The beginning of each season of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) means that there are many controversies. There remain many shortages. A few days ago, Shakib Al Hasan commented that this tournament is ‘classless’ as it could not reach a standard position even in the ninth season. This time Mashrafe bin Murtaza said in harmony with his voice, BPL has many mismanagements.
The captains of seven teams participated in the unveiling of the trophy on the day before the start of the tournament. Mashrafe told the media there, “BPL could have been a platform to bring new players, but if you look at its current state, anyone will think that it is a chaotic matter. Players of all teams are practising in one field. Everything happens in one field; you will not see it anywhere else. It takes some planning to be successful, there needs to be a different beauty. We couldn’t do it before, we don’t think we can.”
Mashrafe feels that it is the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB) responsibility to ensure that every franchise in the BPL stays on for a long time. The Sylhet Strikers captain said, “Cricket has become more commercialized than before, keeping the franchises in the vantage point, is the responsibility of the board. Every team owner comes with a dream, no one comes here to count losses, that’s normal. May every team last for a long time, The Bangladesh Cricket Board should look into that.”
Mashrafe also urged the franchise owners to plan for the long term. He said, “This should be at least a three-year contract. The franchisees then will know about the plan. In that case, the franchise owners, the board and the BPL governing council can meet and discuss the needs of all. A consensus between the board and the team can be good. There are still so many problems in BPL. If you don’t fix them, it’s hard to move forward. Plans have to change to make the tournament a success.”
Meanwhile, like the previous time, there is no Decision Review System (DRS) in this season. The sides do not have any proper preparation. Stay away from the matching jersey, players have to wait a long time to get the practice jersey. Where the impression of unprofessionalism is clear. Interestingly, none of the umpires in charge of managing the BPL knows the full names of the seven teams.