The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has cancelled Bangladesh Premier League T20 tournament this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was taken by keeping in mind the participation of foreign cricketers and other logistics needed to organize the tournament.
Nazmul Hasan, BCB President, announced the cancellation of the T-20 league during a press conference at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. He was present at the stadium to launch the inaugural edition of the three-team 50-over tournament.
Hasan said, “Because whenever there is talk of BPL, there must be foreign cricketers. At the same time, there is the matter of production. Now, if we can do those in Bangladesh, then we have no objection. But it is a little bigger arrangement because of the number of players there and the team management are much higher. I don’t know if we can handle that or not.”
The BCB president also ruled out the possibility of shifting the tournament abroad. Indian Premier League is currently being played in UAE after it was difficult to organize in India due to the pandemic. Hasan insisted that creating a bio-secure bubble in another country is not feasible for BCB.
Earlier in October, the talks between Sri Lank Cricket and BCB regarding test series fell through due to disagreement over the quarantine period in Sri Lanka.