DPL Premier League: DPL 2021 To Be Played in T20 Format
The last edition of the Dhaka Premier League (DPL 2020) was postponed after just one round. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has not been able to find a time to host the tournament, which has been postponed for a year. Along with returning to domestic cricket with the National League this month, the board is also considering playing DPL 2021 in the T20 Format.
DPL is a major source of income for the country’s cricketers. National team cricketers are also the main attraction of this tournament. The Bangladesh team, which is currently on a tour of New Zealand, will return to Sri Lanka in April. Sri Lanka will arrive in Bangladesh at the end of May.
As a result, it has become very difficult to find free time for organizing DPL by ensuring the participation of national team cricketers. Meanwhile, the clubs will have a hard time including any other players instead of the national team cricketers in the middle of the tournament as they have already signed contracts with the teams. Therefore, taking into account the opinion of the club, the Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM) wants to launch the DPL with the players of the national team.
Kazi Inam Ahmed, president of the Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM), told reporters at his office in the capital’s Dhanmondi yesterday (March 9th), “All national team players are playing in the Dhaka Premier League again. The players of the national team who are playing are but now again in international commitment. It is difficult to do the tournament without them.
‘Apart from them, there are 1-2 teams who will not be in the XI. So will he take players from other teams? We can’t change teams in the middle of the tournament. ‘
‘Considering everything we are trying to get out one or two windows. Unfortunately, we are not able to do that before May-June. Since we know what we have on the international calendar. If we can get out at least one window in May-June, we will try for 25-30 days.
CCDM is determined to organize the tournament in any way considering the interests of the players. If necessary, the ODI format tournament will be organized in the T20 format. The CCDM will come to a final decision on the matter after discussions with the club next Saturday or Sunday.
Kazi Inam said, “We want to organize the tournament somehow with the players in mind. Even if you need to do it in a different format instead of the format. Where our Premier League ODI tournament is, if we have to do T20, we will talk to the clubs. I will have a meeting with the clubs next Saturday or Sunday.
BCB hasn’t announced the starting date of the tournament yet, it is expected that the DPL 2021 tournament to be played in the mid of May-June 2021. Gazi TV or GTV to broadcast all the matches of DPL 2021 Live Streaming in Bangladesh.