BCB boss Nazmul said BPL is important for them for preparation of upcoming 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia in October
Bangladesh Cricket Board refused to back out from organizing the Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 despite many hurdles coming their way.
The BPL is scheduled to begin in the third week of January and the BCB is still sticking to this date.
The main problem for the BPL has been created following the uncertainty over Bangladesh’s tour in New Zealand where their quarantine period was extended after spin bowling coach Rangana Herath tested Covid-19 positive.
The extension of quarantine period meant Bangladesh’s tour plan was disrupted to a great degree.
If the tour goes on, there is possibility that the schedule of the two Tests might defer and it could put the players’ participation in the BPL from the beginning in limbo.
Bangladesh are scheduled to leave New Zealand on January 15 and after four or five days’ rest, they are supposed to take part in the country’s premier T20 tournament.
BCB president Nazmul Hasan said BPL is important for them for the preparation of the upcoming 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia in October.
In that regard, if the players aren’t able to return to the country from New Zealand on time, the BCB will start the BPL without those national stars, Nazmul added.
“The BPL has two issues,” the BCB boss told reporters after an emergency meeting of the BCB Saturday.
“The (New Zealand series) World Test Championship is not comparable to BPL. After the BPL, Afghanistan will be here to play ODI series, which is the part of the ODI Super League. So, BPL is not more important than these two series. But with the T20 World Cup looming, the BPL is just as important.”
With that said, the BCB does not have much time to organize this money-spinning event.
If the two-Test series in New Zealand is held as per schedule, the cricketers will return to Bangladesh on January 15
After that, they will get a few days’ rest and after the end of BPL, they will have to play the ODI series against Afghanistan.
The tight schedule will leave them in continuous cricket which might take a huge toll on the body.
Therefore, the BCB is also thinking of trimming the BPL, like reducing the venues to two from three.
“There is chance that the BPL will be started by excluding those who are there (New Zealand),” Nazmul said.
“There will be a break of two/four days after coming from New Zealand. They will join later and get paid in full. If there is any financial loss, the board will pay it. You have to travel seven days for three venues. We can save two days by reducing one venue.
“BCB is even considering reducing the number of teams to five instead of six. These are being discussed. I will be able to inform you after Tuesday, when we will take the decision on New Zealand tour.”