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BPL Franchises start discussion with GC

  • Published at 03:31 pm August 19th, 2019
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Majority of the BPL franchises were upset with regular changes in the regulations of the tournament

The Bangladesh Premier League Governing Council started series of meeting with the tournament franchises with the intention to clear disagreement and set rules for the next four seasons of the tournament. The BPL GC on first day of the meetings, on Monday, met representative of Dhaka Dynamites, Khulna Titans and Rajshahi Kings. On Tuesday the BPL GC will meet Rangpur Riders, Comilla Victorians and Sylhet Sixers.

Majority of the BPL franchises were upset with regular changes in the regulations of the tournament. The BPL GC earlier this month had announced they look forward for setting fresh regulations to start the new four-year cycle which has come with renewal of the contracts. The governing body of the tournament had also ‘not acknowledged’ ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan’s move from Dhaka Dynamites to Rangpur and also ‘direct overseas signings’ of the franchises for the upcoming season.

It is understood that the franchises have presented their set of suggestions to the BPL GC and one common point was of signings of one local A+/Icon category and direct overseas players.

The suggestion is based on the fact that the franchises have started their search for sponsors and these direct signings, which are mostly leading cricketers from Bangladesh and from around the globe, comes as their selling points. Having at least three or four players in the bag before the players’ draft also allows the franchises set their strategy for the draft. 

“BCB wants to set rules for the next four years as a new cycle is starting. But this can have one or two foreign signings. We have said it even before [to the media], it is always better to have two or three direct overseas signing and must have one local signing [as Icon],” said Khulna Titans managing director Kazi Inam Ahmed to the media at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Monday.

“The one local signing can be the captain of the team, can be a marquee and it can also be that the player is from the same region as franchise. We [Khulna Titans] have taken a lot of criticisms from the fans just because we do not have players from Khulna region. So having a local player [ahead of the draft], in any manner, makes the system look better,” Inam added.

Dhaka Dynamites has been at the epicenter of the row between Rangpur Riders and the BPL GC. The 2017-18 BPL champions Rangpur Riders had threatened to quit the tournament after BPL GC had disallowed their signing of Shakib. It is understood and well established in media reports that Dhaka were not happy with Shakib making the move given the cricketer had played past three seasons for the franchise.

Dynamites were the first franchise to meet the BPL GC in the meet. According to the Dynamites chief executive officer Obaid Nizam, the franchise did not have any crucial agenda to discuss with the BPL GC.

“There was not any big agendum. You all know that BPL has finished a cycle, so they [BPL GC] they have invited us for a new cycle and that is why we are here. They wanted to know what we want and we have informed them accordingly. They are saying there will be changes in rules, do not know the details at the moment,” said Nizam to the reporters.

When quarried about Dynamites’ thoughts over signing local Icon cricketer and of Shakib, Nizam said, “There is no discussion over it as the rules will be changed from this season. They [BPL GC] wanted some advices from us which we have shared with them. We did not have any discussion about Shakib.”

Revenue sharing model in BPL has been one of the key points of the meetings on first day. The franchises have been emphasizing on BPL sharing revenue with the franchises for sustainability of the teams. Rajshahi Kings through a media release following their meeting said, “A revenue share model earned from various streams such as the broadcast rights, sponsorship rights, ticket procedure and all other revenue streams that the board is exposed to can be implied. We propose sharing a percentage of the revenue equally among the franchises. There are various examples around the world in terms of revenue sharing from which we can take learning and plan accordingly.”

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