Dhaka: Bangladesh's domestic cricketers protested the delay in holding the Dhaka Premier League, the country's most popular domestic competition, at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Saturday. The protestors, including several international cricketers, have not played any domestic cricket since mid-February.
The 12-team one-day competition is also the biggest source of income for the top cricketers, but the Dhaka clubs have refused to participate without the national players who are currently touring Zimbabwe. The tournament was supposed to be held in March, 2013, but the Bangladesh players were touring Sri Lanka at that time.
Jalal Yunus, the chairman of league organising committee, has conceded that the domestic calendar should have given priority to the DPL ahead of the Bangladesh Premier League. After the National Cricket League, the Dhaka Premier League is the most important tournament," Jalal told cricinfo.
"We cannot ignore it. We probably made some mistakes in the calendar. I think it should have more precedence than the BPL, during which we cannot hold any other tournaments. We cannot function without the BCB, CCDM, the clubs and the players. At the same time, you cannot force it on to the clubs or the players. We want the tournament to run smoothly, so as a result, we have to come into a middle ground," Jalal said.
BCB president Nazmul Hassan met with the players' representatives and assured that a solution will be given within the next two weeks.