No progress as yet

Two weeks have gone by after the Bangladesh Cricket Board had assured of holding the Dhaka Premier League, but little progress has been made in this regard.
Uncertainty surrounding this year’s league, the most coveted 50-overs competition in the country, remains as BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon has yet to hold talks with the clubs. The BCB boss assured agitated cricketers, who had gathered at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on April 20 to protest the delay in start of the league, that the competition would surely take place this year. But Jalal Yunus, chairman of the Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM), has seen no positive sign regarding the start of the league though they were supposed to reach an agreement within a week’s time from the BCB chief’s assurance.
“We are actually waiting for feedback from the clubs. As per their [clubs] desire we provided the list of the players two days back and, most importantly, the national players will be back by May 15, so we can easily start the league by end of this month. But the reality is that there is no progress regarding the start of the league,” said Yunus, who is also the chairman of the board’s media committee.
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“Hopefully our president will meet with the club officials within next two-three days. Let’s see what happens. There is no problem even if it is a single league tournament and we are also ready to keep a reserve day considering the weather. But the main thing is that the clubs have to come forward,” he added.
However it could not be known whether the BCB president had taken any initiative on his own.
The league, which was initially scheduled to start in March this year, was postponed indefinitely as the clubs denied to participate in the league citing a number of problems, amongst which was the unavailability of the national players.
“It’s really unfortunate that there is no progress though two weeks have gone by after the BCB president’s assurance. What we learnt from different sources is that the BCB president will meet the clubs representatives within next two-three days. We will see what happens during this time and then we will sit with the players to decide our next course of action. But one thing is very clear that the players will go for tougher movement if the board fails to hold the tournament,” warned Debabrata Paul, general secretary of Cricketers’ Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB).