The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) in a recent release said that they were still hopeful about the re-emergence of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). In the release, it was also mentioned that the cricket administrators in Bangladesh would give their best shot in order to get the league back on track. The league was indefinitely suspended after just two seasons. The reasons behind the suspension dealt with corruption as several team owners, officials and players were found guilty of fixing. Another reason was that reputed international names were not paid their wages.
The BCB hoped to schedule the league in December. The first two editions of the BPL took everyone by storm and the league was a rage in Bangladesh. The broadcasters gained enormously as the TV ratings were quite high. The crowd turnout in the stadiums was phenomenal as well.
“It is not an official announcement but we are looking at a window in December to hold the third edition of the BPL if everything goes to plan and the international schedule is sorted out,” Ismail Haider Mallick, the BPL’s governing council member-secretary, said. “The Asia Cup and World T20 are at the start of next year. We want to host the third edition of the BPL before these two tournaments. It will help the players’ preparations. “The financial structure of the next tournament will have big changes, so that we can hold the tournament every year. We are trying to keep it reasonable and realistic,” said Mallick.
Mallick, went on to say that the issue regarding the dues of the players was about to be sorted as well. “We have cleared 90% of all payments. If we still get any valid claims, we will look into it carefully. For the local players who are still unpaid, we have given Naimur Rahman the responsibility to get their payment cleared,” said Mallick about the payment of the wages.
In all, seven franchises were found guilty of defaulting and their contracts were terminated. “All of the franchises are defaulters. We will not wait for them for the third edition. We are already in discussions with some interested parties who want to become franchises. We have sent repeated letters to the seven franchises to pay their dues. But they haven’t acted according to our contract. We have sent them the termination letter, and then also given then arbitration letter too. But they have never replied to either of the letters. They didn’t even contact us. The other franchises could participate in the next tournament but they have to clear all their dues and appeal to the BCB, which will decide whether to allow them or not,” quoted Mallick.