The Bangladesh Cricket Board on Tuesday has decided to defer the forthcoming Dhaka Premier League until November 2 in order to accommodate Bangladesh A team in a tournament as a part of Kolkata Eden Gardens’ 150th anniversary celebration. The tournament, organised by the Cricket Association of Bengal will be held from October 23 to 30. The BCB confirmed the participation of the A team after it was directly invited by former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly, delaying the DPL for the third time.
BCB said it became interested in sending the team to Kolkata tournament after coming to know that the Marylebone Cricket Club of UK, Karnataka Cricket Association and Mumbai Cricket Association will also take part.
‘As the tournament is only one week long, we agreed to take part delaying the league for the period,’ BCB president Nazmul told reporters on Tuesday.
‘We told the Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis to hold the DPL from November 2 so that we can send a strong side there,’ he added.
Earlier, the CCDM announced that the DPL will begin on October 10 but they were forced to delay it for Eid-ul-Azha.
National team coach Chandika Hathurusinghe requested for two three-day matches before the Zimbabwe series, delaying the start of the league for the second time.
-With New Age input