The BCB's tournament committee has introduced a new one-day tournament, as a part of the Bangladesh Cricket League, which will take place before Pakistan tour Bangladesh in April. The four-team competition has been introduced to facilitate the Bangladesh team's preparation ahead of Pakistan's tour that is scheduled to begin on April 15.

The List-A tournament will be played in a league format where the four teams will face each other once. The top two teams of the table will then qualify for the final. All the matches will be day-night and played at the Shere Bangla National Stadium or the Fatullah Cricket Stadium.

"The BCL one-day tournament will begin in the first week of April and conclude by April 11 with the final game," Akram Khan, the tournament committee chairman, said. "After that the national cricketers will join national camp for the Pakistan series while we are thinking to start the BCL four-day season from April 20."

The BCL has four zonal teams with only the North Zone being financially backed by the BCB, the other three are backed by Walton (Central Zone), Prime Bank (South Zone) and Islami Bank (East Zone).

Akram said that the decision to run the new tournament was due to the demand of the three franchises for national cricketers.

"The franchises usually want national cricketers, so since we are first playing the ODI series against Pakistan, we thought of introducing this new tournament," he said.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84