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Comilla face Dhaka as BPL kicks off today

Published : 18 Jan 2024 09:47 PM

Reigning Champions Comilla Victorians and three-time title holders Durdanto Dhaka will lock horns in the 10th edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T-20, the franchise-based cricket tournament at 2:30 p.m. at Sher-E-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka on Friday. 

In the days, other match Sylhet Strikers will take on Chattogram Challengers, which will kick off at 7.30 p.m. at the same venue. 

National players will take part in the tournament, considered as the most competitive T20 event of the country. This tourney will be a preparation platform for upcoming T-20 World Cup, which will be staged in the USA and West Indies in June 1.

T Sports and Gazi Television will telecast the whole BPL live from the stadium throughout the tournament.

"No doubt, BPL will help a lot since T-20 World Cup is ahead. This is our prime T-20 tournament. Everyone wants to draw the attention by performing well. I think the tournament will benefit us in preparing for the T20 World Cup," said national pacer Shoriful Islam, who will be playing for Durdanto Dhaka. 

Comilla Victorians, Rangpur Riders, Durdanto Dhaka, Khulna Tigers, Fortune Barishal, Chattogram Challengers, and Sylhet Strikers are the seven franchise teams of the tournament, which will fight for the BPL crown.

A total of 46 matches, in 43 days will be hosted by the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka, the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram, and the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet across three cities.

Dhaka is though not the new team in BPL, however the team will play under new ownership this time.

"Whenever anyone makes a team, target is to become champions. Although in reality, our first challenge is to qualify for knockouts. Sometimes it needs luck to become champions," Khaled Mahmud Sujon, who is acting as Dhaka coach said.

Unlike the previous tournaments, the BCB vowed to make the tournament a run-fest. Several BCB directors of late said that the pitch, specially the Mirpur pitch, which is historically slow and low, will be prepared such way that it produces big scoring matches.