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BCB plans NCL, pending DPL after Covid-enforced domestic calendar break
The long pending demand of a fixed domestic cricket calendar is finally taking shape as the Bangladesh Cricket Board is mulling to set the schedule for the next three years.
BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury Wednesday informed the media of the board’s recent intention to set a domestic schedule till 2023.
The work for BCB to have its own calendar became easy given the set international FTP (Future Tours Program).
“We have the international FTP concerned till 2023. So based on that, we are planning to have our domestic calendar scheduled for the next three years. We are trying to put major tournaments like Dhaka Premier League, BPL T20, National Cricket League and others in set schedule,” said Nizamuddin.
Domestic cricket in Bangladesh is waiting to head back to the field after BCB suspended all its activities in the country due to the Covid-19 pandemic in March last year.
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The decision saw the premier 50-over tournament of the country, the DPL, get suspended after it first-round of matches.
Nizamuddin informed cricket would initially return with longer-version competition, and then gather pace with the pending season of the Dhaka League.
It is understood that the BCB is mulling to host NCL following the ongoing series between Ireland Wolves and hosts Bangladesh Emerging Team.
The series will end on March 18.
“We are now waiting for advice from the concerned committees and will then have the approval from the board. Initially our intention is to get domestic cricket back on the field and we are looking to start with longer version cricket (NCL) and then try to hold the Premier League,” Nizamuddin explained.