Ahead of the new edition of Bangladesh Premier League, they got a major jolt as one of the consistent participants set to not continue for the upcoming version. Chittagong Vikings, who has been part of the tournament for five long years now, are unable to keep in the tournament for the new edition.

It came as a surprise as the Chittagong Vikings is a significant team in the tournament. They always supported the players to the core, but unfortunately, they are failing to do this time as the owners want to quit.

I don’t think it will be possible to replace them – BPL Chairman

The Chittagong franchise has decided to not continue in the tournament. All the teams are set to give their retained players’ list on  September 30th, which is the final date to mail their lists.

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Chittagong Vikings (Credits – AFP)

However, Chittagong Vikings gave a surprise to the board by writing their unavailability to go ahead in the upcoming edition of the Bangladesh Premier League. However, there is a slight chance to see Vikings back if officials convince the owners.

”Yes they have mailed saying that they are unable to continue in the tournament,” BPL acting chairman Sheikh Sohel confirmed to Cricbuzz on Monday (October 1). ”But we are waiting for the arrival of their franchise owner. They were with us for the last five years so we hope that we can convince them to be part of BPL,” Sohel said.

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The player’s drafts of the BPL will take place on October 25. (Image Courtesy: BCB)

When asked whether they will go for a new franchise if they fail to convince Vikings, BPL acting chairman said, “‘I don’t think it will be possible to replace them with a new franchise. In that case, we will have to play the tournament with six teams.”

The upcoming edition of Bangladesh Premier League is set to make its way on January 5th. It was initially planned to take place in October, but the interference of elections pushed the tournament to next year.