Bangabandhu BPL 2022: Barishal win toss, field first...

Bangabandhu BPL 2022: Barishal win toss, field first

 Sports Correspondent

 Published: 01:17 PM, 21 January 2022  

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Fortune Barishal has won the toss and decided to field against Chattogram Challengers in the first match of the 8th edition Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

The match will be held at 1:30 pm on Friday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SNCS) and will be aired live by the Gazi TV and T-Sports.

The BPL, however, will be held in an empty stadium, considering the rise of the Coronavirus in the country.

Fortune Barishal captain Shakib Al Hasan wants to play as a team. “There is no pressure even though we know all of the six teams are equal as far as the strength of the team is concerned. We want to play as a unit throughout the tournament,” he added.

Chattogram Challengers captain Mehidy Hasan Miraz said he would try to handle the captaincy responsibility astutely. “We have a balanced team and I hope we’ll get the desired result. As a captain I want to create an example,” he added.

Due to the Covid-19, the BCB couldn’t organize the tournament for the last two years. This year also the tournament is being held amid the rise of the new variant (Omicron) of Coronavirus. But as the BCB is experienced enough to run a tournament and International series amid the threat of Covid-19, they are confident to complete the BPL without any problem.

Before the players, support staff and other stakeholders of the six franchisees enter into the bio-bubble, BCB medical team conducted frequent tests and some of the players and officials were found positive. They were taken into isolation. The medical team will keep testing on a frequent basis in a bid to drive out any risk.

BBS Cables this year was named title sponsor of the BPL, powered by Walton. A total of 34 matches will be held including the playoffs and final in 27 days. The champion team will get Tk one crore while the runners-up will be awarded Tk 50 lakh.