Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Dhaka Premier League to return to traditional 50-over tournament. Earlier, DPL was relaunched in T20 format in preparation for the upcoming T20 WC
Earlier, DPL was relaunched in T20 format in preparation for the upcoming T20 WC
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said on Wednesday that the upcoming edition of Dhaka Premier League, the traditional Dhaka-club based 50-over tournament, will return to its old format.
The 2019-20 season's DPL was postponed on March 19 last year after just one completed round of matches in compliance with measures taken to fight the COVID-19 outbreak in the country. BCB decided to scrap the edition and re-launch it in T20 format with an eye to prepare for the upcoming T20 WC, scheduled in the UAE and Oman from October.
”Certainly (DPL will be played in 50-over format). Last year what happened is that we had very little time and in a day we played three to four games which is not usual. DPL is our main List A tournament and there is tradition involved with it, so naturally the next edition of DPL will be played in 50-over format,” Kazi Inam Ahmed, chairman of Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis, a BCB wing entrusted with the duty of completing the tournament, told reporters on Wednesday, following a meeting of CCDM at BCB head quarter in Dhaka.
”We are thinking about arranging DPL in March-April next year,” he added.
Inam said that they are eyeing to start the lower tier Dhaka-club based tournaments from November- December as there was no first second and third division cricket in the country since the outbreak of coronavirus, though BCB hosted a couple of domestic tournaments.
”The first division, second division, and the third division leagues (that was postponed following the corona outbreak) are important for us. We have talked with all the coordinators as we want to start those leagues from November-December, this year,” said Inam. ”We've decided to call all the clubs (lower tier) in the coming week to fix the dates of respective competition.
”Look there is no lockdown and everything is starting to open up like school and colleges but still there is a health protocol guideline of the government. In the lower tier leagues we will see what kind of health protocol and if there is any instruction by the government in this regard,” he added.