The Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM) has rescheduled the Dhaka Premier League (DPL), the country's lone top-flight 50-over domestic competition.
On January 13, the CCDM had informed following a meeting that they were planning to start the league from February 20 and the players-by-choice draft, which was scheduled to take place today, will once again be in place.
League coordinator Amin Khan however informed yesterday that they were preparing to start the league from March 1 after the completion of the players' draft on February 18. In the players-by-choice system, the 12 clubs choose from a player pool in a sequence decided by lottery.
"Our players, officials and coaches were busy with the recently-concluded Bangladesh Premier League, so they need time to think about the league and that's why it's not possible to hold the players' draft on February 12. Instead it may be held on February 18. Accordingly, we are also taking preparations to start the league from March 1," Amin said.
"There is no option for icon players. Like the previous year there will be six to seven categories including A+, A etc. The highest amount will be Tk 35 lakh," he added.
Each team can retain a maximum of three players and after the players' draft, clubs can release three players on the basis of mutual understanding.
The new schedule however gives national players, who will return home after playing the third and final Test against New Zealand between March 16 and 20, the opportunity to play matches in the Super League stage.
However, Amin said that they were not sure how many national players would play the league as many have already expressed their desire to rest and they will also be busy with World Cup preparations.