After exodus, B'desh pins hopes on IPL

With 13 of its players turning rebel for the ICL, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is now pinning hopes on the IPL and the CT to rally its players.

updated: September 19, 2008 08:40 IST
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With 13 of its players turning "Dhaka Warriors" for the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL), the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is now pinning hopes on the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Champions Trophy to rally its players.

The Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) has said it will help out Bangladesh cricket by including a team in the 2010 edition of the Champions Twenty20 League and include more Bangladeshi cricketers in the lucrative IPL, The Daily Star said on Friday.

BCCI vice president Lalit Modi, who also heads both these tournaments, told Cricinfo: "We will definitely play an active role in helping them out. We are looking at adding a few of their (Bangladesh) players for the next IPL auction. We are also looking at a team from Bangladesh participating in the Champions League from 2010."

The next IPL auction is tentatively scheduled for Jan 29, about two months before the second season begins April 10.

Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak is the only Bangladesh player currently in the IPL and Bangalore Royal Challengers signed him up for $50,000.

Although national boards don't get a share of IPL's revenues, they will receive a significant sum for participating in the Champions League, along with a separate participation fee for the domestic Twenty20 teams that are invited. The Champions League is hoping to expand from eight teams this year to 12 in 2009.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has said that any discussion on Bangladesh's Test future will have to be within the committee it had formed in July on unofficial cricket.

"Any decision on this will be taken at the ICC board meeting and it will be the working party that will decide on such an issue," an ICC spokesperson told CricInfo.

The ICC's committee is believed to have discussed the issue over the last few months although Modi, who is a member, declined to comment on the nature of those talks.

Although none of the 13 cricketers who signed up for ICL came for a meeting the BCB had convened Thursday, BCB's tough stance against the "Dhaka Warriors" received a further boost when the ICC and the BCCI backed their move to ban the players. BCB banned the players for 10 years.