Will Pakistani cricketer participate in the Bangladesh Premier League?
A chance is there that the PCB can deter their players to participate in the upcoming Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) for giving an answer to the BCB’s putting off the scheduled Pakistan tour.
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However, the BCB is hopeful about Pakistani players’ participation in the second season of the BPL. In addition, the fears of a complete pull-out were have been eased after Zaka Ashraf, the PCB chairman, used the word ‘might’ about the availability of the Pakistani players for the tournament.
On Tuesday, the BCB president Nazmul Hassan expressed his hope that a great number of Pakistani players would take part in the BPL. Though Asraf did not dismiss the possibility of their players’ participation, he said that they had their own domestic league during that period. Amid such an uncertain condition, Hassan said that he could only hope for their availability.
The BPL will start from January 18, clashing with the schedule of Pakistan’s Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, a domestic first-class tournament of the country. For this reason, the PCB may not allow some of its top players to participate in the Twenty20 tournament.
The BPL authority expects the overseas players to start arriving from January 4 while the training camps of the seven franchises will be started from January’s second week.
The BCB wants the PCB to take decision about their players as soon as possible because a pull-out will require the management to arrange for closed-door auction. The PCB’s decision could put the tournament into chaos, which is a matter of great concern for the owners.
The managing director of the Dhaka Gladiators Shihab Chowdhury said that they did not get any official declaration from the PCB about their players. He added that it would definitely be a problem if Pakistan pulled out their players. Another franchise owner thought that they would run out of options to fill the empty spots created by the possible pull-out.