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BPL 2024 Teams, Schedule, and Venues

The 10th season of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL 2024), a Twenty20 cricket competition run by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), will take place in January and February 2024.

The BPL 2024 is set to feature competitive teams including Rangpur Riders, Chattogram Challengers, Comilla Victorians, Minister Group Dhaka, Khulna Tigers, and Sylhet Sunrisers, promising an exciting and action-packed cricket season ahead.

The reigning champions, Comilla Victorians, clinched victory in the previous season of BPL 2023, asserting their dominance on the cricket field. On Thursday, February 16, at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur, Comilla Victorians won the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2023 championship after defeating Sylhet Strikers by a score of 7 wickets. 

The Comilla Victorians secured their victory with a sensational performance, earning themselves a well-deserved reward of 2 Crore BDT. In the climactic final match, Johnson Charles of the Comilla Victorians emerged as the Player of the Match, showcasing a brilliant unbeaten innings of 79 runs off 52 balls and earning a well-earned reward of 5 Lakhs BDT for his exceptional performance. Najmul Hossain Shanto of the Sylhet Strikers was named the Player of the Tournament, earning a remarkable prize of 10 Lakhs BDT for his outstanding cricketing prowess.

Here is the tentative schedule for the upcoming BPL 2024. 

DateTimeMatchesVenue
05-Jan-20242:00 PMChattogram Challengers vs Fortune BarishalDhaka
06-Jan-20246:30 PMKhulna Tigers vs Dhaka DominatorsDhaka
22-Jan-20241:30 PMComilla Victorians vs Sylhet StrikersDhaka
22-Jan-20246:00 PMChattogram Challengers vs Dhaka DominatorsDhaka
24-Jan-20241:30 PMKhulna Tigers vs Sylhet StrikersDhaka
24-Jan-20246:00 PMComilla Victorians vs Fortune BarishalDhaka
25-Jan-20241:30 PMFortune Barishal vs Dhaka DominatorsDhaka
25-Jan-20246:00 PMChattogram Challengers vs Sylhet StrikersDhaka
28-Jan-20242:00 PMKhulna Tigers vs Fortune BarishalChattogram
28-Jan-20246:30 PMSylhet Strikers vs Dhaka DominatorsChattogram
29-Jan-20241:30 PMComilla Victorians vs Chattogram ChallengersChattogram
29-Jan-20246:00 PMFortune Barishal vs Khulna TigersChattogram
31-Jan-20241:30 PMKhulna Tigers vs Chattogram ChallengersChattogram
31-Jan-20246:00 PMFortune Barishal vs Sylhet StrikersChattogram
1-Feb-20241:30 PMDhaka Dominators vs Comilla VictoriansChattogram
1-Feb-20246:00 PMKhulna Tigers vs Fortune BarishalChattogram
3-Feb-20241:30 PMDhaka Dominators vs Sylhet StrikersDhaka
3-Feb-20246:00 PMChattogram Challengers vs Comilla VictoriansDhaka
4-Feb-20242:00 PMFortune Barishal vs Rangpur RidersDhaka
4-Feb-20246:30 PMChattogram Challengers vs Khulna TigersDhaka
7-Feb-20241:30 PMFortune Barishal vs Comilla VictoriansSylhet
7-Feb-20246:00 PMKhulna Tigers vs Sylhet StrikersSylhet
8-Feb-20241:30 PMDhaka Dominators vs Chattogram ChallengersSylhet
8-Feb-20246:00 PMSylhet Sunrisers vs Comilla VictoriansSylhet
9-Feb-20241:30 PMKhulna Tigers vs Dhaka DominatorsSylhet
9-Feb-20246:00 PMFortune Barishal vs Rangpur RidersSylhet
11-Feb-20242:00 PMComilla Victorians vs Khulna TigersDhaka
11-Feb-20246:30 PMFortune Barishal vs Dhaka DominatorsDhaka
12-Feb-20241:30 PMChattogram Challengers vs Sylhet StrikersDhaka
12-Feb-20246:00 PMComilla Victorians vs Dhaka DominatorsDhaka
14-Feb-20241:30 PMEliminatorDhaka
14-Feb-20246:00 PM1st QualifierDhaka
16-Feb-20246:00 PM2nd QualifierDhaka
18-Feb-20246:00 PMBPL T20 Final Match 2023Dhaka

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bpl schedule_online cricket betting_Raven FC qualifies for 2023 BPL besides BFF Academy, Namlha FC, and Tensung FC.

bpl schedule_online cricket betting_Raven FC qualifies for 2023 BPL besides BFF Academy, Namlha FC, and Tensung FC.

