Existing six BPL franchisees reluctant to be sponsor of Bangabandhu BPL T20!
|| CF Correspondent ||
None of the six exiting franchises have dropped EOI (Expression of Interest) to participate in the ‘special edition’ of the BPL T20 take part in the upcoming edition of the tournament as ‘team sponsors’,said Bangladesh Cricket Board sources on Tuesday.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) in a surprise move earlier this month came with the decision to not involve the franchises for the seventh edition of BPL T20 which is to mark the 100th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
BCB president Nazmul Hasan citied earlier that have opted not to include the franchises in the upcoming edition of BPL as they had difference of opinion with them.
According to Nazmul there is not enough time in hand to implement new tournament by-laws and as a result they have decided that they will include the franchises in the when they resume the second cycled of the tournament in 2020-21 season.
BCB had decided to bring in ‘sponsors’ for the team and that the board would single handedly manage both the tournament and guide the teams. EOI for a Team Sponsor was floated on September 17 with a deadline of September 22.
There was high-scale speculation that some of the existing franchises would participate in the tournament by applying for the team sponsorship right but it seemed that is not the case at least till the report was filed.
Speaking to many BCB sources it is understood that around four to five EOIs have been received by the board.
However as it has been, only two names, Akhtar Group and Tiger IT, have been making rounds in the cricket community.
Despite continuous quarry by the media, the BCB is yet to come with an official statement on the subject by declaring the final number of submissions received by parties interested to sponsor the teams in the upcoming edition of the tournament set to start in December this year.
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