The most popular and prestigious Dhaka Premier Cricket League (DPL) of domestic cricket is starting from tomorrow following all health protocols. Basically, this tournament is the main source of income for most of the cricketers in the country. This year’s DPL has been named ‘Bangabandhu DPL Sponsor by Walton’ on the occasion of the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The Dhaka League will start tomorrow (Monday) with 12 teams in T20 format. The best clubs in Dhaka will compete in three venues. The venues are Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, BKSP-3 and BKSP-4. The first match at each venue will start at 9 am. The second match will start at 1:30 pm.
The league was suspended after the first round last year due to coronavirus. As a result, the teams will remain the same as they were last year. The cricketers will play in the previous club. Shakib Al Hasan, a new free player (who did not play last year) has joined the team with special permission. With the T20 World Cup looming, the format of the league has changed.
The current champion Abahani Limited will face Partex Limited in Mirpur. Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club and Khelaghor Samaj Kalyan Samiti will play another match at the same venue. Old DOHS and Legends of Rupganj will face at BKSP ground number three. Prime Bank and Gazi Group cricketers will play in the second match. Brothers Union will play against Prime Doleshwar in BKSP. Mohammedan Sporting Club and Shinepukur Cricket Club will play the second match at the same venue.
National team cricketers will be available throughout the season. So this time the league is going to get new insanity. The entire event will be held in a bio-safety zone to protect players and officials from the Kovid-19 epidemic. The BCB has already selected four hotels to house players, umpires and officials. The board has also arranged a bus for each team.
BCB Media Committee Chairman Jalal Yunus said, “We have taken the risk of running the Dhaka League in this epidemic as it is the main source of income for most cricketers in the country. We have successfully taken up the challenge of organizing the league. We are putting 12 teams in the bio-safety zone. This is a big challenge. We have taken up that challenge in the interest of cricket in the country. I hope that the bio-safety belt can be broken and the players and those involved will not do anything like that. I hope everyone will follow the rules.
In addition to paying the players, the BCB will bear the cost of the entire event. Which clubs should have done. The players and other stakeholders involved in the league will be tested for the virus several times. If the test is negative, the players will enter the biological protection environment. Some players come back positive in the corona test, they are isolated. Their negatives will, in fact, be inserted into the biosecurity zone