Bangladesh Cricket Board announced on Sunday that the previously-halted Dhaka Premier League 2019-20 will start from May 31. BCB earlier stated that DPL will resume from May 6 but had to change its plan due to second wave corona pandemic.
The 2019-20 season’s DPL was postponed on March 19 last year after just one completed round of matches in compliance with measures taken to fight the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.
Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis, a BCB wing entrusted with the responsibility to host Dhaka-club based tournament stated that the competition will now have a fresh start and will be played in a T20 format instead of the usual 50 overs.
‘The CCDM with the support of the BCB plan to organize the DPL from May 31. As decided earlier it will be a T20 event. Considering the busy international schedule and the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup, we believe that T20 is the ideal format for the 2019-20 League,” CCDM chairman Kazi Inam Ahmed was quoted in a statement issued by BCB on May 2.
“The BCB President has given a clear direction on the importance of players’ safety during these times. The Board has successfully completed two tournaments this season and has hosted the West Indies in Bangladesh.
“We will draw from these learnings and make plans for the Bangabandhu DPL accordingly. We know what this league means to the players and clubs and appreciate their support during the planning stage,” Inam added.