The Bangladesh Cricket Board has decided to shelve the seventh edition of the Bangladesh Premier League T20 (BPL), which was scheduled to start in December this year. Instead, the BCB will hold a T20 tournament managed by the BPL governing council, a model similar to that of the Big Bash T20 in Australia.
The tournament will be named after the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to mark his 100th birthday.
The decision to change the tournament format however, has irked the cricketing arena and is being understood to be an aftermath of the conflict between the BPL GC and the existing franchises.
The saga of conflict between the BPL GC and the franchises was triggered with Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib al Hasan’s move to Rangpur Riders from Dhaka Dynamites.
Following Rangpur’s announcement of signing Shakib, the BPL GC all of a sudden came hard on the franchises and denied acknowledging any signings of players to any team for the upcoming season of the tournament.
The BPL GC had declared of setting fresh rules to start a “new four-year cycle”, which was opposed by majority of the franchises.
“We were expected to sign fresh agreements with the franchises and we had meetings with them. Many of the franchises had a list of observations and demands. But it is not possible to meet those demands with the BPL model we currently have,” said BCB president Nazmul Hasan. “There are a few franchises who also are not happy having two editions of the tournament in a same year. It is not that they do not want to participate, but they have that observation. So having considered the whole situation we will have a T20 tournament managed by the board this year. No franchises will be involved in this tournament. The tournament will be funded by the board,” added the BCB boss.