DOHS, Partex hope to play full-fledged DPL
|| CF Correspondent ||
Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis official said that they might shortened the Bangabandhu Dhaka Premier Division League, country’s traditional club based cricket tournament but the lower tier clubs are thinking otherwise. They are hoping for a full fledged league.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic on 15 March after the first round of the match DPL was postponed. For this reason many clubs are facing losses and this loss will get bigger for the team and also for the players if the tournament gets cancelled. But for the lower tier team like Old DOHS Sports Club and Partex Sporting Club they are in deep trouble than others.
Partex Sporting Club coach said that due to the postponement his club has faced a little bit of loss as they had already rented a house for the cricketers where they were supposed to stay during the league.
"The postponement of the league was not on anyone's hands, everyone was lost to the situation. We have rented house, the moment players will come they will be in that house. There is always a factor of cost, we do face a little bit off loss due to postponement of the league. "
After the first round of matches the event got cancelled and the team are hoping to get back into the field. After knowing about the statement of an official of CCDM that they are looking till 15 April and then they will go for a decision, whether the tournament going to be cancelled or it's going to be shortened. The lower tier clubs are seemed to be tensed about it.
Rezaul Haque said that he would like to play the whole tournament. He and his players in the team all want to play the whole league. But then again they will accept whatever the decision of CCDM takes.
"If they want to organize the match in shorter format, then they will do that. I think taking a decision in a hurry may hurt many. I want to play the whole league. My players want that too. What will be the new rules when it get shortened, is also a matter. In the end, we will agree in whatever the decision they take."
While on the other side assistant coach of Old DOHS Sports Club Nasir Uddin Farooq expecting that the matches should go on after the situation gets better, it doesn't matter to him if its going to be shortened or full fledged. He just wants the matches to be played.
"How it will end is the complete decision of the Board and the CCDM. But I think if the matches took place then it will be good for the players. Whatever the format is, short or large format doesn't matter. To me the more important thing is that the players can come on the field."
He also said that the tournament is the one of the major side where the players got money to support their families, it would create a great financial crisis among the players if the league got cancelled.
"From my point of view, if there are 20 players from 12 teams on the field, a lot of cricketers. Their families rely on them with the Premier League money they gets. Not going to talk about other things, cricketers get a good amount of money by playing Premier League. I just want the games to be played, doesn't matter how the matches will be played, because the players will be benefited."
Partex Sporting Club last participated in the Dhaka Premier League in 2016-17 season and manage to win just three matches out of 13 and got demoted. On the other hand Old DOHS Sports Club relegated from the Dhaka Premier League in 2014-15 by losing all 13 matches. For this reason these two team took this season more seriously this time.
That seriousness has been reflected in the first round of the matches where Old DOHS started a flying start of the season by defeating Legend of Rupganj and Partex got defeated by Abahani but looking forward to do well in the coming matches.
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