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BPL 2019-20 abandonned

  • Published at 07:52 pm May 17th, 2020

The decision was announced after an executive committee meeting of BFF presided by its president Kazi Salahuddin  at the BFF House on Sunday.

Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2019-20 has been abandoned with no promotion or relegation while the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has also cancelled the Independence Cup 2020 for the ongoing season.

The Premier League had been postponed for two months due to Covid-19 pandemic after only six rounds of fixtures were rolled on the pitch until mid-March.

The decision was announced after an executive committee meeting of BFF presided by its president Kazi Salahuddin  at the BFF House on Sunday.

“Bangladesh Premier League 2019-20 is abandoned and there will be no relegation or promotion among the teams who participated in the league.” said a media release from the BFF.

The third and last professional tournament of the calendar, Independence Cup 2020 is also called off, added the statement.

There were 120 more games of BPL 2019-20 remained to play before the suspension of all sports events in the country. The last match between Abahani Limited and Muktijoddha SKC was played on March 15.

Abahani and Chattogram Abahani were leading the points table jointly with 13 points each. Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club sat third with 12 points but with a game in hand. Uttar Baridhara Club and Muktijoddha were sitting in the relegation zone with a point each from five matches.

Remaining AFC Cup slot

Two slots up for Bangladesh to grab for the next AFC Cup 2021 with first slot for the direct qualification to final round was reserved for the champions of BPL 2019-20. The second slot for play-offs was already earned by Bashundhara Kings when they became Federation Cup champions.

“Now we have one team from Federation Cup winner but the BFF will try to get both two slots of AFC Cup. We will inform our situation to FIFA/AFC and will be waiting for their direction.” said BFF general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag.

The future of ongoing AFC Cup 2019 is uncertain as majority of group-round fixtures are remained to be played. BPL 2018-19 winners Bashundhara could manage to play only one match on March 12 since the virus postponed the meet.

Regarding players contracts

While some clubs had already closed contracts with foreign players and the rest are to following the suit after the season abandonment, the contracts of the local players remained to be solved.

Almost all local players of 13 BPL clubs were signed for the 2019-20 season with a fixed amount and some advance money provided at the start of the season.  

“We will ask for feedback from the players, clubs and officials regarding the payments of local players to make sure that none get affected.” said Shohag.

The BFF secretary also informed that the transfer window of the next season will start in August-September and they want to hold the curtain raiser Federation Cup earlier in October but all depends on the BFF Election 2020 which was scheduled to be held on April 20 before being postponed for Covid-19.

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