BPL 2018-19 To Be Played in January 2019
The Bangladesh Premier League is in its sixth season and this edition of the competition will be played in January-February 2019 because of the general elections that will be held in Bangladesh in October. Just like last season, a total of seven teams will participate in this competition this season with 46 matches to be played in the tournament.
BPL 2018-19 will be played between January 5 and February 8 while the BPL Draft will take place on October 25 and the team squads for all teams will be decided.
Last year, eight teams were expected to feature in the tournament with Sylhet (besides Dhaka and Chittagong) returning to the fold as well but Barisal were banned because of payment issues.
The seven teams which will feature in this season of the Bangladesh Premier League are Dhaka Dynamites, Comilla Victorians, Rangpur Riders, Khulna Titans, Sylhet Sixers, Rajshahi Kings and Chittagong Vikings. These very teams will take part in the BPL 2018-19 as well, with the Riders being the defending champions. They had beaten the Dhaka Dynamites the previous season to clinch the title.
What happened in BPL 2017
The Bulls were shown the door after they did not pay their appearance fee that needed to be paid by all the teams. A deadline of August 7 had been given to the side to clear their dues but having failed to have done that, the BPL governing council has taken a decision to show them the door.
The Riders finished fourth in the league stage of the tournament last year but came back strongly to win three matches in a row to win the title. This included wins over Khulna Titans, Comilla Victorians and then Dhaka Dynamites in the final to clinch the trophy. The Riders were assisted by Chris Gayle’s 485 runs which also won him the Player of the Series award.
Some of the other top batsmen in the competition were Evin Lewis, Ravi Bopara, Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Mithun while the top bowlers in the BPL were Shakib al Hasan, Abu Jayed, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Saifuddin and Shahid Afridi.
Bangladesh Premier League Format
All seven teams play each other on a home and away basis, making it 42 games during the league stage of the competition. The top two sides face off in the first Qualifier with the winner going through to the final while teams placed third and fourth face off in the second playoffs game with the winner facing the lose of the first Qualifier. The winner of this third game then plays the winner of the first Qualifier in the final.
Bangladesh Premier League Draft
The BPL players draft will take place on October 25. Players from various countries are expected to be a part of this draft. As usual, Indian cricketers won’t be participating in the BPL.
The competition begins on January 5 and the final will be played on February 8, 2019.
What happened in the 2016 BPL
Dhaka Dynamites beat Rajshahi Kings to clinch 2016 BPL title. Last year, six new franchises had replaced the old ones after the issues with corruption and there were two more which were added for this edition of the tournament.
One franchise was then excluded from the competition due to disciplinary reasons following which the seven teams participated last year. The seven teams in the tournament were Comilla Victorians, Chittagong Vikings, Dhaka Dynamites, Rangpur Riders, Barisal Bulls, Khulna Titans & Rajshahi Kings.
The 2016 BPL draft took place in September and 85 players were brought in during the draft. This was in addition to the 38 foreign players the teams were allowed to sign apart from retaining two ‘home-grown’ cricketers from the previous year.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board had set up the BPL in 2012 as a T20 league on the lines of some of the other such tournaments around the world. The competition had to be suspended for a year because of issues with corruption but it is now back and with a bang, allowing some of the top players from around the globe to participate in the tournament.
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