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Rana: Abandoning BPL, Independence Cup is suicidal

  • Published at 01:21 pm May 18th, 2020
Ashraful Islam Rana makes a save Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

I’m very disappointed. It’s a suicidal decision in such situation because most of the countries in the world are already going throiugh the procedures to resume their leagues

Ashraful Islam Rana, the national team goalkeeper, was disappointed after the abandonment of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and annulment of Independence Cup as he termed it suicidal to call the 2019-20 season off early considering the players’ welfare.

“I’m very disappointed. It’s a suicidal decision in such situation because most of the countries in the world are already going throiugh the procedures to resume their leagues. Bundesliga has restarted while some other clubs in Europe have started training.”

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) on Sunday not only abandoned the BPL 2019-20 , which could be justified considering the number of remaining fixtures (120), but it also suspended the season’s last professional tournament, Independence Cup 2020.

“We heard about running a couple of tournaments if the league abandoned. It would be good if any other tournament takes place before closing the season. We could have waited more. I think the decision is taken too early.” said the Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra custodian.

The new football season 2020-21 is likely to start in October, two month earlier than last season, but Rana explained that no game for seven months starting from mid March will not only affect the players physically and mentally but also financially.  

“We already worked six months but there was not much games. It was not our fault. We were not given any clear indication how much we would be paid if season is abandoned.”

“Many clubs give 50-60 percent advance money to players. There are also other clubs who practically didn’t give any money to players especially the low-contracted ones. The economic crisis is worldwide. Clubs, BFF, players are like a family. It would be better if everyone sits together to find a way.”

“The financial condition of players should be considered. There will be no game for 6-7 months. We are already out of football for two and half months. What we will do? We will be totally jobless. No income in this time. Even the top-paid players will suffer in 2-3 months.”

“Our fitness and confidence level is down now. It will affect the national team and AFC cup performances. I doubt whether we will be able to maintain the standard level of fitness without any domestic game for so long.” said Russel’s top-paid local signing.

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