As the dust settles on the sixth Bangladesh Premier League the Bangladesh Cricket Board officials have now shifted their focus on the next big domestic competition, the 50-over List-A tournament Dhaka Premier Cricket League.
The players’ draft for DPL was scheduled to take place today, just four days after the final of the sixth edition of BPL.
But the draft was postponed to February 18, due to cricket officials still being in the hangover of BPL, said Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis coordinator Amin Khan.
‘Our players, club officials and coaches were all busy with BPL. The draft was supposed to take place on February 12 but now it may be held on February 18,’he said.
Although there is no set date for when the tournament will commence from, Amin told reporters that they are aiming to start the competition on March 1.
‘The matches might start from March 1. We are taking all necessary preparations to start the tournament on March 1,’ he added.
The participation of the national team players in this year’s competition is in doubt as the national team has a very hectic schedule this year with the New Zealand tour in February-March and a tri-series in Ireland in May followed by the ICC World Cup in England and Wales in June.
The players, who want to opt out from DPL to take rest, will be allowed to skip the league while the availability of the players, who want to play, will be announced by the BCB before the draft.
‘All the national team players will be busy with the World Cup. Some players have asked for rest and they will be rested. If someone wants to play we will announce from when they will be available,’ he said.
The draft will be held in the players’ by choice system, where the players will be divided into six-seven categories.
Amin said the Tk 35 lakh is the highest salary for this year’s DPL, with players from the A+ category eligible for the sum.
‘There will be six-seven categories like A+, A etc. A+ grade will get Tk 30-35 lakh, A grade Tk 25-30 lakh, B grade Tk 18-20 lakh, that’s how we have divided it. The highest will be Tk 35 lakh,’ Amin said.
Abahani Limited are the current DPL champions, winning the 12-team tournament under the captaincy of Mashrafee bin Murtaza last year.
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