Selectors free to work in BPL

Staff Correspondent

National selectors are free to work in the forthcoming Bangladesh Premier League, country’s lone franchise-based Twenty20 tournament, said Bangladesh Cricket Board officials on Wednesday.
Selectors of BCB were barred from joining the teams in the previous editions of BPL but organisers took a U-turn from their stance.
Earlier it was said that allowing the national selectors to work in different franchises in BPL would create conflict of interest.
The same rule applied for the national coaching staff but it was announced that only the previous rule will be applicable for the foreign coaching staff of Tigers.
‘The national selectors can join the BPL teams to provide their technical inputs,’ BPL governing council member secretary Ismail Mallick told reporters on Wednesday.
‘They won’t be allowed to sit in the dressing room but certainly they will be allowed to join the BPL franchises,’ he said.
‘Since there are not many world class coaches available we had made a rule,’ he said.
‘We decided to allow all except the foreign coaching staff [of the national team] to join the BPL franchises,’ he said.
Chief selector Minhajul Abedin was yet to register with any franchises but his two colleagues Habibul Bashar and Sazzad Ahmed joined Khulna and Rajshahi respectively, sources said.
BPL, which will host 46 matches, will start on November 4 at Dhaka while it will shift to Chittagong after the first round of the tournament.
BPL officials said that they allowed the seven senior cricketers of the national set-up to choose their own team in the upcoming editions as per their request.
Though there would be no icons in the forthcoming BPL unlike before the seven cricketers have already made up their minds to join respective teams.
Dhaka Dynamites picked highest-priced Sakib al Hasan for Taka 55 Lakh in the A+ category while champions Comilla Victorians retained Mashrafee bin Murtaza for Tk 50 lakh.
Chittagong Vikings retained Tamim Iqbal but Mahmudullah joined newly included Khulna Titans from Barisal Bulls. Mushfiqur Rahim joined Barisal franchise. Mashrafee, Tamim, Mahmudullah and Mushfiq will get Tk 50 lakh while Soumya Sarkar and Sabbir Rahman, who joined Rajshahi and Rangpur respectively, will bag Tk 40 lakh each.
‘This time we won’t say icon, this time it will be called ‘A+’ category instead of icon. Our selectors and selection panel proposed us the names for the ‘A+’ category,’ said Mallick.
‘The seven most senior players came to us officially and asked us to let them choose their own teams. In other countries the local players get the same payment as foreign players.
‘They [cricketers] said if you give us the chance to select the team then maybe we will get more money.
‘So whatever extra money they get we are not responsible for it, we are responsible for the given money here,’ he said.
Five teams of the previous editions retained two players from their side each while the two newly included teams will have the chance to call the first four players in the BPL auction on September 30.
Dhaka retained Mosaddek Hossain and Nasir Hossain while Chittagong kept Taskin Ahmed and Anamul Haque.
Rangpur kept Arafat Sunny and Mohammad Mithun as Comilla kept faith on Imrul Kayes Liton Kumar Das.
Barisal will retain the service of pace bowler Al Amin Hossain and Taijul Islam.

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