BCB confirms six franchises for the sixth edition of Bangladesh Premier League

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BCB confirms six franchises for the sixth edition of Bangladesh Premier League

Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League’s governing council has zeroed down six franchisees for the eighth edition of the Bangladesh Premier League, BCB sources confirmed to media on Sunday.

BCB had earlier announced that they received eight expressions of interest for the upcoming edition of the Bangladesh Premier League. Three new companies along with three former franchisees are expected to feature in the BPL. It has been learned that the three new businesses participating in the BPL will be Rupa & Marn Group (Dhaka Division), Progoti Group (Sylhet Division), and MindTree (Khulna Division).

Fortune Group & Akhtar Group who owned Barisal Division and Chattogram Division respectively in the previous edition have won the rights for the two new franchisees. Meanwhile, the two-time champions – Comilla Victorians – owned by Lotus Group, will make a comeback in this season’s BPL. They did not take part in the last edition of the tournament.

The BCB has decided to hand over just a one-year contract to the franchisees as they are expected to sign a long-term deal after this season. As a result, reputed franchises like Dhaka Dynamites (Beximco), Rangpur Riders (Basundhara), and Khulna Titans (Gemcon Group) decided not to take part in this season’s tournament.

The Chattogram Challengers managing director KM Rifatuzzaman told reporters that three foreign players will feature in the Playing XI, unlike previous seasons where four players were allowed. ‘Yes, you can say that we are confirmed by the board to take part in BPL. We came here to talk with BCB and they told us that we will be representing our Chattogram Challengers,” said Rifatuzzaman.

”In the last edition, there was a provision of playing four overseas players while in this edition three players will be taking part for each franchise. The date for the draft is yet to be finalized and once it is finalized we would be more organized. You know that the players’ draft of PSL is taking place today, and after it is completed we can have a clear picture about the availability of the foreign players in the competition and can let you know who we are going to confirm,” he added.

The BPL is expected to kick off from January 20 to February 20. However, the dates of the tournament are clashing with the PSL which is scheduled to commence on January 27. Speaking about the clashing dates, BPL Governing Council Member Sheikh Sohel said that they are not concerned about the tournament clashing with the PSL.

He added that they are worried about the constantly evolving Covid-19 situation. “We are not worried about the PSL and we are expecting to host the players draft of this month but the only thing that we are worried about is the corona situation.”

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