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Bangabandhu T20 Cup likely to be added to BCB calendar

 Sports Desk

 Published: 07:12 PM, 1 January 2021  

Bangabandhu T20 Cup likely to be added to BCB calendar

Bangabandhu T20 Cup likely to be added to BCB calendar

Bangladesh cricket is likely to see a new tournament in its calendar in the form of the Bangabandhu T20 Cup, which was held for the first time last year.

The Bangabandhu T20 Cup organized in November-December was the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB) initiative for a gradual resumption of the cricket after Covid-19-induced lengthy break.

Alongside the national team regulars a number of young cricketers showed their prowess in the Bangabandhu T20 Cup, much to the elation of the BCB top brass.

With the number of domestic tournament were postponed due to the novel coronavirus in 2020, the BCB is adamant to hold those tournaments and leagues in this year and also add some new tournaments like Bangabandhu T20 Cup in a bid to compensate domestic players’ financial loss.

Since no foreign players were involved in the tournament, the local players were able to show their T20 credential. A number of players like Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Parvez Hossain Emon, Shamim Patwari, Akbar Ali alongside the established one grabbed the spotlight by demonstrating their prowess.

Moreover as Bangladesh would play a World T20 this year, which will be hosted by India, the BCB is keen to add this tournament to give the players an exposure.

BCB President Nazmul Hasan Papon had already hinted about the tournament.

“We have discussed it in the board that we want to put this tournament in our yearly calendar,” Papon told the reporter during the Bangabandhu T20 Cup final.

“It however depends on many things, after considering Future Tour Programme, ICC events if we can make a window, we would prefer to keep it. We are keen to make it regular,” he added.

According to BCB president the tournament will pave the way for unearthing a number of players who could bolster the national team’s pipeline.

“We have already got some talented players through this tournament, who could be the future stars of the country. If we can organize this tournament regularly, I hope we can get some more players who can deepen our pipeline.”

National selector Habibul Bashar Sumon said such sort of tournament could solve Bangladesh’s T20 problem.

Bangladesh though learnt the art of ODI cricket, they still remain vulnerable in T20 and Test format.

“As we will prepare for the T20 World Cup this year, tournament like Bangabandhu T20 Cup could be handy for us,” he said.

“Since there are no foreign players, it will be solely for the local players who could demonstrate their T20 credential. I hope this tournament will be held regularly and will provide us some good players,” he remarked.