The Bangladesh Cricket Board has formally announced the cancellation of the BPL as the country still struggles with COVID-19.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan shared the status of the Bangladesh Premier League at the launch of their new three-team 50-over tournament. There, he stated that this year’s season of the BPL will not push through as the country still battles with the pandemic.
He said, ‘BPL is not happening this year. Let's see it in next year. We do not want to miss any game but everything will depend on the situation and circumstances’.
‘Because whenever there is talk of BPL, there must be foreign cricketers. At the same time there is the matter of production. Now if we can do those in Bangladesh then we have no objection. But it is a little bigger arrangement because of the number of players there and the team management are much higher. I don't know if we are able to handle that or not’, he added.
Aside from that, Hassan also ruled out the possibility of having the series held in another country just like the IPL. With that, he elaborated, ‘I don't think it will be easy (organize the tournament outside). I tell you, when we go to run in Bangladesh (BPL), except for one or two franchises, the rest of us have a hard time to play the tournament’.
Hassan also reiterated that creating a biosecure belt similar to the UK and Dubai’s will be impossible for them due to their limited budget. Supposedly, the BPL was supposed to start on December 12 and end on January 21 next year. To learn more about the BPL and its teams, head over to Betwala.
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