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Dhaka Premier League postponed again

Mohammad Isam

June 21, 2013

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Cricketers sit outside the Shere Bangla National Stadium, protesting the delay in holding the Dhaka Premier League, Mirpur, April 20, 2013
The Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League has faced several setbacks © Daily Star

The BCB has postponed the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League, Bangladesh's domestic one-day competition, for an unspecified period of time. Earlier this week, BCB president Nazmul Hassan had admitted to being unsure about holding the league at this stage, with the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit's report on the alleged corruption in the Bangladesh Premier League still pending.

This is the third such delay for the tournament; it was originally pushed back from March this year because Bangladesh were touring Sri Lanka at the time, before a players' strike in late May forced the BCB into declaring that the league would begin in early July.

"The player recruitment programme and the commencement of the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League 2012-13, originally scheduled for June 23 and July 3 respectively, have been deferred due to unavoidable circumstances," a BCB text message said. "Fresh dates for the player recruitment programme and the schedule for the league will be announced soon."

Hassan had said on Wednesday that he was unsure whether the tournament would go ahead as scheduled. His anxiety lay in the possibility of the ACSU finding more names, apart from just Mohammad Ashraful's, implicated in the alleged corruption, and he called the ACSU report his "topmost priority". Hassan said that he expected to receive the ACSU report during the ICC's annual conference, which will be held in London from June 25 to 29.

He had hinted at a process by which the report will be scrutinised, following which the BCB will take its decisions based on the ACSU's recommendations. The entire process will take at least a few weeks.

That would likely push the league into the 2013-14 season, which was what was supposed to happen in the first place - prior to the protests - given the work that's going on in stadiums around the country in view of the 2014 World T20. The delay will further hit Bangaldesh's professional players' finances.

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

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Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

Bangladesh Cricket is in crisis again...

Posted by Monjur_Elahi on (June 22, 2013, 8:17 GMT)

As usual with Bangladesh trend, BCB is very bureaucratic here. They normal course of cricket should carry on, with all domestic and international schedule maintained. Corruption allegation is there and they need to be dealt with accordingly, no doubt. This can still be done when the league goes on. I am sure ACSU hasn't recommended a halt, nor did ICC. This is a very stupid decision from someone who is not helping Bangladesh Cricket. This is a very unprofessional attitude and immature display of management.

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