Bangladesh domestic news April 20, 2013

Cricketers protest Dhaka Premier League delay

More than 50 Bangladeshi professional cricketers, including several international players, protested the delay in holding the Dhaka Premier League, the country's most popular domestic competition. They gathered at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Saturday after not having played any domestic cricket since mid-February.

The 12-team one-day competition that is central to the protest is also the biggest source of income for the top cricketers, but the Dhaka clubs have refused to participate without the national players who are currently touring Zimbabwe.

The tournament, topmost in Dhaka's league structure, was supposed to be held in March but the Bangladesh players were touring Sri Lanka. It could be held in May, but the clubs have suggested August and September. It will be in the middle of the monsoon season, and it has led to speculation that many of the top clubs are trying to push it past a point where the next BCB elections will have votes from club councillors from the previous season.

The BCB election is held with votes from councillors representing Dhaka clubs, among many other bodies from across the country, from the latest season. The other leagues and tournaments have been held in the 2012-13 season, but the Dhaka Premier League clubs are the most influential in Bangladesh cricket.

Jalal Yunus, the chairman of CCDM, the league's organising committee, has conceded that the domestic calendar should have given priority to the Dhaka Premier League ahead of the Bangladesh Premier League, the franchise-based Twenty20 competition, and added that all parties have to come to an agreement for the tournament to kick off.

"After the National Cricket League, the Dhaka Premier League is the most important tournament," said Jalal. "We cannot ignore it. We probably made some mistakes in the calendar. I think it should have more precedence than the BPL, during which we cannot hold any other tournaments.

"We cannot function without the BCB, CCDM, the clubs and the players. At the same time, you cannot force it on to the clubs or the players. We want the tournament to run smoothly, so as a result, we have to come into a middle ground."

BCB president Nazmul Hassan met with the players' representatives and assured that a solution will be given within the next two weeks.

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

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  • Krishna on April 22, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    BCB needs to learn a lot about planning and organisations.

  • Dummy4 on April 21, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    Shame mr Jalal and BCB! why do u criticize the players for the failure, rather u should only criticize yourselves for not taking the right strategy, planning, effort, activities to go for right direction of BD cricket! now u r failing to organize a regular event like this! your all efforts are now going to organize the picnic cricket like BPL! you are failing terribly to manage fitness and injuries of the players which caused heavily in the SL and now in Zim tour, failed to give proper fielding coach & supporting stuffs, and above of all failed to build single sporting/bouncy pitch so far, failed to organize adequate longer version and 1st class matches & tournaments and a long absence of pacer hunt activities & training!

  • Mike on April 21, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    This league doesn't have A status. BCB needs to apply for it because its the only 50 over competition Bangladesh has so I don't understand. Also I wonder if some Pakistani players will still be playing?

  • Shoaib on April 21, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    Sadly its true our players including our main ones are more interested in playing these DPL's and BPL's rather than NCL and BCL. Hardly anyone is interested in playing the long form in Bangladesh unfortunately.

  • Rahul on April 21, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    I hope its delay and not the end of the so called league

  • Prasanth on April 21, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    This article could have been better if:

    1. It expanded a bit on the central theme - i.e Players protesting the delay. Apart from two sentences at the beginning and one line at the end, it does not elaborate upon this at all! Who protested? Was there a press-con? or a press release? Who are the stake holders?

    2. The sentence "...and it has led to speculation that many of the top clubs are trying to push it past a point where the next BCB elections will have votes from club councillors from the previous season." makes one confused. What exactly is Mr. Mohammad Isam trying to communicate here? What would be the consequence of such a move? Why should that bother BCB? For a layman, instead of explaining the key reason for the delay, the author has made it just more ambiguous.

  • Farhan on April 20, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    This need to be sorted out soon. don't understand why such minor issue has to be highlighted here? :O

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