Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced on Wednesday that the upcoming edition of Dhaka Premier League will revert to the old Dhaka-club based 50-over tournament format.
The board had postponed Dhaka Premier League 2019-20 last year after just one completed round of matches due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the country. Following this, the BCB decided to re-launch the league in the T20 format contrary to the traditional format to serve as a preparation pathway for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021, which is set to take place in the UAE and Oman next month.
“Certainly (DPL will be played in 50-over format). Last year what happened is that we had very little time and in a day we played three to four games which is not usual. DPL is our main List A tournament and there is tradition involved with it, so naturally, the next edition of DPL will be played in the 50-over format,” Kazi Inam Ahmed, chairman of Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis told reporters on Wednesday after a meeting of CCDM at BCB headquarter in Dhaka.
“We are thinking about arranging DPL in March-April next year,” he added.
Inam also informed that they are planning to start the lower tier Dhaka-club based tournaments from November- December.
“The first division, second division, and the third division leagues (that was postponed following the corona outbreak) are important for us. We have talked with all the coordinators as we want to start those leagues from November-December, this year,” said Inam. “We’ve decided to call all the clubs (lower tier) in the coming week to fix the dates of the respective competition.
“Look there is no lockdown and everything is starting to open up like school and colleges but still there is a health protocol guideline of the government. In the lower tier leagues, we will see what kind of health protocol and if there is any instruction by the government in this regard,” he added.
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