Bangladesh news August 5, 2013

BCB announces packed domestic schedule

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The Bangladesh Cricket Board has announced an ambitious domestic schedule for the 2013-14 season, which includes two Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League tournaments. The first of the two leagues is from the 2012-13 season that had to be rescheduled five times since March this year.

There will be five major domestic tournaments in addition to Bangladesh's international series at home against New Zealand in October and Sri Lanka in January 2014. The Asia Cup and the ICC World Twenty20s are also scheduled in this period, making it the busiest cricket season in the country's history.

The BCB has, over the years (including the past season), struggled to hold matches as per the initial domestic schedule, but this time they cannot afford to tinker because of the lack of space between the tournaments.

The pending edition of the Dhaka Premier League, the domestic one-day competition, will kick off the 2013-14 season in early September. It will run for nearly three months, during which time New Zealand will tour Bangladesh to play a full series.

The first-class competition, the National Cricket League, will take place over two months in November (after the Dhaka Premier League) and December. It will be followed by the BPL Twenty20 tournament, scheduled for the end of the year, but it is likely to be a much shorter affair given all the trouble it has had with defaulting franchises.

There will be a three-month break for the domestic cricketers as the national side will take on Sri Lanka in Tests and ODIs in January, play the Asia Cup in late February and the ICC World Twenty20s from mid-March.

The 2013-14 Dhaka Premier League will then be held in April; the other first-class tournament, the Bangladesh Cricket League that was inaugurated last year with four zonal teams, will be held in June, following which India will tour to play three ODIs in June.

The major concern about such a long and tight schedule is whether the Dhaka Premier League clubs are able to take part in two competitions in the same season. The clubs have had financial problems, and they approached the BCB for monetary support this season, so it will be hard for them to play two seasons of the league in the space of eight-nine months

The second area of concern is whether the BCL, the country's second first-class tournament, will get marginalised due to the heavy scheduling. It was a promising tournament with the best first-class performers from the NCL, but the BCB has pushed it to June, a month when cricketers usually stay indoors due to the start of the monsoons.

On the plus side, the BCB now has additional cricket grounds in Dhaka and around the country to host the various tournaments, including the lower tiers of the Dhaka league system, the district-level and age-group competitions. The two new grounds at Bangladesh's sport institute, BSKP, will be used alongside the outer ground at Fatullah.

The other advantage is for the players, who will have additional opportunities to play. However, a number of players remain sceptical of the schedule, especially in a season in which four international engagements are to take place.

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

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  • QTS_ on August 8, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    It is worth noting that national players will be trying to play most of the tournaments in the busy calendar described. In the past, we have seen that such prolonged exposure, be it T20 or OD or First-class, has brought favourable results for the Bangladesh team, as against NZ in 2010 and Asia Cup in 2012 and the series over the previous year. Perhaps that was the strategy kept in mind by the BCB.

    At the same time, it is important to ensure that injuries are minimised, particularly to our fragile fast bowlers. With Shahadat and Rubel removed off the radar, we only have Robiul and Ziaur for the national team, along with Mashrafe occasionally. Therefore, unless new fast bowlers come up from these tournaments, these bowlers have to be treated with caution during the busy scedule. Earlier this year, Shakib had to be sidelined against Sri Lanka owing to injury.

  • reidpaulnz on August 6, 2013, 23:01 GMT

    The BCB may have announced a packed domestic schedule but as 'The Rising Team' said above, Bangladesh needs more international cricket. Unbelievably with only 1.5 to 2 months to go until the NZ tour of Bangladesh, the BCB have not released any official tour dates or venues.

  • Warm_Coffee on August 6, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    @Srini_Chennai: lol Bangladesh have whitewashed New Zealand 5-0 and beat Sri Lanka last year in Asia Cup and again this year in Sri Lanka so I'm afraid you are very wrong :P

  • Srini_Indian on August 6, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    It'll be a real miracle if Bangladesh manages to win even 1 match against NZ or SL.

  • aewahid on August 6, 2013, 2:40 GMT

    Pushing the BCL to the rainy season...terrible decision. BCB won't ever learn. And they need to get more Tests and ODIs.

  • unlocker on August 5, 2013, 22:46 GMT

    Pls bcb dont,t missed 3rd Bpl seasons anyhow ! We can't accept it from bcb. So I suggest for solved all issue about Bpl like franchise problem player payment pls take preparation from now .no excuse about Bpl.

  • dummy4fb on August 5, 2013, 21:40 GMT

    why did we have to scrap the bangladesh-sl-pakistan triabgular series to make way for asia cup??why not have both since we dont get much game anyways..

  • TheHindu on August 5, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    BD should look to find players who could play well in Test Matches.

  • DoraemonBangladesh on August 5, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    Bpl will be less than a month!!!