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BCB struggle to find slot for BPL 2024

Published : 31 Jan 2023 08:45 PM

Nazmul Hasan, the Bangladesh Cricket Board President, on Monday, raised doubts over holding the next edition of Bangladesh Premier League, the country's lone franchise-based T20 tournament, on time due to the upcoming general election.

While announcing the seven teams for the next cycle of the BPL, the BCB had also fixed the dates for the tournaments - BPL 2023 from January 6 to February 16, BPL 2024 from January 6 to February 17 and BPL 2025 from January 1 to February 11.

However, BCB officials said that they might have to change the dates of BPL as it clashed with leagues like the SA20, Australia's Big Bash and UAE's ILT20 as it became difficult for the franchises to get renowned stars of the shortest format to play in their tournament.

Nazmul said that at the moment they are finding it hard to get a slot for the next BPL due to the forthcoming general elections, scheduled to be held in January 2024, and added that they will have to play BPL in two parts due to security issues.

"We are not getting the slot for the next BPL and it is nearly impossible to bring out a slot. We have got one but we might need to have a gap in between if there is a general election where the security personnel will be needed," Nazmul told reporters at the Sylhet International Stadium on Monday.

Nazmul also added that they will appoint their next head coach by February 20. Bangladesh are expected to start their next international assignment against England, against whom they will be playing three ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals, scheduled from March 1.

Before the start of the series, BCB need to find their next head coach, a position that has been vacant ever since Russell Domingo left the job mid way.

Nazmul added that he is impressed with the facilities available in Sylhet and a place has been finalised to build a BCB academy.

Following the press conference, Nazmul had a long meeting with Shakib al Hasan, the Test and T20I skipper, at the President's box at the SICS.