Bangladesh news December 18, 2013

BCB to conduct four-team T20 tournament

The BCB is close to organising an impromptu domestic Twenty20 tournament that is likely to begin next week. The board has taken this decision with Bangladesh's low T20 ranking in mind, to give the players more exposure to the format. According to the board's initial 2013-14 schedule, the Bangladesh Premier League was supposed to take place at this time of the season.

Unlike the BPL, the new tournament will be a four-team affair, the likely participants being Dhaka Premier League clubs who will be invited by the BCB. The selection of the clubs seems to depend particularly on the clubs' wish to take part.

"Our board president [Nazmul Hassan] has convinced Abahani and Mohammedan Sporting Club to take part in the T20 tournament. Prime Bank is the other team. We are looking for a fourth, after which an official announcement will be made, most probably on Friday," said a board official.

Corporate houses were being talked about initially, with the BCB's marketing and tournament committees contacting a few companies. The national selectors had also picked the four teams, as they did for the Bangladesh Cricket League, the newly formed first-class competition which began last season. But the change of plan was made on Wednesday.

The cricketers will be divided into categories A and B, and will respectively receive Tk 35,000 and Tk 25,000 each. Each team is likely to get four current Bangladesh cricketers. The teams will play each other twice in a round-robin format, and most of the tournament will be played at the Sylhet Divisional Stadium. "We are trying to hold the last few matches, including the final, in Dhaka but that will depend on availability of live TV coverage. Whether the ICC will let us use the Mirpur stadium is another matter we have to consider," said the BCB official.

If most of the matches are held in Sylhet, it will serve as ideal preparation for the ground, which is set to host an ODI between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in February and several World T20 matches the following month.

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

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  • Nasim on December 19, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    somewhere else here I've pointed out what is causing the CRISIS OF QUALITY PACE bowling - it's simply lack of game practice and encouragement for the bowlers. For instance, Dolar Mahmud, who had some promising U-19 performances and decent first class record (thanks to National Cricket League) could play only 3 matches in the last Dhaka Premier League. He is now 24 and if goes through this kind of on-off seasons for next few years he might at best end up like Tapash Baisya, who is still kicking at his age of 31 but has little chance to return in international cricket.

    For the club officials money is the first priority and you can't blame them entirely for the falling out of our cricketing talents. BCB must come up with some sustainable and effective plans...

  • Shipu on December 18, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    Its good to see BCB finding ways for Bangladesh to become better at T20s but the answer is obvious why Bangladesh have played poorly in that form - Our BOWLERS!! they concede far too many runs and need to restrict totals in order for Bangladesh to win. Its hard to see Bangladesh beat teams like West Indies and Australia unless the pitch turns because they have so much fire-power which Bangladesh lacks. Also we don't play anywhere near the amount of T20s compared to the top 8.

  • Nasim on December 18, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    Great, but I'm afraid it's hardly enough for our World T20I preparations (Afghanistan will tour Zimbabwe next month to play several T20Is). Anyway, something is better than nothing, I guess. BCB better kill the bugs of BPL to revive it ASAP. If they can pursue Pakistani players return to BPL, even better.

    Little worried though about when they'll hold the National Cricket League. I thought the idea of BCL followed by NCL, was the most intelligent one adopted by BCB so far, and it'd be a shame if they give up on that.

  • Krishna on December 18, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    Well Bangladesh needs to learn the fact that T20 format cannot be perfected by anyone.Soon they will realize that this kind of tournaments are waste of time because if it was true then the way India conducts IPL they should have been T20 world champions every time.

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