Champions League T20 2013 April 12, 2013

Dhaka Gladiators upset at being left out of CLT20

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Dhaka Gladiators, the Bangladesh Premier League champions, have reacted strongly after the schedule of this year's Champions League T20 was announced without the two-time BPL winners. Of all the Test-playing countries, domestic Twenty20 champions from only Bangladesh and Zimbabwe have never participated in the CLT20.

They had also alleged that the BCB did not send out any requests to one of the three cricket boards that organise the tournament, but the BCB has denied this claim.

"We expected (to be included) and were waiting for a meeting with one the organisers - the BCCI - of the tournament," Shihab Chowdhury, Dhaka Gladiator's managing director, said in a statement. "We also said that things are on track but the fixtures were released before we could even make a move. We were informed that the Bangladesh Cricket Board was supposed to recommend and request the BCCI. But surprisingly this was also never done."

"We were informed that Bangladesh Cricket Board was supposed to recommend and request the BCCI. But surprisingly this was never done."

In reply, BPL secretary Ismail Haider Mallick has said they never got a reply from the organisers, but they will try to include the BPL champions. "They [Dhaka Gladiators] are misinformed about our stance. We have sent letters to the Champions League T20 committee but didn't get any replies from the concerned people. We will send letters to the BCCI, CA and CSA in this regard next week.

"They went to meet the ICC but I don't think the ICC has anything to do with this," Mallick told ESPNcricinfo.

"We were even told by the concerned that process is going and there was a very good chance for us to participate in the tournament this year, but no communication was made by the concerned thus we were not considered," he said.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • TigerRoars on April 15, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    This is unbelievable! The Gladiators should appeal and if needed, go to court.

  • on April 15, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    Mashrafe Mortaza, Anamul Haque, Joshua Cobb, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chris Gayle, Chris Liddle, Litton Das, Kaushal Lokuarachchi, Mahbubul Alam, Ajantha Mendis, Mohammad Ashraful, Mosharraf Hossain, Kieron Pollard, Raqibul Hasan, Saqlain Sajib, Owais Shah, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Darren Stevens, Alfonso Thomas, Luke Wright. Is a Great Lineup for any Dream team like BBL, IPL, SLPL and PBL. So DG is a next CLT20 if they play properly. I think Every person are scared of DG's Success. Even also CLT20 Management scared of DG.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/bangladesh-premier-league-2013/content/squad/600933.html

  • reyme on April 15, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    It will be very interesting to see DG plays against other top T20 Teams. I don't see how other teams can win against DG. Gayle made apx $50K per match playing for DG, which is a lot higher than what he gets in IPL or BBL. If you go by match fee per game, then I don't know why gayle and Pollard would play for any team other then DG. Hopefully BPL champs can play this year of not at least from next year..

  • on April 13, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    so funny you are cambell!!!!!!!!! just read all the names of Dhaka gladiators....Shakib, Ashraful,Mash , Cobb(not playing in ipl and bbl) , liddle(not playing for ipl and bbl) .....gayle and pollard bbl team not qualify for clt20..and if mumbai or rcb qualify they will not playing for bpl ....but Dhaka gladiators rest of the players have the capability not only fight there but also win the title

  • Albert_cambell on April 13, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    @pollard , luke wright , gayle are never going to play for BPL teams. They play for their respective ipl teams. Even if IPL teams qualify, then they will play for their BBL teams.

  • Crikoot on April 13, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    Best thing now to seek a court ruling in favor of including DG.

  • on April 13, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    This is simply unacceptable!!!

  • on April 13, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    DG has got pollard , luke wright , gayle ,alofonso thomas ,oais shah, shakib al hasan , dilshan what more u need man

  • SapnerJadukar on April 13, 2013, 0:44 GMT

    I have a doubt that any team from current ipl can even put a decent competition with Dhaka Gladiator. ...

  • mij374 on April 12, 2013, 20:43 GMT

    I think Champions League T20 organisers are scared because Dhaka can beat any team.

  • TigerRoars on April 15, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    This is unbelievable! The Gladiators should appeal and if needed, go to court.

  • on April 15, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    Mashrafe Mortaza, Anamul Haque, Joshua Cobb, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chris Gayle, Chris Liddle, Litton Das, Kaushal Lokuarachchi, Mahbubul Alam, Ajantha Mendis, Mohammad Ashraful, Mosharraf Hossain, Kieron Pollard, Raqibul Hasan, Saqlain Sajib, Owais Shah, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Darren Stevens, Alfonso Thomas, Luke Wright. Is a Great Lineup for any Dream team like BBL, IPL, SLPL and PBL. So DG is a next CLT20 if they play properly. I think Every person are scared of DG's Success. Even also CLT20 Management scared of DG.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/bangladesh-premier-league-2013/content/squad/600933.html

  • reyme on April 15, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    It will be very interesting to see DG plays against other top T20 Teams. I don't see how other teams can win against DG. Gayle made apx $50K per match playing for DG, which is a lot higher than what he gets in IPL or BBL. If you go by match fee per game, then I don't know why gayle and Pollard would play for any team other then DG. Hopefully BPL champs can play this year of not at least from next year..

