A file photo from Jan. 18, 2020 shows players, support staff and owners of Rajshahi Royals celebrating after winning the seventh edition of the Bangladesh Premier League at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. -Photo Twitter
The draft of the eighth edition of the Bangladesh Premier League will take place today at a hotel in Dhaka city where six franchises will form their squads from a selection of local and foreign players for the tournament which begins on January 21, 2022..
The draft will start at 12:00 p.m. and will be televised live on GTV and T Sports and will also be streamed live on the official BCB Facebook page.
This year’s BPL has seen a lukewarm build-up as the Bangladesh Cricket Board declared franchises on December 22, just five days before the project, and also ignored calls for long-term contracts and struck deals to one year with franchises.
But the cricket council always aims to organize this edition of BPL with as much glitter as possible, said BCB general manager Nizamuddin Chowdhury.
“It was a huge challenge for us to find a niche in the current situation. Due to our international commitments and the FTP [Future Tours Programme] we have a very limited niche. We had no options. So we had to make adjustments, ”Nizam told media on Sunday.
“There will definitely be limits. But we will always try to make the event as attractive as possible, ”he added.
The Tigers are currently in New Zealand for a two-test run against the hosts and are expected to return five-six days before the start of BPL.
Before flying to New Zealand, they played a home series against Pakistan immediately after completing their campaign at the ICC Twenty20 World Cup.
As a result, many of the top players will enter the tournament tired from the tension of back-to-back playoffs inside the bio-bubbles.
The BCB also reduced the number of foreign players in the XI from four to three, which would also reduce the star power of the competition.
Unlike in previous years, none of the franchises have announced direct overseas brand signing to date.
Many of the T20’s top international players have already signed deals with Pakistani Super League franchises, whose schedule will conflict with BPL, but the BCB CEO is hoping the teams will bring in some big names from overseas at the time. ‘event.
“We hope to see few [high profile overseas cricketers]. Those who are not registered with the project can be signed directly. You will soon know their names.
In this edition, there are no iconic players for each team and each franchise is allowed to sign a maximum of one local player and three foreign players outside of the player draft as direct signings.
Local players have been divided into six categories from A to F with a fee cap ranging from 70 lakh Tk to five lakh Tk.
Foreign players, on the other hand, will be divided into four categories and their salary cap will range from $ 75,000 to $ 20,000.
Spectators will be allowed at the venue but not at full capacity, Nizam said.
“The reception capacity will be at least 50% or more. BPL’s board of directors has not made its final decision on this matter. There are more than two weeks left before the tournament begins. We will decide after a more in-depth assessment of the situation.