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Reflecting on the team’s success, an official from Thimphu Raven FC attributed their qualification to strong team coordination and emphasised the challenges that lie ahead in the upcoming BPL, stating their commitment to a thorough preparation. The official mentioned potential player reshuffling to further strengthen the team.

Meanwhile, South Druk United FC obtained eight points in the qualifier, putting up a valiant effort but falling short of securing a place in the coveted league.

The tournament, which commenced in April with eight participating teams, required each team to play seven games. Despite the teams having secured their spots in the BPL, four games still remain to be played. As of the latest standings, BFF Academy leads the table with an impressive 17 points from seven games. Namlha FC follows closely with 14 points, while Tensung FC sits at 13 points.

The top four teams from the qualifier, including Thimphu Raven FC, BFF Academy, Namlha FC, and Tensung FC, will now join the ranks of Paro FC, Thimphu City FC, Druk Lhayul FC, RTC FC, Transport United FC, and Ugyen Academy FC in the highly anticipated 2023 BPL.

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bpl schedule_online cricket betting_BCB struggle to find slot for BPL 2024.

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While announcing the seven teams for the next cycle of the BPL, the BCB had also fixed the dates for the tournaments – BPL 2023 from January 6 to February 16, BPL 2024 from January 6 to February 17 and BPL 2025 from January 1 to February 11.

However, BCB officials said that they might have to change the dates of BPL as it clashed with leagues like the SA20, Australia’s Big Bash and UAE’s ILT20 as it became difficult for the franchises to get renowned stars of the shortest format to play in their tournament.

Nazmul said that at the moment they are finding it hard to get a slot for the next BPL due to the forthcoming general elections, scheduled to be held in January 2024, and added that they will have to play BPL in two parts due to security issues.

“We are not getting the slot for the next BPL and it is nearly impossible to bring out a slot. We have got one but we might need to have a gap in between if there is a general election where the security personnel will be needed,” Nazmul told reporters at the Sylhet International Stadium on Monday.

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bpl schedule_bangladesh cricket betting_Tigers close in on path to progress.

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Despite facing a pace line-up that featured the likes of Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Jofra Archer and Sam Curran, the Tigers never strayed from their mindset.

Youngster Towhid Hridoy also impressed on debut, displaying confidence and shot-making ability. He looked solid before being dismissed for 24 off 17 deliveries with two fours and a six. Najmul Hossain Shanto, who was the leading run-getter in the BPL, continued his fine form as he struck four consecutive boundaries to English pacer Mark Wood on way to scoring a fifty.

According to Mohammad Salahuddin, coach of BPL champion Comilla Victorians, the improvement in pitches during the BPL helped batters express themselves freely against England.

“I think it’s a very big achievement to beat a team like England. The boys played fearless cricket and we were able to witness a wide range of strokes from them, which is a very good sign. The reason the boys were very confident about playing their shots was due to the pitches during the BPL being very good. Even if we had the ability to play strokes, our boys were not confident enough in the past [due to the nature of the pitch]. I think this time it helped them play freely. Since the range of shots increased, I think it will have a positive impact in the T20 format,” Salahuddin told the media yesterday.

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bpl schedule_cricket score betting_ILT20 2024 to kick off on January 13.

bpl schedule_cricket score betting_ILT20 2024 to kick off on January 13.

The second season of the International League T20 (ILT20) will begin on January 13, 2024.

The UAE-based T20 league announced the starting date for the second edition on Saturday, less than a week after Gulf Giants were crowned inaugural champions in Dubai.

“Following the huge success of the DP World ILT20 2023, work has begun on Season 2 which is set to commence from Saturday, 13 January 2024,” an ILT20 statement read. “Season 2 will be played on the same 34-match format with four playoffs including the final. The tournament schedule will be announced in due course.”

