Victorians threaten to leave BPL

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:03, Aug 21,2019


Bangladesh Premier League franchise Comilla Victorians’ managing director Nafisa Kamal speaks to reporters after a meeting at Mirpur on Wednesday.— BCB photo

Current Bangladesh Premier League champions Comilla Victorians’ managing director Nafisa Kamal expressed her doubts about participating in the seventh edition of the tournament, terming it a ‘loss project’ for the owners.

BPL Governing Council sat down with the Comilla franchise on Wednesday as part of their discussions with all the BPL franchises ahead of the imminent rule changes and new agreement for the next four-year cycle.

Nafisa, who was the owner of Sylhet Royals for the first two seasons and the managing director of the Victorians from the Third edition, expressed her frustrations regarding the revenue sharing model of the BPL.

‘I have been a team owner in BPL for last seven [six] seasons but I am yet to break-even. It is a loss project for all of us and I am honestly thinking if I should remain in BPL next year,’ said Nafisa after the meeting.

‘We [franchises] are big stake holders in the tournament and so it has totally been one sided. We are not earning anything but spending only,’ she added.

She also questioned the proposed BPL rule changes as the board itself previously termed the last edition model ‘successful’.

‘My question is why will I change the model if it has been claimed as the most successful one? Why not continue with it? …We want continuity of a successful model,’ she said.

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