Cricket returns with President Cup

BCB President’s Cup triangular one-day tournament begins today at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur which will be the country’s first competitive cricket tournament in the post pandemic era.

Spectators won’t be allowed at the venue due to the pandemic situation but they can watch live streaming of the match through the official Facebook page and YouTube channel of Bangladesh Cricket Board(BCB) and also follow live commentary in Bangladesh Betar.

This will be the first competitive match in the country since March 16 when the first round matches of Dhaka Premier League ended, after which all sporting activities got suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

BCB originally planned to resume cricketing activities with the national team’s Sri Lanka tour, but that plan eventually failed because of Sri Lankan government’s reluctance to budge from their firm stance on quarantine policy.

The board has now launched this new tournament with players from national side, HP unit and the World Cup winning Under-19 team to end Bangladesh’s long break from competitive cricket.

Bangladesh one-day international skipper Tamim Iqbal, who is leading one of the three teams in President’s Cup, felt the tournament was a great opportunity for the young players.

‘If someone can do well with bat or ball that might open the door for national team for him. It’s a very good opportunity for the young cricketers; they can prove themselves and claim a spot in the national team,’ Tamim said after the trophy unveiling ceremony on Saturday.

Though the tournament is not a ‘List-A’ competition neither the prize money is lucrative but all three skippers, Tamim, Mahmudullah and Nazmul Hossain Shanto, are eyeing to win the trophy.


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