Bangladesh Premier League news October 25, 2013

BCB president casts doubt over BPL 2014

BCB president Nazmul Hassan has hinted at there being doubts over whether the Bangladesh Premier League will go ahead in 2014. With just two months left before the next scheduled edition, Nazmul said the board would have to "solve the problems" of the previous year before going ahead with it.

"We want to start the tournament before the 2014 World Twenty20s but for it to take place, we have to solve the problems from the last tournament. We still don't know how long it will take to solve all the problems," BCB president Nazmul Hassan has said.

The troubleshooting would include deciding whether to take the BPL forward or cut away from it altogether. Nazmul and the BCB have been troubled by the tournament's administrative issues, pay problems and alleged corruption, among other things. The latest doubts over the tournament have very likely been borne out of money issues with the franchises. The franchises owe the BCB money in various ways, including player payments. This issue has been quiet for a while, but that is because of a much larger problem: the corruption issue, brought out by the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit during last season's competition, which has become a moral issue in the country. The tribunal looking into the matter hasn't started its work yet, but it has poured more controversy into the BPL.

The BCB are already thinking of an "alternative tournament" if they end up shelving the BPL. "The BPL corruption tribunal has been put together, and they will start their work soon. If by chance we can't hold the tournament this year for some reason, we will have to look for an alternative tournament," Nazmul said. "We need to practice for the World T20s."

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

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  • Syed on October 25, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    Perhaps a quad series involving Afghanistan, Zimbabwe and Pakistan? Or a couple of t20 internationals instead of BPL

  • Dean on October 25, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    I suspect we have seen the last of the BPL. The IPL is the only T20 league that has the sort of money that can afford to pay large numbers of foreign stars. The BCB should look to revamp the tournament using no more than 2 or 3 foreign players per franchise. Besides a lot of the Foreign players in the BPL were not top drawer but were being promised top dollar!

  • Android on October 25, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    my advice would be to organize int matches involving pak sl afg , a quad tournament perhaps , both pak and sl are the top 2 t20 team in the world , also even if thats not arranged then call any associates , playng a bpl just before wc is stupid specially after the injury concerns it has caused the bds ,

  • Android on October 25, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    would be better to invite Afghanistan and Ireland

  • Dummy4 on October 25, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    i wish mosotfa kamal was still bcb president ,bcz when he was president bd didnt have to think about sitting down for long six month atleast , i remember in 2012 how he arranged all those games against south africa zimbabwe ireland etc when bd didn't have a game , after nz series bangladesh have a huge gap in calendar , and since t20 world cup is very nearing at this moment BPL is really important for all the players , thsi will give extra boost to all the player at t20 format

  • Shoaib on October 25, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    To practice for World T20 then arrange International T20 matches for Bangladesh in that time which will be far more beneficial than domestic T20 considering the lack of quality.

  • Shipu on October 25, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    Forget the BPL for now and instead bring more International Cricket for Bangladesh. Its important BPL sorts out all the problems first otherwise it will continue to happen everytime and there may never be BPL again. Instead, Bangladesh should invite Ireland and Afghanistan for ODI and T20 series so Bangladesh players can gain more International experience and be ready for World T20 and World Cup.

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