The stakeholders of the country's football have urged for a combined effort to uplift the standard of the game as they believe the new format of the Bangladesh Premier League and the introduction of franchise-based Bangladesh Super League could prove to be a new beginning for football.
These opinions were expressed during a seminar titled “BPL and BSL: Searching for a new hope”, arranged by the Bangladesh Sports Press Association [BSPA], at a hotel in Dhaka yesterday where high-ups of Bangladesh Football Federation, sponsors, former footballers and senior journalists were present.
Sanat Babla, special correspondent of Daily Kaler Kantho, read the key-note paper at the seminar.
BFF president Kazi Salahuddin said the new format of the BPL could be a way of bringing football fans back to the galleries.
“To be honest, I didn't support the new format because with that the clubs will become more dependent. But we had to adopt this format to involve district organisers with mainstream football, which I believe will bring the fans back to the galleries.'
Tarafder Ruhul Amin, chairman of BPL and BSL rights holder Saif Global Sports Limited, asked the government to prepare the venues before the BPL starts on July 25.
BSPA president Mustafa Mamun believed a successful BPL could open the door for the BSL where millions of taka could be invested.
“Football organisers tried many ways to develop the game but we haven't seen much development. I think the new format of BLP can set a new example for the organisers who are eager to host BSL.”
Deputy minister for youth and sports, Arif Khan Joy, promised to take necessary steps to prepare the venues for the forthcoming league.