The Bangladesh Cricket Board has revealed a fresh idea of launching a new domestic T20 tournament for local cricketers around.
The BCB’s tournament committee has announced the launch of a new one-day tournament which will be considered as a part of Bangladesh Cricket League which will begin on February 25 and will go until 3rd March that is before Pakistan tour Bangladesh in April. This tournament has been initiated to promote the Bangladesh team’s preparation one step ahead of Pakistan’s tour that is soon to begin on 15th April.
The 12 participating teams from Dhaka Premier Division Cricket, country’s club-based tournament; will take part in the tournament.
This newly introduced tournament will be played on a league-basis during the week-long tournament where four respective teams will challenge each other. The two topper teams out of four will get qualified for the semi-finals scheduled on March 1st following the final to be held just after 2 days that is March 3rd. All the matches will be day-night and played at the Shere Bengal National Stadium or the Fatullah Cricket Stadium.
Although the name to the tournament is not yet decided, according to few of the reports, it is likely to get a name – Dhaka Premier League (DPL) Twenty20 Cricket Tournament. The announcement was made in public domain as the players’ draft for the upcoming edition of the DPL country’s traditional club-based 50-over tournament was completed.
“The Bangladesh Cricket League one-day tournament will begin in the 1st week of April and will complete by April 11 with the final game,” The tournament committee chairman- Akram Khan said. “After that, the national cricketers will join the national camp for the Pakistan series while we are thinking to start the BCL four-day season from April 20.”
The Bangladesh Cricket League has 4 zonal teams with only the North Zone being financially weak compared to the BCB, the other 3 are backed by Walton (Central Zone), Prime Bank (South Zone) and Islami Bank (East Zone).
As said by Kazi they decided to introduce this T20 tournament that will be battled between 12 teams od DPL. Initially, it will be played on a small scale, so they decided to conclude the competition within a week but in the future, they will try to organize it and hold it in a bigger way.
Also, Akram said that the idea behind running the new tournament was implemented due to the demand of the 3 franchises for national cricketers. According to him the franchises usually want the national cricketers, so since they are playing the ODI series against Pakistan, they thought of initiating this new league.
As Inam said, the entire initiative was taken as they wanted to make this T20 tournament a raising hub for the Bangladesh Premier League, country’s franchise-based T20 tournament.
In the country, Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) is the only home level T20 competition; whereas, in the other countries, they have more than one competitions for the shortest format – thus finding players to exceed in Twenty20 cricket at high level and therefore, as a result, their development in the shorter formats is quite high.
Where BPL is being dominated by some foreign cricketers and some well-known major stars of the national set-up, hardly any of the domestic cricketers are introduced as most of them are ignored by the franchises. This may be one of the reasons that Bangladesh failed to introduce stunning T20 players in the last 5 years despite BPL’s success.
In the last edition of Bangladesh Premier League many national cricketers, including Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah, advocated the significance of a local Twenty20 tournament for developing local talents.
“I think this is the 1st step towards taking T20 cricket ahead in our country,” said Inam. “For example, there is the Syed Mushtaq competition in India and a lot of cricketers come to the Indian Premier League from there after showcasing their talent in the tournament.
Also, he said that they want to make this T20 tournament somewhere similar to it where they can give some prospective T20 cricketers a great platform to show their skills and talent”
“Until that platform is prepared, we would not be able to take our T20 to a higher level,” he said. “And that is why this competition will be played only with local cricketers.
“This year, we are just making the start but I am confident we will be trying to organize it in a larger way from the upcoming seasons.”
This initiative of Bangladesh Cricket Board is highly appreciable by the fans all around.