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12:00 AM, August 22, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, August 22, 2019

Victorians rally against rule changes

The Comilla Victorians yesterday refused to accept the decision to refurbish the regulations of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) during the ongoing meetings between the tournament’s governing council (GC) and franchises.

Earlier this month, the GC announced that they would set fresh rules as the tournament is to start a new four-year cycle.

Following the last edition of the BPL, the BCB had claimed that the edition was the best among the six seasons.

“My question is why would I change the model if it has been claimed as the most successful one? Why not continue with it? The BCB president [Nazmul Hassan] said that the BPL would not have any change to its rules and we want to honor his statement. We want continuity of a successful model,” said Comilla Victorians owner Nafisa Kamal after the meeting at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

“It is being said that there will be a new cycle but that doesn’t mean the rules have to be changed. We can always have the old and core rules in new the cycle and, if needed, make a few changes only,” she added.

The GC’s recent decision to withdraw the local players’ retention policy and name everyone in the players’ draft or auction alongside their refusal to acknowledge direct local signings has irked the majority of franchises as Shakib Al Hasan’s move from Dhaka Dynamites to Rangpur Riders is still pending approval.

“We had signed Mushfiqur [Rahim] during the [2019] World Cup. Tamim [Iqbal] is said to have signed Khulna [Titans] before the World Cup. Why was it not an issue then? We could have had better preparation if we were informed then. Now, all of a sudden, just because of one issue they cannot change the whole system,” Nafisa said.

Two-time champions Comilla also pressed the issue of revenue sharing and Nafisa informed that Comilla had been unable to break-even in any of the seasons so far.

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