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BCB hopeful of hosting Bangabandhu T20 tourney as per schedule

October 10, 2019 00:00:00

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is hopeful of hosting the Bangabandhu T20 tournament on time despite the prevailing uncertainties, reports Cricbuzz.

The board had decided to postpone the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) after a fallout with the franchises and host a T20 tournament similar to the model followed by Big Bash League (BBL) in Australia.

BCB has had to suffer the embarrassment after Lokman Hossain Bhuiyan - one of the directors - was arrested for running a casino in Mohammedan Sporting Club. The BPL governing council is expected to play a key role in organising the tournament with acting chairman Sheikh Sohel and member secretary Ismail Haider Mallik set to play key roles.

However, both members don't stay in Bangladesh and their absence is hurting the prospects of the tournament. However, Jalal Yunus, the BPL technical committee chairman and member of BPL governing council, quashed any talks of the tournament not being held in time.

"I cannot tell their [Sohel and Mallick] whereabouts and I should not be knowing that, to be honest. They have been away from the country for personal reasons and their unavailability shall not affect the preparation of the tournament," he said.

"We have strong intentions to start the special BPL on December 06. The BCB is already working with the ambition to meet the schedule. The CEO [Nizamuddin Chowdhury] and different managers of the board have been involved to prepare the structure in order to execute the tournament. They are, at the moment, doing the homework. President [Nazmul] has taken the charge to organise the tournament this year.

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