Chairman of Media and Communication Committee of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), Jalal Younus, has said that the special edition of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 will go ahead as planned. He came with this comment when some talks were surfacing around the cricketing fraternity saying BPL was unlikely to take the field on time.
BCB had earlier informed that this year's BPL will be named after the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the proposed event was renamed as Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League T20.
In the previous edition of BPL, there were seven different franchises. But this time around, there will be no franchises as the board will own all the participating teams and manage their expenses.
"We have earlier said that the BPL will begin on December 6 and it will go as it was planned. BCB has started the preparation to host the most popular domestic cricket event (in Bangladesh). Currently, the BCB CEO (Nizam Uddin Chowdhury) is busy with the ground-work of BPL. We will discuss with the potential sponsors and partners as soon as the ground-work is done," Jalal Younus told the media on Monday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Despite the decision of not going as a franchise-based league, BCB will accept team sponsors and they have already asked interested local or foreign parties to submit Express of Interest (EOI).
"It is a special edition of BPL and we have asked for EOI mentioning this. As we have cleared earlier, this edition of BPL will be branded as Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League, and it is a one-time event," Jalal added.
Earlier, BCB hosted six editions of BPL and with the sixth edition, BPL's first cycle has ended. Now, the board has to start a new cycle of the event. BCB had some discussion with the previous franchises to start the new cycle under a new set of rules and regulations.
While discussing before signing a new agreement to run a team in BPL, some franchises asked BCB to share the revenue of the event with them. But BCB was reluctant to do so as the board president Nazmul Hasan said that they are not in a position to share revenue of BPL.
At that point of time, BCB suddenly announced that they were going to host BPL without any franchise, which left the previous franchises in shock.
However, some of them are now interested to be involved in the upcoming BPL as team sponsors.