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DPL likely to resume after COVID-19 situation eases

Players, officials bat for cricket league
Sports Reporter, Dhaka
DPL likely to resume after COVID-19 situation eases

Organisers, officials, and players of the teams participating in the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL), which has been suspended after the first-round games, are still hopeful of resumption of the league in the near future.

In the wake of the global coronavirus outbreak, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has postponed the cricket league for an indefinite period after retracting its earlier decision to suspend only the second-round games.

“We hope that the league will be resumed if the overall situation improves significantly. If we can at least resume a single league rather than two leagues, we will obviously do it,” said Ali Hossain, member secretary of the Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolitan (CCDM). “We can finish the league even after one-and a-half months. Otherwise, it'll be a big problem for us as other leagues, including First Division, Second Division, Third Division, and Qualifiers, have already been finished,” he added.

“Premier Division cricket thrives on promotion and demotion. We're just keeping an eye on the situation right now," he noted. The CCDM member secretary said their board president has been able to assuage the growing apprehension among players about getting payments through timely directives.

“League cricket is bread and butter for the players. Naturally, they were worried about their payments. But the board president has mostly reduced their apprehension,” he added. “He has assured the players that they will be given Tk 30,000 at a time from the board. This will help the players overcome the present crisis,” he explained.

Abahani team manager Sheikh Mashud Iqbal Mamun also believes that the league will resume in the post-coronavirus period. “The league has been suspended until the next month. It’s hard to say how things will unfold. A decision should be taken after taking stock of the situation,” he said.

“We have cleared half of the payments of our players. It was told at the CCDM meeting that if the league can't be held after the first round, the players will have to play with the same payment next year. But we’re hopeful that the league will resume, Insha’Allah, after overcoming the situation,” he added.      

Cricketers’ Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB) General Secretary Debabrata Paul thinks that the league should be held this year even if it gets somewhat delayed. “I’m hopeful of resuming the league. If the calamity is over within one-and-a-half months, the league will be resumed,” he said. “The coronavirus situation here is a national calamity. But it’s not a great calamity. If the clubs cooperate, we can easily resume and finish the league,” he also said.

“The Premier League is more important than the National Cricket League because the former is the prime source of the players’ income. Its bread and butter for them. We can hold the Premier League in place of the National League. I don’t see why we can't do it,” he added.

Veteran domestic campaigner Tushar Imran said the board should resume the league, even though it might get a bit delayed because of the growing coronavirus threat.  “The entire world is affected by the coronavirus. We know why the BCB has suspended the league,” he added.

“We are a bit worried. But I believe that the BCB and the CCDM will remain beside us. We expect they will resume the league, even if it is somewhat delayed,” he added.

Elias Sunny said he expected the league to resume in a small scale. “To be honest, if the league is not resumed, we'll be in trouble. Cricketers not playing in the national team depend on the income from the Dhaka League. So, the league should be resumed to a small scale after the critical situation is over,” he added.

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