Franchises to bring fans to the BPL playoffs

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A file photo of the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

Franchises will be allowed to bring fans for the knockout stage of the eighth Bangladesh Premier League, Bangladesh Cricket Board media committee chairman Tanvir Ahmed announced after a board meeting on Sunday.

The ongoing BPL will enter its final stages from today with the playoff game between Chattogram Challengers and Khulna Tigers at noon and the first of two playoffs between Fortune Barishal and Comilla Victorians in the evening at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.

Unlike the group stage, where teams played in front of empty stands due to Covid-19 restrictions, this time the players will be cheered on by a small legion of their supporters from the stands, Tanvir said.

“Fans wanted to watch BPL from the ground. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we were unable to allow fans into the stands. Thank you to our president [Nazmul Hasan] serious talks with the government on this, we now have permission to allow some fans into the venue,’ he told media on Sunday.

“Up to three to four thousand fans could watch the match live from the site. But to avoid traffic jams, we don’t sell the tickets,” he added.

The BCB will not sell tickets directly to fans, but will provide them directly to franchises as requested.

The teams themselves will bring their loyal fans onto the pitch, where they can enjoy the live action while maintaining Covid-19 safety protocols.

“The fans will be spread throughout the stadium. We only provide three to four thousand tickets so that fans can be seated all over the stands and maintain a distance between them,” Tanvir said.

The BPL governing body had previously said that it would implement the decision review system from the BPL playoff stage.

But not informed Tanvir that it will not be possible.

“The equipment necessary for the operation of the DRS is already in Bangladesh. But the problem is that the technicians needed to operate these machines have not yet arrived. They won’t be there in time.

We were hoping to have DRS available from this round, but I don’t think that will be possible. But DRS will be available from the Afghanistan series, it’s confirmed. But it is no longer possible to implement DRS in this BPL.’

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