  • on April 13, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    so funny you are cambell!!!!!!!!! just read all the names of Dhaka gladiators....Shakib, Ashraful,Mash , Cobb(not playing in ipl and bbl) , liddle(not playing for ipl and bbl) .....gayle and pollard bbl team not qualify for clt20..and if mumbai or rcb qualify they will not playing for bpl ....but Dhaka gladiators rest of the players have the capability not only fight there but also win the title

  • Albert_cambell on April 13, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    @pollard , luke wright , gayle are never going to play for BPL teams. They play for their respective ipl teams. Even if IPL teams qualify, then they will play for their BBL teams.

  • Crikoot on April 13, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    Best thing now to seek a court ruling in favor of including DG.

  • on April 13, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    This is simply unacceptable!!!

  • on April 13, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    DG has got pollard , luke wright , gayle ,alofonso thomas ,oais shah, shakib al hasan , dilshan what more u need man

  • SapnerJadukar on April 13, 2013, 0:44 GMT

    I have a doubt that any team from current ipl can even put a decent competition with Dhaka Gladiator. ...

  • mij374 on April 12, 2013, 20:43 GMT

    I think Champions League T20 organisers are scared because Dhaka can beat any team.

  • Rezaul on April 12, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    ICC must take ownershp of this Champions League. If ICC can not take over then I believe the organizers has no right to use thr name "Champions League". You can not have a competition running by couple of boards and sidelining some cricket nations and then forcing ICC to keep universal window in the FTP. This is absoltely non-sense.

  • Captainman on April 12, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    4 IPL teams and 1 still couldn't even reach the semi final let alone the final :) hate to think what these teams would be like without foreign players :) what I don't understand is why ICC allows it to have a window.

  • British_North_America on April 12, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Apart from foreigners, Dhaka has Shakib,Mashrafe,Anamul,Ashraful and Mosharrof Rubel.Foreigners like Alphonso,Luke Wright,Darren Stevens, Owais shah make a strong team.

  • British_North_America on April 12, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    jaber022 Yes, not only RCB but also his BBL team did not qualify.

  • on April 12, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    The Dhaka Gladiators are a formidably dangerous side even without their foreign players. There is no reason why the BCCI / CSA / CA would behave so petty and not including a Bangladeshi team in their elitist league.

    Its high time the ICC takes over ownership of this league, otherwise it needs to stop using the the name "Champions League" and instead call it "IPL Teams plus some guests to make up the numbers."

  • jaber022 on April 12, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    bigdhonifan previous year gayle is not able to play clt20 because of RCB's performance

  • KallisTheGreatest on April 12, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    If CLt20 is a private league, why ICC made a window for it? that's not fair.Specially without English counties they should've been given a chance for BPL winners.

  • jaber022 on April 12, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    Dhaka gladiators can beat every IPL team. Previous CLT20 no indian team reach to the semifinal. every ipl team went home at first round. Such poor performance cant reach by any other domestic team such as Dhaka Gladiators!!!!

  • British_North_America on April 12, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    bigdhonifan Dhaka can retain Alphonso at least.It can offer more money than BBL teams.Dhaka has Luke Wright and Darren Stevens.They also have Owais Shah.Obviously they can sign 2 or 3 more new players.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on April 12, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    @ batnpad : At first their IPL teams need to qualify i.e. at least become 4th. @all who r opposing this team: Is this team low profile than T20 champs 4m SLPL, PK, NZ T20 leagues? Can any one ensure qualification of IPL teams that have those Dhaka's foreign cricketers? To b fair, DG should get a chance. Otherwise they need to wait until BCB will become financially & politically stronger than now.

  • on April 12, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Dhaka without gayle,dilshan etc is still much better than much of the teams that play qualifiers.......

  • Warm_Coffee on April 12, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    @batnpad: Yes YOU 'think' but your 'think' may easily be wrong :) also don't forget only 4 IPL teams are allowed not 11 and maybe their franchises of India won't qualify so I doubt they will refuse DG when they also pay money to them :P

  • Captainman on April 12, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    @BigDhoni: You're not making much sense. That's if the teams qualify plus I doubt BBL pays as much DG pays for someone like Alfonso Thomas :P

  • batnpad on April 12, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    I honestly don't think Gayle, Azhar Mahmood,Dilshan and Pollard et all will not be representing the BPL team if the Gladiators are invited to CLT. They would be representing their IPL teams. If then what sort of a team will Gladiators be?

  • A.Awal on April 12, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    Because of only Three board involvement CLC T20 do not get enough popularity and its comes a flop show. It should renamed as Tri nations championship. A champions league T20 should have the participants teams of all Test nations and only one team from IPL not 3,4,5. Funny...

  • bigdhonifan on April 12, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    Alphonso Thomas will play for Perth Scorchers. Pollard will play for Either Mumbai or T&T. Gayle will play for either RCB . So Dhaka will be a weakest team and doesnt even qualify to play.

