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BCB is Not Ready to Include IPL Franchises in BPL Due to Fear of Loss of Rights

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is not ready to welcome the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises to invest in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). This is because the governing bodies fear that they may lose their rights.

Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises assert their authority across the globe. They have invested heavily in leagues around the world and have mastered cricket. They owned teams in some of the world’s major leagues in SA20, ILT20 and MLC.

However, there are still some leagues that are run by their own boards. One of them is the Bangladesh Premier League. The tournament was launched in 2012 and has developed well since then. But the presence of Indian franchises in the other leagues has seen them overtake the BPL in a short span of time.

Indian stakeholders are undoubtedly trying to invest in almost every league. Given her success, many have welcomed her with both seams. However, some of the boards are still not interested, including the Bangladesh Cricket Board.

BPL Board Member Ismail Haider revealed that IPL franchises had approached them several times. He added that the BCB decided to conduct the tournament according to its own rules and that he was against anyone else conducting it. He also admitted that they did not accept the demands of the IPL franchises because they did not want to lose rights. Speaking to reporters at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, he stated (quoted by Cricbuzz):

“They (IPL franchises) don’t want to come or maybe there is no reason to come. They (IPL franchises) have approached us many times. The board decided to hold the tournament in the style of our country. We don’t want to do anything where the tournament rights are not in our hands and go to someone else.”

We are losing money because they are unwilling to accept replacement bets – Ismail Haider from BCB

BCB’s Ismail Haider further added that the BCB is losing a lot of money because it is against the inclusion of betting companies. According to the government regulation in Bangladesh, gambling establishments cannot be allowed to function.

Ismail Haider added that apart from IPL and some other leagues, almost every league is experiencing economic stagnation. He highlighted how betting companies help the country sustain the economy. He added (as quoted by Cricbuzz):

“The whole world is in economic stagnation. Besides IPL and India’s cricket board, I also used Big Bash as an example. Shujon Bhai goes to the ICC and talks to the CEOs of all the boards. We know how much everyone earns and what the media is told.

“It is a difficult thing to organize a T20 tournament [in this climate]. Not just in T20 tournaments, most national teams also allow substitutes. Barring one or two, most, even India, accept it.”

The 2024 edition of the Bangladesh Premier League organized by BCB will begin from January 18. Dhaka Dominators will face Comilla Victorians in the first game.

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