The logo-unveiling ceremony of the upcoming ninth edition of the much-awaited JB Bangladesh Premier League took place at a city hotel yesterday.
This season’s professional football league will kick off at MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong this Sunday while the opening ceremony is likely to be held tomorrow in the port city.
A total of 12 clubs will take part in the league which will be hosted in four venues – Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet and Mymensingh. The league comprises a total of 122 matches.
This will be the first time in history 75 percent of the league fixtures will be held outside the capital, informed Bangladesh Football Federation’s senior vice president Abdus Salam Murshedy during the ceremony.
On the other hand, BFF president Kazi Salahuddin in his short speech requested for cooperation between the federation and the 12 clubs.
Meanwhile, Youth and Sports Minister Biren Sikder said the ministry is planning to renovate and construct 490 stadiums across the country. He also stated that there will be tenders for 131 stadiums in two months in a bid to regularise football.
Although Saif Global Sports, a concern of Saif Power Tec, holds the rights of the BPL, Jaj Bhuiyan Group is the title sponsor of the forthcoming edition.
Chairman of Saif Global Sports Tarafdar Ruhul Amin assured of providing top security during the league and while urging for a combined effort, he also pledged once again to spread the game of football across the country.
“We want to bring back
the glory days of football. Next year we will start working with the clubs for the development of the respective clubs, and football as well,” said Ruhul Amin yesterday.
After speeches from the BFF officials, sponsors’ representatives, organisers and the Minister, the captain of the 12 top-flight clubs unveiled the home and away jerseys following which the premier league trophy was showcased to the media.