  • PAKISTANiLive on April 12, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    Sorry Bangladesh Fans but without Saeed Ajmal, Kieron Pollard, Azhar Mahmood, Chris Gayle, Alfonso Thomas your team looks nothing at International LEVEL!

  • British_North_America on April 12, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    It is actually a private league owned by mainly BCCI along with CA and CSA.I think BCCI does not want BPL to represent in CLT20.So, they will never allow BPL champions to take participate.However, if Bangladesh can be among the top 8 test nations, by law of CLT20, they have the right to play.

  • SarfBD on April 12, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    That's some sort of private league organized by three boards. That's not a ICC tournament. So, they are not bound to take us in. BCB have very little to do with it. Hopefully BCB will try to eliminate the unwanted controversies to give BPL a good shape. That's the least we can do.

  • on April 12, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    . with showing respects to all team how can u omit a team Dhaka Gladiators BPL champion where they hv Gayle, Pollard, Dilshan, Luke wrigth, Owais shah, ALfanso thomas, shakib, ashraful, anamul, mashrafi, mosharrf in their squad, n they hv the ability to beat any team in this so called IPL extension Champions league T20 tournament,

  • Alimul-Ahsan on April 12, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    DG has nothing to upset because it's a tournament just for increasing revenue of BCCI. What type of tournament this is where bylaws gets changed at the middle of the tournament for the sake of IPL teams, 4 IPL teams can participate, IPL teams' match is set on prime time (for that Australia will never host), IPL teams can play 4 overseas (sometimes 5) & overall arranged by 3 boards not ICC ?

  • on April 12, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    @ cricket-india, u r absolutely right. It could have been interesting if Dhaka Gladiators got to play. they had stars like Gayle,Pollard, Dilshan, Sakib....

  • on April 12, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    Indian three teams can play CLT without playing qualifying round, it's not fair. Everybody should avoid CLT. England has taken the right decision. BCB need not to be upset. Cheer up guys. You need not to prove you self against indian players. All the best..............

  • on April 12, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    Without DG do u think CLT20 will be a completeone?????I don;t think so

  • biju666 on April 12, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    They r not eligible to play...

  • Captainman on April 12, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    Its a meaningless tournament anyway. Champions League of Cricket is a copy of Football Champions League that's why it was created but the creators don't understand Football is a popular sport played by all countries and Cricket isn't :D

  • SyedAreYouDumb on April 12, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    Once again poor management by BPL teams and organisers.

  • nathangonmad on April 12, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    No English teams this year either.

  • The_Ashes on April 12, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Dhaka although I understand their frustration should not be too bothered because "Champions" League is really just IPL extra or something a meaningless tournament which doesn't really live up to its name and is mainly created to gain revenue and is hardly cared about amongst most fans. The surprising thing is it gets an official window and no International matches in that time which is absurd.

  • on April 12, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    So in this BCB has failed their nation very badly. I hope they still get to play.

  • cricket-india on April 12, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    oh come on BCB and gladiators...who said the CLT20 was a worldwide tourney, or that it even guaranteed fair representation to all? with 3 indian teams guaranteed to play and a 4th with a potential to join them, it's just an extension of the IPL, envisioned and being implemented by the indian board in connivance with the english, aussie and proteas cricket boards.

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  • cricket-india on April 12, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    oh come on BCB and gladiators...who said the CLT20 was a worldwide tourney, or that it even guaranteed fair representation to all? with 3 indian teams guaranteed to play and a 4th with a potential to join them, it's just an extension of the IPL, envisioned and being implemented by the indian board in connivance with the english, aussie and proteas cricket boards.

  • on April 12, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    So in this BCB has failed their nation very badly. I hope they still get to play.

  • The_Ashes on April 12, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Dhaka although I understand their frustration should not be too bothered because "Champions" League is really just IPL extra or something a meaningless tournament which doesn't really live up to its name and is mainly created to gain revenue and is hardly cared about amongst most fans. The surprising thing is it gets an official window and no International matches in that time which is absurd.

  • nathangonmad on April 12, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    No English teams this year either.

  • SyedAreYouDumb on April 12, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    Once again poor management by BPL teams and organisers.

  • Captainman on April 12, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    Its a meaningless tournament anyway. Champions League of Cricket is a copy of Football Champions League that's why it was created but the creators don't understand Football is a popular sport played by all countries and Cricket isn't :D

  • biju666 on April 12, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    They r not eligible to play...

  • on April 12, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    Without DG do u think CLT20 will be a completeone?????I don;t think so

  • on April 12, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    Indian three teams can play CLT without playing qualifying round, it's not fair. Everybody should avoid CLT. England has taken the right decision. BCB need not to be upset. Cheer up guys. You need not to prove you self against indian players. All the best..............

  • on April 12, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    @ cricket-india, u r absolutely right. It could have been interesting if Dhaka Gladiators got to play. they had stars like Gayle,Pollard, Dilshan, Sakib....