Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84
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The 2021-22 Bangladesh Premier League will take place from January 21 to February 18. The players' draft will be held on December 27 in Dhaka, although the participating teams are allowed to sign one Bangladeshi and three overseas players outside the draft.
Teams are required to register at least three overseas and ten local players (except those signed outside the draft) from the draft. During a BPL match, a team has to pick three overseas players. If picked in the draft, the overseas players can earn between US$ 20,000 and 75,000, while the local players will earn between BDT five lakh (approx. US$ 5,555) and 70 lakh (approx. US$ 77,700).
Six teams will take part in the tournament, last held in December 2019, with four previous owners having bought franchises from the BCB.
"There was a bit of uncertainty regarding the BPL," Ismail Haider Mallick, BPL governing council chairman, said. "We had to consider whether the Bangladesh team can finally play in New Zealand due to the Covid situation. We were prepared to hold the BPL. Six teams have registered with us. We have a few conditions for them - they have to guarantee the participation money. They have to make this payment before the tournament starts."
The tournament will be played in three venues across Dhaka, Sylhet and Chattogram. The Bangladesh team will return home from New Zealand on January 14 or 15, which leaves them with a few days to prepare for the T20 competition.
The champions will get BDT one crore (approx. US$ 111,100) while the runners-up side will get BDT 50 lakhs (approx. US$ 55,555).