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Bangladesh board keen on BPL third season

Mohammad Isam

April 17, 2014

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Mashrafe Mortaza, captain of the Dhaka Gladiators, receiving the BPL Trophy, Dhaka Gladiators v Chittagong Kings, BPL final, Mirpur, February 19, 2013
The Bangladesh board is looking to hold the BPL sometime between November 2014 to January 2015 © Bangladesh Cricket Board
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Despite a surfeit of controversies marring the first two seasons of the Bangladesh Premier League, the BCB is looking for a window in the coming season to host the league again. The second edition was held in January-February 2013, after which problems over player payment and a prolonged match-fixing investigation stalled the domestic T20 tournament.

At this stage, the November 2014 to January 2015 slot is being looked at by the BCB. Bangladesh are scheduled to take on Zimbabwe in a Test series in early November, while according to the Future Tours Programme (FTP), Pakistan are supposed to tour Bangladesh in January 2015.

"BCB is willing to stage the BPL," Ismail Haider Mallick, BPL governing council's member secretary, said. "We have selected an approximate date to hold the tournament. We are looking to arrange the tournament between November 2014 and January 2015. However, we of course have to see the international and local cricket's schedule first."

Mallick also said that the tournament's event management company, Game On Sports, have paid Tk 10 crore ($1.3 million) of the 19 crore (approx $2.45 million) it owed to the BPL, albeit in three parts. "Game On Sports has given a cheque worth Tk 10 crore. We already received Tk 2.5 crore (approx $323,000) and we will get another 2.5 crore by April 20 while we will be receiving the remaining Tk 5 crore (approx $645,000) very soon," he said.

Whether this payment would be used to pay the players was left unsaid, but it is one of two major problems in the BPL. Even now, several players have remained unpaid. The last reported claim was on February 28 when Netherlands' Ryan ten Doeschate, West Indies' Kevon Cooper, Zimbabwe's Brendan Taylor and England players Ravi Bopara and Jason Roy said that they were still to get money from the Chittagong Kings.

The other major problem is the BPL corruption investigation and while the tribunal has given its short verdict, the BCB is planning to appeal against their judgment after only one individual among nine accused was found guilty of "being party to an effort to fix" a match in the 2013 BPL. The long verdict is still due, although it was to be announced shortly after the World T20 held in Bangladesh.

Last year, BCB president Nazmul Hassan had said that it would be difficult to hold the BPL without clearing it of the controversies.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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Posted by   on (April 19, 2014, 19:52 GMT)

If this goes ahead I want to see all the owners' contracts terminated. I don't think many top players will want to come as the saying goes 1 time is Ok but 2 times is unacceptable.

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (April 19, 2014, 5:13 GMT)

@ JWCricFan: U've mentioned fans of Eng, Ind, Aus follow county or state cricket regularly. They can invest because their domestic circuits have better structures & proper schedule. Now come to BD. BCB never declare a definite fixture of domestic matches at the beginning of the season, rather declare for 2, 4 or 8 matches at a time. Apart from 4/5 regular international venues, domestic stadiums have very poor facilities for cricketers & viewers. So FC competitions- NCL & BCL r played in neutral venues rather than home & away basis. Why will fans visit stadiums to watch some poor quality neutral FC matches? If NCL, BCL or even BPL had home & away basis fixture, fans would've gone to stadiums to support own division, zone or city. I've seen that huge number of fans came to support their own city in Chittagong & Khulna during BPL 2013. If BCB have minimum wish to spread cricket at root level, fans will automatically come to support their home team thus invest for the cricket.

Posted by JWCricFan on (April 18, 2014, 10:01 GMT)

If BD cricket fans want cricket to improve in Bangladesh then they must invest in it at the domestic level. BD fans are so "cricket crazy" at the international level, but never on the domestic level. If CD cricket fans actively invested in domestic cricket, then the Board could raise money to drastically raise standards in a short period, and even start televising the games. Bangladesh could finally have domestic cricket favorites rather than just international cricketer favorites. Why do you think the MLB, NBA, and NFL are so huge in the US (all domestic tournaments)? Because the people invest.

My humble request to BD cricket fans, rather than sitting on your high horse...go out and invest domestic cricket, not just international cricket....that's how all the greats do it. (It's a 2-way street)

Posted by vkumar_086 on (April 18, 2014, 10:00 GMT)

Till now i dont understand what the benefits got by this BPL....BD should strengthen its weak domestic structure first and then think of organizing this event...ICC is reconsidering the test status of BD due to its poor records....here we can remember the ICC decision of organizing tests of last ranked team with associate countries, surely BD is going to play test series with ASSOCIATES to save its test status....

Posted by JWCricFan on (April 18, 2014, 9:58 GMT)

I love how all Bangladeshi Cricket fans blame the the board and the national team for doing so poorly and for having such a weak domestic circuit. Albeit that it is in a large their fault, but the weak domestic league in Bangladesh is in a LARGE part due to the lack of interest by Bangladeshi Cricket "fans". BD cricket fans will buy out ALL tickets to watch international cricket matches and world cup matches, but how many Bangladeshis actively watch First Class or any other form of domestic cricket? How many buy tickets to watch Dhaka play Khulna?

Domestic cricket in England, India and all the other cricket great nations have a HUGE following. How else do you think they raise money to develop such great players?? BD domestic cricket suffers because BD cricket fans sit on their butts at home until it comes time to international matches, THEN they go running and screaming and when BD loses they blame everyone but themselves.

Posted by Jadejafan on (April 18, 2014, 7:57 GMT)

Seems like BCB still hasn't learned and never does to be frank. Its wise to include a 3rd test match against Zimbabwe rather than an unnecessary BPL which always causes controversy. I'm not saying Bangladesh shouldn't have a BPL but realistically at the moment it won't work for them due to financial issues and stuff. There needs to be a good long term plan for their BPL to thrive. T20 won't improve Bangladesh Cricket but the major focus and improvement of first class Cricket will.

Posted by British_North_America on (April 18, 2014, 7:56 GMT)

The reason why BPL helps Bangladesh is that it helps to find talented players like Anamul, Mominul, Taskin, Ziaur, Shamshur, etc.

Posted by vkumar_086 on (April 18, 2014, 7:18 GMT)

Till now i dont understand what the benefits got by this BPL....BD should strengthen its weak domestic structure first and then think of organizing this event...ICC is reconsidering the test status of BD due to its poor records....here we can remember the ICC decision of organizing tests of last ranked team with associate countries, surely BD is going to play test series with ASSOCIATES to save its test status....

Posted by Lakpj on (April 18, 2014, 4:59 GMT)

BPL is not the way forward for Bangladesh it will help them to find new talent but the problem in Bangladesh is not talent it is lack of application and self control. you need a more sound domestic structure to address this issue not a slam bang tournament like BPL.

Posted by British_North_America on (April 18, 2014, 4:21 GMT)

BPL will take cricket in Bangladesh ahead no doubt.But some Franchises should be reconsidered.I think in this edition, it is only Chittagong Kings who left players unpaid.BCB should consider whether to terminate the franchisee and get a new Chittagong Franchisee. Payment structure should be adjusted to Bangladesh market.However, our market is not that weak but we lack proper branding.Also, in first edition, we played Pakistani cricketers but we did not get any sponsor from Pakistan.

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