The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has taken charge of the next edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), owing to a clash between the board and the six of the franchises. Nazmul Hassan, the BCB president said if the franchises are not willing to follow the rules set by BPL, the board will then have to 'take the load of running BPL'.
The next edition of the BPL is believed to be not run by franchises and instead BCB running the show. According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, the conflict between franchises started after Bangladesh's star cricketer Shakib Al Hasan signed for Rangpur Riders from Dhaka Dynamites, earlier this year. As per the rules, the franchises have the option of signing four players outside the player draft. The same report adds that the Dhaka franchise was not happy to lose its top player and wanted a change to the existing rules.
"We were supposed to rework the agreements with the franchises this year. We have met them in between, we have had lots of meetings, and they have made a number of demands. But these are in direct conflict with the BPL model we have been working with. It's not possible to accommodate the demands," Hassan told ESPNcricinfo.
"They (franchises) haven't said they won't play, but they don't want it, because of the pressure of putting it together twice. We have considered everything, and decided to host the next BPL on our own. We won't have franchises," he added.
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