No BPL in 2014?

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“We still don’t know how long it will take to solve all the problems”

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan has hinted at the possibility that the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) may not go ahead in 2014 due to the fact that the board still needs to “solve the problems” of last year’s tournament.

“We want to start the tournament before the 2014 World Twenty20s but for it to take place, we have to solve the problems from the last tournament,” Hassan said. “We still don’t know how long it will take to solve all the problems.”

Hassan noted that some of the problems include administrative issues, players wages not being paid on time and alleged corruption after Mohammad Ashraful admitted to fixing games during last year’s BPL.

Another major issue is the fact that all the BPL franchises owe the BCB money.

However, Hassan revealed that the BCB were already considering hosting an “alternative tournament” if the BPL is cancelled.

“The BPL corruption tribunal has been put together, and they will start their work soon,” Hassan said. “If by chance we can’t hold the tournament this year for some reason, we will have to look for an alternative tournament.

“We need to practice for the World T20s.”

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