National elections force BCB to replan their cricketing schedule

Bangladesh will have national elections during October 2018.

BCB President Nazmul Hassan is looking into the matter. (Independent Bangladesh)

The Bangladesh Cricket Board are replanning their cricketing schedule keeping in mind the upcoming national elections to be held in October 2019. This has brought up a couple of changes to their cricketing schedule. 

Previously,  Zimbabwe were expected to arrive in January 2019 to play a two-match Test series and three one-day internationals. However, BCB is now considering hosting the series in October 2018.

BCB want to change the schedule in order to provide adequate security for BPL, which was initially slated to be held in October 2018. With the national elections set to be held then, and inadequate security in place, they are planning to host it in January 2019 instead.

Therefore the bottomline which now stands is that Zimbabwe will tour Bangladesh in October 2018 during the elections in the country while the BPL 2019 has been slated for January 2019 keeping in mind the security of national and international players. 

As per reports in Cricbuzz, franchises were not ready to play the tournament in October as some of them will be busy with the election.

"We are trying to host Zimbabwe in October," said BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury. "Both the boards agreed in principle about the rescheduling as we have to hold the BPL in January," he said.

"We are working out on some details regarding the series against Zimbabwe," he added.

Zimbabwe are expected to be in South Africa till mid-October and BCB is trying to host them soon after they finish their assignment there.

BPL governing council member secretary Ismail Haider told Cricbuzz that they have decided to host BPL in January instead of October considering all the pros and cons. "We will host the BPL in January as we are convinced that it will be the perfect time," said Ismail. "It will be difficult to host it in October due to national election as we need huge security for the tournament that will be unavailable due to the election duty."

By Anshuman Roy - 10 Jul, 2018

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