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Questions still surround BPL

Post  Admin on Mon Aug 17, 2015 5:24 pm



Who is going to buy the franchise ownership rights for the upcoming third edition of the trouble-hit Bangladesh Premier League (BPL)?

The BPL governing council's member secretary and director of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) IH Mallick yesterday indicated that the BCB will only be able to finalise the names of the franchises by the end of this month.

The third edition of the T20 tournament is set to kick-off from the end of November this year.

The BCB ran an advertisement asking interested corporate houses and organisations to submit their expression of interest (EOI) by August 17.

When asked about how many parties have shown interest so far, Mallick told The Daily Star, "I cannot say the exact number, but it's near five.

"Actually we are getting a huge response as many companies have verbally expressed their interest. There is a chance to see two or three old companies in the league if they pay their dues. I think we will be able to finalise the franchises by the end of this month."

The BCB had opted for a fresh tender for a period of four years from 2015 to 2018, after the contracts with the previous owners were terminated. The BCB will invite new franchises from the regional teams of Barisal, Chittagong, Dhaka, Khulna, Rajshahi, Rangpur and Sylhet.

The BCB is going forward to stage the third edition of the tournament with a new structure, but the question still remains: What will happen to the pending financial issues?

"We don't have any pending financial issues with Game On [Event management company that managed the first two editions] . Our legal department is handling the pending financial issues with the former franchise owners but we cannot stop our mission of holding the third edition of the tournament due to that.

“There is no issue regarding the foreign players' payments and one cannot claim anything without proper documents. Regarding local players' payments, one of our directors, Naimur Rahman, is working to solve that and within a very short time we will resolve this issue," explained Mallick.

It is the same governing council which ran the last edition and brought more embarrassment than glory, but Mallick said the upcoming league will be altogether different.

"This time we are not focusing on any unrealistic financial structure, so we hope the new one will be sustainable," he promised.
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