Companies that have submitted Expression of Interest to own a franchise of the Bangladesh Premier League have been asked to submit their pay-order and bank guarantee by August 30, said the Bangladesh Cricket Board officials on Thursday. The BCB on August 18 announced that 11 companies have shown their interest to own a franchise of BPL, which will be resumed in November after a gap of two years.
The BCB had earlier terminated its contact with all the seven franchises of previous editions over payment dispute.
‘We have asked them to submit their bank guarantee and pay-order by August 30,’ BPL governing council chairman Afzalur Rahman told New Age on Thursday.
‘Let us see their response and later we will decide whom to award the franchises,’ he said.
BCB asked for a pay-order of Tk 1 crore and demanded a bank guarantee of Tk 4.5 crore.
The companies that have submitted their bids are — Beximco Group, Mediacom on behalf of Square, DBL Group, Sohana Group of Industries, Blues Communications, BBS Cables, Index
Group, Axiom Technologies, Bengal Communications, Networld Bangladesh Limited and Fiber @home Limited.
Meanwhile, some former franchises are also showing their interest to return back in BPL by clearing their past dues.
Officials of Rangpur Riders said they
started clearing their dues and hoped that the BCB would give them another chance.
The BCB did not reject the idea outright but said they can consider the matter only all payments are cleared.
‘Until we award the franchise to a new company there remains always a chance for them. But before we consider the matter they must clear all the payments,’ said BPL governing council secretary Ismail Haider Mallick.
-With New Age input