100-Ball cricket, a new format of the game invented by England and Wales Cricket Board, is all set to make its debut in Bangladesh as cricket stars are gearing up to play the Mymensingh Premier League which begins today.
MPL is the first 100-ball cricket tournament where top-level cricketers from Bangladesh will take part.
Although there had been some 100-ball tournaments in Bangladesh before, those were corporate tournaments and mostly former cricketers took part in those games.
In the five-day long tournament, a number of out of favour national team players and cricketers from the Under-19 World Cup winning team will feature and all matches will be played in the circuit house ground in Mymensingh.
The tournament is arranged by Mymensingh Masters Cricket Association with the help of Mymensingh District Sports Association and has Bangladesh Cricket Board’s permission, said MMCA advisor and former national cricketer Sanwar Hossain.
‘To organise a local tournament, No Objection Certificate from the BCB is not required. Still we informed them and with their support we are organising it. This is a district level tournament, we have the local sports association beside us and the administration is also supporting us,’ Sanwar told New Age.
100-ball cricket is a relatively new concept where each innings consists of 100 balls. The basic rules of cricket remain the same but little twists are added like the last over of an innings consists of 10 legal deliveries while the powerplay lasts 25 balls.
Bangladesh cricketers Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Arafat Sunny, Mohammad Ashraful and Shuvagato Hom are taking part in the tournament alongside World Cup winning junior Tigers like Akbar Ali, Rakibul Hasan, Parvez Hossain.
Initially the organisers had announced that Bangladesh Twenty20 skipper Mahmudullah and Mosaddek Hossain, two cricketers hailing from Mymensingh, will also play but BCB later barred their inclusion, said Sanwar.
‘Mahmudullah and Mosaddek, the two cricketers from Mymensingh, were supposed to play initially. But BCB restricted their participation saying that anyone who is a probable for the upcoming series against West Indies is not allowed to take part,’ told the MMCA advisor.
There are six teams taking part in this tournament divided into two groups and the top-two teams from each group will move onto the semifinals.
The final will take place on December 25. Both the semifinals and the final match will be televised live by T sports.
The winning team will get a cash prize of Tk one lakh and some individual prizes will also be up for grabs.
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