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Update Dhaka Premier League set to return in T20 format

Bangladesh Cricket Board said on Sunday that they have postponed last edition of Dhaka Premier League, the traditional Dhaka-club based 50-over tournament, and decided to relaunch it in T20 format with an eye to prepare for the next ICC World T20, scheduled in India from October.

''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

DPL was suspended in the third week of March 2020 following the coronavirus outbreak and bulk of the local players demanded to restart the league as DPL is the main source of income for the majority players of the domestic circuit.

Though BCB failed to organize DPL the following season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it did manage to host two domestic tournaments in the new normal environment - BCB Presidents Cup and the Bangabandhu T20 Cup - last year.

CCDM officials sat with the representatives of different clubs at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Sunday and later informed that the clubs have agreed to play the leagues in the shortest format.

''We have very tight windows due to the international tours but after discussion and agreement from all, we will be holding the league from May 6. It will be in T20 format as continuation from last season, so we are abandoning the single round that was held last year. We have held a CCDM meeting today with representatives from the Dhaka Premier League clubs,'' said Inam.

"It will have both the Super League and relegation league matches, but the squads will remain the same. Some of the clubs have made payments to the players so there won't be any player transfers for this competition,'' he said adding that they are expecting that BCB will come forward to find a solution regarding the payment of the cricketers as clubs have demanded it considering their financial stability was badly hurt for the corona pandemic.

"We have recommended that those who will get less than BDT Five Lakhs don't have any reduced payments. Those who are in the next slab, get a 10% decrease. This is not final; we have to speak to the clubs, CWAB and the BCB," he said.

''Players told me that they are desperate to return to competitive cricket, even if their payments get reduced. So we are doing this league for the players' sake. Clubs have had financial difficulties too so we will make a decision about player payments after discussing the matter with the board president,'' he said.

A club official told Cricbuzz that 2020-21 edition of DPL is scheduled in October and if everything goes according to plan.


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