Long-awaited DPL kicks off today
The country’s national cricketers can finally rejoice as the Bangabandhu Dhaka Premier Division T20 League, an alternative to the suspended edition of the prestigious 50-year competition, is set to kick off from today, long after the coronavirus outbreak forced the tournament to be suspended. after the first round in March of last year.
A total of six matches will be played in one day at three different venues to end the league in a time frame that does not overlap with the Tigers’ international cricket commitments. The tournament will be played in a double league format with the first and second set of matches at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectively.
Combining the presence of all national cricketers this time around and BCB’s decision to broadcast the games on their YouTube channel, the tournament is expected to generate a lot of excitement.
Abahani led by Mushfiqur Rahim faces Partex in the tournament opener in Mirpur. Elsewhere, Naeem Islam’s Rupgonj legends clash with Old DOHS led by Mominul Haque, while Prime Doleshwar led by Marshal Ayub will take on Brothers at BKSP ground 3 and 4 respectively in the first half of the day.
In the afternoon matches, Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi led by Nurul Hasan faces Khelaghar SKS in Mirpur. However, Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi will be deprived of former Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, who stepped down citing his lack of preparation for the competition. Previously, the veteran right-hand man was part of the squad when the tournament started last year.
At BKSP Ground 3, Anamul Haque will lead Prime Bank, which also includes ODI Tigers skipper Tamim Iqbal, against Mahmudullah Riyad’s Gazi Group, while BKSP Ground 4 will see Shakib Al Hasan’s Mohammedan in their match against Shinepukur Cricket Club. .
The BCB is committed to ensuring the bio-secure bubble, having also appointed compliance officers to handle procedures at the four different standard five-star hotels in Dhaka, where players and officials have already checked in.
“In the midst of the Covid-19 situation, it was a daunting task to organize a tournament of this magnitude with 12 teams. As there are a lot of people who depend financially on this tournament, it was vital that it be produce, “said the director of the BCB. Kazi Inam Ahmed yesterday.
“The hardest job for us was to create the bio-bubble and I would like to thank BCB, logistics, the CEO of the board and the medical committee for their support. Having already organized a local tournament and an international series , to implement what we have learned from experience would be our goal, ”said Inam.
“Even the driver and assistant of the team’s buses, as well as officials and players of course, were forced to pass successive tests for Covid-19 and were accommodated,” he added.
Interestingly, this Dhaka League season is also Shakib’s first appearance in five years.