The early announcement of the date is unusual by itself for a T20 league circuit where launch dates and fixture lists are revealed closer to the time the league starts. It also means that there will likely be the same schedule crunch with the SA20, the Big Bash League and most likely the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) as there was this year.

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bpl schedule – baji999 com – BCB appoints Moore as Head of Programs

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has appointed Australian David Moore as Head of Programs which is akin to director of coaching. The 58-year old has been roped in on a two-year term, the BCB said in a press release today.

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Moore will be responsible for planning, devising strategies and implementation of the HP and Bangladesh Tigers programs to ensure that these programs directly benefit the National Team’s interests while working on the development programs for coaches.

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“I’m very excited to be commencing my role as Head of Programs at the BCB. I look forward to working with the Head Coach, his coaching and support staff and players to assist them to unleash their potential,” Moore was quoted as saying in the BCB media release.

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“I am delighted to have been appointed to oversee and develop some very important programs that will provide opportunities for elite cricketers to perform in the international arena,” the media release quoted Moore as saying.

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The idea to appoint Moore was to ensure a more seamless movement of players from HP and other sides for the national team cause.

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Moore, who played just one first-class game for New South Wales as a wicket-keeper. He served as the head coach of West Indies after Bennett King resigned following a poor showing in the 2007 World Cup. He has also worked as the general manager of Cricket New South Wales. He also worked with the Bermudian Cricket Team as national coach and has worked as Coach Education Manager at Cricket New South Wales.

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bpl schedule – Bayern Munich – Pakistan’s Wahab, Amad star in BPL

Pakistan pacer Wahab Riaz and Amad Butt were among the top performers as Khulna Tigers eased past Rangpur Riders by nine wickets on Tuesday during the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

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Riaz bagged figures of 4-14 in four overs, meanwhile Butt claimed 3-16 in three overs.

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Riaz and Butt helped Khulna restrict Rangpur to 129 in 20 overs with Mahedi Hasan top-scoring with 38.

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In reply, Khulna reached the target in 18.2 overs for the loss of one wicket.

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Opener Tamim Iqbal scored an unbeaten 60 runs in 47 balls with the help of four fours and two sixes.

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For his brilliant performance, Riaz bagged the award for player of the match.

Pakistan’s Azam Khan was also part of the winning side but he didn’t get a chance to bat.

Meanwhile, three Pakistan players were in action for the Riders with veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik leading the side. All-rounder Mohammad Nawaz and pacer Haris Rauf were also part of the team.

Malik could only score nine runs in 14 balls, whereas Nawaz and Rauf went wicketless with the ball.

Sylhet Strikers are currently at the top of the table with 10 points after winning all five of their games. Fortune Barishal are in second place with six points after four matches.

Rangpur Riders and Chattogram Challengers are in third and fourth place, respectively, with four points each.

Khulna Tigers, Comilla Victorians and Dhaka Dominators are in the final three positions, respectively, of the table with two points each after four matches. 

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bpl schedule – Patsy Palmer – Khushdil Shah makes comeback in BPL

Pakistan’s hard-hitting batter Khushdil Shah made a solid comeback in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). 

Shah, who is representing Comilla Victorians, had a poor start with the bat after he managed to score just a run in the first match.  

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But, he smoked 43 not-out against Fortune Barishal to register a solid comeback on Saturday. His innings included a boundary and four sixes. 

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Shah’s 43 wasn’t enough for the Victorians to chase down 178 runs in 20 overs. Victorians were restricted to 165-7 in the given overs. 

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The left-handed batter was accompanied by fellow Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Rizwan in Victorians’ squad. Rizwan joined the team today after participating in three-match ODI series against New Zealand in Pakistan. 

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Today, Rizwan arrived in Dhaka at 10:20am, local time, and then boarded a helicopter, which landed at the Women’s Sports Complex ground beside the Zahur Ahmed Chowhdury Stadium in Chattogram at 12:45pm.

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The Pakistan star landed around an hour before the match and was named in the playing XI.

After deciding to field first, the Victorians were set a target of 178 runs after Barishal’s skipper Shakib Al Hasan scored an unbeaten 45-ball 81.

