Dhaka Premier Division 2013 October 24, 2013

CCS demoted after arriving late to match

Cricket Coaching School has been demoted from the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League for arriving late for their match against Brothers Union on October 8 . They will play First Division Cricket League next season, and all points scored against them or by them will be removed from consideration as had happened last season when Surjo Tarun were relegated for a similar reason.

They were reportedly were stuck in a traffic jam on Jatrabari road while en route to Fatullah Cricket Stadium from Kalabaga. According to match referee Samiur Rahman, who was travelling with the team on the 20km journey, a lorry had collapsed on the other side of road, approximately 10km from the ground, forcing one lane to be closed and a collision between two buses caused more delay.

CCS reached the ground ten minutes before the toss, but about 45 minutes after their scheduled arrival time. The match referee asked for a delayed start, because a provision for a 30-minute grace period had been added to the by-laws because of the Surjo Tarun incident last year - they had arrived late to BKSP ground and were demoted to the First Division Cricket League. But Brothers Union refused to take part in the toss and boycotted the match.

The tournament was closed for Eid holidays but, on Wednesday, the league's organisers Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis, who were investigating the matter, announced the verdict and said it was taken according to the tournament's rules.

The Dhaka Premier League will resume on October 27 and CCS's demotion means that only one other team will face relegation this season. Currently, Khelaghar and 17-time champions Abahani are at the bottom of the table, with one win each, but since Abahani's win was against CCS, those points will be taken away, leaving them winless.

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

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  • Subterraneo on October 27, 2013, 2:30 GMT

    In the 2003 World Cup, when NZ refused to play Kenya, Kenya were awarded a win. As it turned out, because of that win (and others), Kenya qualified for the Super 6 above other teams like SA (SA had lost against NZ). Therefore, by forfeiting a match, NZ were not just disadvantaging themselves, but were also providing advantage to a specific team. If NZ were completely excluded from the points table because of the forfeiture, SA might have progressed without Kenya gaining any unwarranted advantage.

    This is the principle being applied in the Dhaka Premier League.

  • Syed on October 26, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    What a ridiculous decision! None of the reasons are justifiable!! Does that mean any records an individual has done is discounted?

  • Ahmed on October 26, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    everyone knows the traffic situation in bangladesh. what they want? that the team should reach the venue the night before the match??!! and i can tell you that's not sure too because of the same reason, the traffic. this is a bad decision.

  • M.G. on October 24, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    that's simply inappropriate, inconsiderate, and arrogant on part of the deciding committee. the committee should be relegated to a disciplinary committee for evaluation..... you take into consideration facts, then apply rule, ....

  • amit on October 24, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    thats a sad news.. demoralising for the players as they were not at fault in such situation! even when match referee was with them, n they reached before toss time, they suffer demotion.. good players come out from support n not from demoralising them!

  • Dummy4 on October 24, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    that's just unprofessional!

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