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Barisal Bulls withdrawn from BPL 2017

Barisal Bulls' Shahriar Nafees looks on after pulling the ball square BCB

This year's Bangladesh Premier League will be without Barisal Bulls after the governing council ousted them for not paying the tournament fees. The tournament will now have seven teams.

"At a meeting today, we decided that Barisal Bulls will not be participating in the 2017 BPL," governing council chairman Afzalur Rahman Sinha said. "They didn't meet the BPL's financial terms and conditions."

The Barisal franchise, co-owned by Axiom Technologies and BCB director MA Awwal Chowdhury, finished last in 2016. ESPNcricinfo understands that one of the owners was reluctant to run the team this year due to financial difficulties.

Sinha said the Barisal players, including their icon player, were likely to be in the draft next month.