While chasing the target, Rizwan was dismissed after scoring 18 runs in 11 balls with the help of two sixes.

The wicket-keeper batter remained top-scorer in the ODI series against New Zealand. He scored 182 runs in three matches at an average of 91. The right-handed batsman also scored two fifties in the series. 

On the other hand, Shaheen Shah Afridi was also supposed to join Victorians but he withdrew from the event. He will continue his rehabilitation in the country ahead of Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 8. Shaheen will lead defending champions Lahore Qalandars in this year’s PSL.

The 22-year-old cricketer got injured in the final of T20 World Cup 2022. He was taken off the field after sustaining a knee injury while taking a catch off Shadab Khan.

Since then, Shaheen has not taken part in competitive cricket and has remained under strict observation of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s medical team. 

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bpl schedule – Shakib finds some positives in BPL at last

“Everything is on a break,” Bangladesh’s Test and T20I skipper Shakib Al Hasan said when asked about his reaction to umpiring in the BPL at an event organised by Yamaha, only a day after he had made headlines for getting into the field of play before his side Fortune Barishal’s innings.

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The all-rounder has already made headlines for his criticism of the BPL since the ninth edition of the tournament began, stating he could do a better job than the current organisers if he were CEO. At another commercial event a little later, he said it would be better to be board president than CEO.

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Shakib accepted the fine for a level 1 breach of the BCB’s code of conduct for entering the field, but it remains to be seen whether the all-rounder has had enough of going after the BPL’s organisation.

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Despite the shortcomings of the BPL this time around, Shakib found some positives from a cricketer’s perspective, not getting into the logistical challenges left unmet. Yet, he reminded of difficulty playing T20s in Mirpur.

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“The pitch is very good this year. Getting such pitches in Mirpur is unexpected. You have to credit the curator for that. That’s why runs are being scored and games are going well. It’s exciting,” Shakib said.

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While the night games have produced runs, it still remains a bit difficult during the afternoon games for batters. A few local batters, a majority from the Sylhet Strikers, have started the BPL on the right foot.

“[Nazmul Hossain] Shanto, Towhid Hridoy and Zakir [Hasan] have done well. The best thing is that local batters are doing well and the pitch deserves credit,” he said.

However, Shakib also pointed out that local bowlers are yet to really make a case for themselves. “Bowlers are not doing well. We have to learn how to bowl on these pitches now,” he said.

While any fiery remarks have been put on hold, when the action takes to the field at Chattogram, it remains to be seen whether Shakib will go from ‘break’ to action again.

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bpl schedule – Is BPL drawing its final breath?

Every passing season, the size of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) is shrinking. The gloss of a franchise league is no longer there. Even Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) officials are also no longer vocal about BPL that doesn’t have star power like before.

One of the BCB officials who earlier used to make tall claims about BPL being the world’s second best franchise tournament after the Indian Premier League (IPL), on Monday with a defeated tone said, “I said that back then, I’m not saying anything like that now!”

In world cricket, franchise leagues are like a product and BCB has fallen behind in marketing their product, BPL, to the world. SA20 will raise its curtain in South Africa on Tuesday, on 13 January, International League Twenty20 (ILT20) will begin in Dubai.

Naturally, big names in cricket have chosen those cash-rich tournaments over BPL. So, there is no other choice but to accept that Comilla Victorians’ English batter Dawid Malan as the biggest star in BPL this year.

After Monday’s match between Sylhet Strikers and Comilla Victorians, it seemed that there is a bigger star in this year’s BPL then Malan, someone who is not even taking part in this tournament as a cricketer!

Legendary former fast bowler from the Caribbean islands, Curtly Ambrose, landed in Dhaka on Sunday to work as a commentator in BPL. On Monday, just as Ambrose stepped onto the field after the first match to analyse the game, photo journalists, television crew and reporters surrounded him, which gave a feeling that BPL has at least more than one star.

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BPL, a tournament formatted like IPL, was the brainchild of the former BCB president and the current finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal. The main intention behind the tournament, which kick-started in 2012, was to improve the performances of local cricketers in T20. They would get to share the dressingroom with big names, enrich their T20 knowledge and learn a lot about the game– that was the hope.

The hopes of making bank was also there. But BCB has always said that their biggest motivation behind organizing BPL is to improve the standard of local cricketers in T20s, not to swell their coffers.

Whether money making was the primary goal or secondary– from the very start BPL hasn’t brought any significant riches to BCB owing to its faulty and over-ambitious financial structure. Moreover, BCB has had to pay the salaries of players themselves and pay the price for roping in franchises which are riddled with problems.

BCB, later, was forced to curtail the financial structure, reduce players’ salaries and franchise fees.

BPL has perhaps succeeded in imprinting the T20 format in the psyche of local cricketers, it has also opened up a path for young cricketers to make a name for themselves. But as its by-product, Bangladesh cricket has had to bear the brunt of mismanagement, spot-fixing and other such big-scale controversies.

All this has earned BPL derogatory abbreviations like ‘Due (Bokeya) Premier League’ and ‘Controversy (Bitorko) Premier League’ among a few.

These abbreviations were given by the naysayers. But now, if even a BCB official says in a casual setting that BPL stands for ‘Bangladesh Pain League’, it would be hardly surprising.

BCB also seemingly doesn’t have any high hopes on BPL anymore. Actually, they are exhausted by the problems accompanying the tournament. Just the topic of DRS has caused them so much distress!

Although the machineries and devices of DRS technology are currently inside the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, this technology is not in operation in the tournament. The reason, according to the BCB, is that they couldn’t find any expert to operate the technology. All technicians have already been ‘booked’ by SA20 and ILT20.

Question remains whether this explanation is even believable. Why didn’t Real Impact, the production company BCB signed an agreement with for the BPL, rope in a hawk-eye expert for the tournament?

It’s true that even with the help of DRS technology, umpires sometimes make controversial decisions. But that’s where DRS comes in, as it helps reduce the risk of wrong and controversial decisions as much as possible.

Even the bilateral series between Zimbabwe and Ireland, which is set to begin on 12 January, is expected to have the DRS technology available. So, for a tournament like BPL, where cricketers from various countries are taking part, not having DRS technology available is guaranteed to create controversy.

BCB knew it all, but still chose not to ensure DRS from the start of the tournament. A big reason behind this decision could’ve been to curb the cost. It costs $8-8.5 thousand per match for hawk-eye technology. To have DRS available in every match would’ve cost BCB nearly $400,000.

Maybe, BCB felt spending so much for a tournament that is slowly becoming ‘low profile’, was excessive. But the question is, as they are not spending for the technology, they should’ve at least cut that sum from the money they paid the production company.

BCB could hand over BPL to some other company to breathe new life into the tournament. A number of Indian organisations have apparently offered huge sums of money to buy the organising rights of BPL. Two companies from Dubai have also showed interest to buy franchises.

But BCB doesn’t want to go down that path right now, and is determined not to do so in the future too. BPL is Bangladesh’s tournament, and they want to keep it as such. And solving this problem could cause fresh trouble for them.

Many franchise T20 tournaments around the world are caught in the web of betting. BCB fears that BPL could also get caught in that web.

However, has BCB managed to save themselves by keeping the tournament their own?

In accordance with the country’s law, BCB has a ‘zero tolerance’ policy for betting and anything related with betting. This is clearly stated in the financial agreements.

However, in the local and overseas broadcast of the tournament, advertisements of betting related organisations are being shown. Moreover, advertisements of those organisinations are being added virtually on the advertising mats.

These organisations are not directly involved in betting but they are related with betting websites. Just a few months back, Shakib Al Hasan was forced to cut ties with Betwinner news, which wasn’t a betting site but was owned by a betting site. But now, that same organisation is showing advertisements in BPL, BCB’s own product.

In countries where betting is legal, betting organisations a lot of the times sponsor cricket tournaments. In Bangladesh betting is illegal, hence they can’t become sponsors. But they are making their way inside BPL using various loopholes.

Now the question is, how long will BCB be able to save BPL from this web of betting sites? Or will the tournament which is losing against US Dollars and Dirhams will breathe its last breath and disappear forever!

Because of such fears, an influential official of the BCB had said grudgingly– Why don’t we shut down BPL!

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