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The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have announced that they are planning to hold the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) after the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
However, the board also want the tournament to end prior to the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL) since they want to attract as many international stars as possible.
“We had December 2014, April 2015 and November 2015 as options,” BCB president Nazmul Hassan said. “The board thought that it won’t be wise to hold a Twenty20 tournament in December this year as it will be right ahead of the one-day World Cup. So we have decided April is the best option.”
The BPL has already been stained by a match-fixing scandal involving former Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful and the non-payment of wages to international players.
In fact, Hassan admitted that some international players are still waiting to be paid in full for playing in last year’s edition of the tournament.
“The board, as the guarantor of payment to both local and international players, will pay the money at the earliest,” he said. “But this doesn’t mean that there is any room for the franchises and [BPL’s event-management firm] Game On Sports to relax. We will get into legal action against the franchisees in a day or two in order to realise the debts.
“On the other hand, we have formed a five-member committee which will be responsible to talk to Game On Sports or their representatives, and provide the board with a report within 15 days.”
With the BPL’s reputation already having been sullied, it is highly unlikely that many international superstars will agree to take part in the competition. Furthermore, many foreign players will be looking forward to taking a break following the conclusion of the World Cup so that they are fresh prior to the start of the IPL.