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BPL set to roll onto ground today

SPORTS REPORTER, Dhaka

The special edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) will get underway with the curtain-raiser at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) at Mirpur in the capital today. Sponsored by Akash-DTH, Chattogram Challengers will lock horns with Sylhet Thunders on the opening day of the special edition of the domestic blockbuster Twenty20 cricket tournament, dedicated to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Cumilla Warriors will take on Rangpur Rangers in the second match of the day at the same venue at 6:30pm. This time Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is organizing the tournament by their steams without any franchisee to mark Bangabandhu’s birth

centenary. Unlike the previous two editions, a total of seven teams, sponsored by six different companies, are taking part in the tournament, which was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Dhaka, Chattogram and Sylhet are hosting all the 46 matches of the tournament, where the board sponsors only Cumilla Warriors though they have kept the reins of Rangpur Rangers under their possession but Incepta Pharmaceuticals Ltd extended their support to sponsor the team at the eleventh hour of the kick-off of the Bangabandhu-BPL.

Dhaka Platoon is sponsored by Jamuna Bank Ltd, Khulna Tigers got sponsorship from Premier Bank Ltd, IPC sponsors Rajshahi Royals, Akhter Furnishers is the sponsor of Chattogram Challengers and Jivani Footwear Company runs Sylhet Thunder.

The BCB engaged seven of its board of directors in the charge of the seven teams as team directors. This year the technology will also be used to run the matches. Spidercam, drone, ultra-edge and stumps made with zinc-technology will also be used. The drone will be used by Chattogram and Sylhet.

Two matches will be held every day in the tournament, which will be finished in five phases for which three venues– Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka, Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram and Sylhet International Cricket Stadium– are being used.

The prices of the tickets are higher than expectation as the lowest price of a ticket is fixed at Tk 200 (Easter Stand) and the highest price is Tk 2,000 (Grand Stand). Price of the tickets of VIP Stand and Club House is BDT 500 while the Northern/Southern Stand ticket is BDT 3,000.

Tickets can be bought from booth set up in the stadium and also through online: www.shohoz.com, www.paypoint.com.bd and www.gadgetbangla.com. The first match of the day will start at 1.30pm while the second match will commence from 6.30pm. But on Friday, the first match is scheduled to kickstart at 2pm while the second match will begin at 7pm.

However, the teams have already been formed mingling foreign and local players through a players’ draft, held on November 17. Barring Dhaka Platoon, a total of six teams recruited foreign coach for them. Dhaka Platoon appointed Mohammad Salahuddin, who won two BPL titles for Cumilla. All the coaches had already joined the side and supervising the practice session of the teams though all the foreign players are yet to turn up.

 

 

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Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman
Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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