Rain pushes BPL start to Nov 8

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:03, Nov 06,2016


The Bangladesh Premier League will start from November 8 due to inclement weather, said BPL official on Saturday.
The tournament was supposed to start on November 5 but all the matches of the first two days were called off as persistent rain forced the organisers to keep the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium under cover.
According to tournament by-laws points will be equally divided into two teams if the game is postponed due to weather, but the organisers opted to take a new route as they are aware of the weather that is unlikely to get well before November 8.
BPL governing council hosted a meeting with the representative of all the franchises at SBNS where it was decided to announce a new date for the Twenty20 tournament.
‘As there is no possibility of the weather to get better we decided to start it from November 8,’ BPL governing council secretary Ismail Haider told reporters on Saturday.
‘The games will be held as per schedule while we are hoping to play the matches that got abandoned on the gap that we have in our calendar,’ he said.
It was announced the game that got abandoned in the opening three days will be played on November 10 and 14 in Dhaka while other match will be played on November 20 at Chittagong.
‘If needed we can stage three games on the same day. Or else we might have to use a day in Chittagong,’ said Ismail.
The decision however raised confusion as earlier teams were distributed with one points each before BCB vice-president Mahbub Anam said that it can be altered if all participating parties agree to do so.
‘We cannot stage a called-off match unless we have a unanimous decision,’ said Mahbub.
Comilla Victorians owner Nafisa Kamal said that they are not interested to participate in the re-matches and would like to have two points as their matches against Rajshahi Kings and Dhaka Dynamites got abandoned.

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