Bangladesh Premier League’s (BPL) governing council has confirmed the participation of six franchises for the eighth edition of the country’s T20 league.
According to a report by Cricbuzz, three new business houses, alongside three former franchises, are expected to take part in the tournament. The new business houses are set to be Rupa & Marn Group (Dhaka Division), Progoti Group (Sylhet Division) and MindTree (Khulna Division).
Fortune Group and Akhtar Group, who owned Barisal Division and Chattogram Division respectively in the previous edition, have bagged the rights for those two franchises.
Two-time BPL champions Comilla Victorians, owned by Lotus Group, will make a comeback in this season’s BPL. The team did not participate in the last edition of the tournament.
As BCB decided to pen a one-year deal with franchises, some of the prominent teams like Dhaka Dynamites, Rangpur Riders and Khulna Titans opted out from this year’s BPL edition.
BPL to allow only three foreign players in each team: KM Rifatuzzaman
According to Chattogram Challengers managing director KM Rifatuzzaman, each team will be only allowed to field three overseas players rather than the regular four.
“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,” Rifatuzzaman told reporters.
”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 finalised and once it is finalised we would be more organised.
“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.
We are not worried about the PSL clash: Sheikh Sohel
The BPL, which is expected to be staged between January 20 to February 20, will clash with the Pakistan Super League, which begins on January 27.
BPL governing council member Sheikh Sohel said they aren’t bothered about their league colliding with PSL but are concerned about the 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,” Sohel said.