Bangladesh news July 25, 2013

World T20 should get top priority - Hassan

In a further blow to the already delayed Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League, BCB president Nazmul Hassan has said he wouldn't be perturbed if it didn't take place as the preparation of the grounds in Sylhet, Cox's Bazar, Dhaka and Chittagong for the World Twenty20 in March 2014 was his priority.

"We are trying our best to hold the Dhaka Premier League in the first week of September instead of August 29. If it happens, it happens; if it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen," Hassan said. "The World Twenty20 should get top-most priority, ahead of all domestic tournaments. The month of August is a very important one for me because the ground inspection team is coming, and all the grounds are undergoing work at the moment."

The comment comes a day after the tournament, which will primarily require the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka where the groundstaff have only just started to repair damaged parts of the outfield, was postponed for the fourth time in five months.

Earlier in June, Hassan expressed anxiety over the mentions of more Bangladesh players in the ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit's report on corruption in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). He said at the time he was not confident of holding the Dhaka Premier League, because he might have to pull up players from clubs after the transfer/recruiting programme is completed. The league was subsequently delayed from July to the end of August, and now it has been shifted to September.

Hassan said that the league's delay was because of the space the BCB needed to create in the calendar to hold the BPL this year. But the fact remains that the Dhaka Premier League clubs were reluctant to compete when the national cricketers were away in Sri Lanka in March, when it was first scheduled to be held. It was two weeks after the BPL ended on February 19.

"We needed to correct the slot because of the BPL," he said. "I personally feel that the Dhaka Premier League is a very important league, and it has the biggest contribution to our cricket. It should get top priority.

"We have asked for the full calendar on July 29. I am not too worried if for some reason the games don't take place. The old thing could be interrupted to make room for the new tournament," he said.

In this case, the schedule of the National Cricket League (NCL), the first-class tournament, has become vulnerable as the Dhaka Premier League could spill over to after the New Zealand tour in October, when the NCL was supposed to be held. BCB are also planning to host the Bangladesh Cricket League, a zonal first-class tournament, and the BPL, after the New Zealand's tour to Bangladesh.

If the BCB president's comment is anything to go by, Bangladesh's domestic season could be compromised to prepare and host the World T20. The last time the Dhaka Premier League was not held in a season was when the Under-19 World Cup was held in Bangladesh in 2004.

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

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  • Dummy4 on July 28, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    "If it happens, it happens; if it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen"- is a ridiculous statement by the BCB boss. A mere spectator even cannot say like that while being the official chief of organizing and facilitating how he can say that?!

  • Dummy4 on July 27, 2013, 23:51 GMT

    WE can postponed next BPL, coz its outcome is a big zer0 !!for this year in Dhaka premier league, BCB can arrange a knockout tournament with the 12 teams. then at-lest player will get chance to play and earn at-least something !!!

  • Muhammad Rakibul on July 26, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    Here's the list of priorities of BCB (Descending) according to my own observation: 1. ICC tournaments (WT20, WC etc.), 2. BPL T20, 3. Local 1-day Club Cricket (though not a List-A tournament), 4.Ground improvement, 5. National Team, 6. High Performance teams (A-team, Academy etc.), 7. Age-group teams (U-19, U-17 etc.), 8. FIRST CLASS tournaments, 9.Grass-route cricket development and so on. If a board don't prioritize Domestic cricket, more importantly FIRST CLASS Cricket, u'll find some under-per4ming TEST team like BANGLADESH. If this trend continues in upcoming years, I bet BD won't b able to become a Giant of Test cricket as well as other International crickets anymore.

  • Dummy4 on July 26, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    That tells your how much interets he really has in developing the cricket. He is already thinking of leaving the grunt work to be done by the next president whilst he takes credit for the world cup preparation. I doubt that any other country would have this approach-- would rather cripple domestic cricket but still would want to look good in front of the external world. What he doesnt realize is domestic players do earn their money from the leagues and if it gets postponed, their family goes unfed- especially other non-national players. Of course, building stadiums, venues, marketing etc. give opportunities for making money, arranging a domestic league does not. Its a shame what he said but I am glad that he said it. Now we know how good of a BCB president he is.

  • John on July 26, 2013, 3:17 GMT

    To summarise: no-one has any idea what is happening and when in Bangladesh.

  • Jordan on July 26, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    What a disgrace. The only time Domestic Cricket shouldn't be put first is when you want your countries cricket to get worse.

    All this Article really told me is that bangladesh cricket is not only getting worse, but it's getting worse because of statements like this and the clear innability to manage and maintain a cricketing culture. How are players supposed to improve and prove themselves for country contention when the BCB doesn't even rate the domestic competition enough to give the starting time a deadline.

    Simply saying "oh, it might be done by then, i don't know yet" just isn't acceptable. Especially coming from the BCB!!

    PUT YOUR DOMESTIC SEASON FIRST. Don't organize other commitments until you know you can correctly manage it without detriment to your countries cricket!

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