Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Sunday confirmed that the 7th edition of Dhaka Premier League will begin from May 31. The List A tournament was postponed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic globally.
”The CCDM with the support of the BCB0 plan to organize the DPL from May 31. As decided earlier it will be a T20 event. Considering the busy international schedule and the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup, we believe that T20 is the ideal format for the 2019-20 League,” CCDM chairman Kazi Inam Ahmed was quoted in a statement issued by BCB in May 2.
The board had postponed the tournament indefinitely last year in March in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. But considering the demand from the players to resume the tournament since it generates a major chunk of revenue, the board decided to resume it.
The tournament was earlier played in a 50-over format was slated to revamp into T20 format, for the preparation of the T20 World Cup. The upcoming edition of the T20 World Cup is set to be hosted by India in the October-November window.
”Naturally it will help (playing DPL in the shortest format) ahead of the forthcoming ICC T20 World Cup as we feel it will benefit us in preparing our cricketers for the global event,” Kazi Inam Ahmed, chairman of Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis, a BCB wing entrusted with the duty of completing the tournament, told Cricbuzz.
”We have taken that into consideration before putting up this proposal to the clubs plus the window that we have is so short we cannot accommodate anything apart from the shortest format,” he said
“The BCB President has given a clear direction on the importance of players’ safety during these times. The Board has successfully completed two tournaments this season and has hosted the West Indies in Bangladesh.
“We will draw from these learnings and make plans for the Bangabandhu DPL accordingly. We know what this league means to the players and clubs and appreciate their support during the planning stage,” Inam added.