided to revert to the old format of the National Cricket League (NCL), overturning its earlier decision of incorporating the proposed franchise system. The players will be paid match fees according to the previous season's payment scheme. To keep the franchises, which have already been signed, the board is planning another first-class tournament involving four teams after the NCL.

The decision to retain the old format and create a new tournament for the franchises was taken at a meeting on October 10, though the BCB only announced the franchise system during a press briefing addressed by senior vice-president Mahbub Anam.

"After the West Indies series, we will host a four-team, regional first-class tournament, which will be franchise-based," Tournament committee chairman Gazi Ashraf Hossain told Prothom Alo. "The NCL will be held as it has always been."

The change means that the divisional cricket authorities kept control of administration and won the tussle against a section of the BCB that had already brought in two companies and were about to sign two more to take over as franchisees. It was assumed that the four other teams, apart from the franchises, would be financed by the BCB.

The 2012-13 NCL will have some changes, though. The board hinted at a change in the points system, with more points awarded for winning matches rather than bonus points. The tournament will have only one group, with each team playing the other once.

The international cricketers have been asked to play the first two rounds of the NCL, between October 20 and November 2. Mashrafe Mortaza, however, is likely to miss out due to a slow rehabilitation process. Mortaza was told earlier this year by medical staff that it would take more than a year for him to play long-form cricket.

The proposed franchise competition will have a zonal allotment: players from Rajshahi and Rangpur will make up the team for the northern region, Barisal and Khulna players will be in the southern region's team, Chittagong and Sylhet players in eastern region and Dhaka Division and Dhaka Metropolis players in the central region. The national selectors will be asked to give a list of approximately 80 cricketers, with emphasis on under-25 cricketers.

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  • Dummy4 on October 17, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    It's not a good move, just followed India's domestic structure. But as my view BCB should create their own domestic structure which will be modeled by their own idea. If they failed to design something new, then they should follow England, Australia or South Africa's domestic structure.

  • Salem on October 16, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    I think the 4 franchise bit will be interesting and a wise move instead of 8.

  • Dummy4 on October 16, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    I actually like this idea. It means that more FC matches r being played

  • Dummy4 on October 16, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    This actually sounds good on paper...another FC tournament and one after the WI series so that the seniors will be there. What are they going to call this league?

  • KH. RAFIQUE on October 15, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    The new formats of the FC matches sounds great.........Hopefully all the thing goes according to BCB description......The later format will be an interesting one i guess....Hope few world class players would play in this later part.....All the best>>>>>>

  • Andrew on October 14, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    I think that it is critical for a FC comp in Bangladesh to be 4 teams, & have their National players available. This is the best way to raise the domestic standard. I also applaud any move to do away with bonus points. You don't get bonus points in Test cricket. It should be like the Sheffield Shield, you get 2 points for 1st innings lead & something 6 or 8 points for winning outright, no points for a draw.

  • Asaad on October 14, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    This actually sounds good on paper...another FC tournament and one after the WI series so that the seniors will be there. What are they going to call this league? And will the teams get catchy nicknames? While those are minor issues, I hope they will be able to draw crowds and get televised matches. How many matches will there be? With just 4 teams they should play double round robin and have a 3-match series for the Final and a 3rd place series of equal length. That ensures 9 matches for all sides.

  • Smith on October 14, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    The important thing is Bangladeshi players especially their International ones play in these matches a lot because they usually don't and pay the price for it. The problem with NCL is that these Bangladeshi players don't play tall fast bowlers which is why having 2 foreign players ideally fast good tall bowlers is vital in this league so they can play them comfortably and with ease.

  • Dummy4 on October 14, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    Damn! so it means Mashrafe is not allowed to play in the Test matches then, then I can't see Bangladesh winning a Test match if thats the case because we don't have a decent fast bowler after him. But if he's fit enough to play in all the ODIs then so be, its our best chance of winning anyway.

  • Nathan on October 14, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    More first class cricket can't be a bad thing.

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