The sixth edition of the Bangladesh Premier League has been rescheduled by the Bangladesh Cricket Board. The event will be held from January 5 to February 8. The announcement was made after a meeting between the tournament's governing council members and franchises representatives at Mirpur on Sunday (July 29).
"We want to organize the next edition of BPL from January 5 to February 8 2019. As per our knowledge, the next general election is expected to commence in the last week of December, so we have decided this time-frame for our upcoming edition of BPL,'' Jalal Younus, BPL's technical committee chairman, said.
"Before that we want to complete the players draft in October, though we are yet to finalize its date,'' he added.
Initially, the tournament was scheduled to be played in October but BCB changed the schedule in order to provide adequate security for BPL, and instead opted to host Zimbabwe during that time for three ODIs and two Tests.
As per reports in Cricbuzz, with general elections set to be held in Bangladesh during that time, the organizers were not sure if they could have provided adequate security to the players during the time. Also, various security agencies have informed the board about their unavailability during that period that is why the tournament has been shifted two months later in January 2019.
With general elections in full swing during the period, the franchises further said that they will not be able to play the tournament as they will be busy in the elections as well.
(Inputs from Cricbuzz)