Bangladesh authorities decided to not extend the public holidays to contain the spread of the coronavirus. From May 31, public and private offices will go operational on a limited scale. But there is still no sign of cricket to be resumed soon.
The Bangladesh cricket fraternity is waiting to secure a green signal from the government, said general secretary of Crickets’ Welfare Association of Bangladesh Debabrata Paul.
Right before the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League had taken the field in March but couldn’t continue more than two rounds. Since then all of the cricketers are passing time at home.
“The authority decided to resume the essential service, and public transport is also set to be restarted on a limited scale. But we still don’t think the situation is fit to start playing cricket in Bangladesh again. We are waiting for the green signal of the government,” Paul told UNB on Saturday.
“We have to start our domestic cricket as soon as possible, but at the same time, we have to be cautious about the health of cricketers and the other stakeholders,” he added.
Not just domestic cricket, Bangladesh’s international schedule is also on hold as the tours of Pakistan and Ireland have been postponed indefinitely.
But it is domestic cricket that is most important to start again feels Paul. He said: “Most of our cricketers are dependent on their Dhaka League earnings. So whenever we get the situation right to start playing we have to start with Dhaka League. Bangladeshi footballers get chance to play in more than two leagues in a calendar year, but in cricket, we have only Dhaka League where most of our domestic cricketers get a chance to play and earn. We have to keep it in mind.”
Earlier, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) CEO, Nizamuddin Chowdhury, had also said the board is waiting for government’s suggestion regarding starting the game of cricket in Bangladesh again.
Former national footballer, Football Federation member and Dhaka Abahani Director Golam Rabbani Helal, passed away around Saturday noon.
The 67-year-old was on life support at Square Hospital since last Thursday where he was admitted after suffering a brain haemorrhage.
He left behind his wife, two daughters and a large number of admirers to mourn his death.
In the morning, his pulse was going down gradually and the medication was not working. Doctors tried to remove the blood clot in his brain but failed.
Helal had been suffering from kidney disease and undergoing dialysis for the last year. He also underwent an open-heart surgery after a cardiac arrest in April, 2017.
His Namaz-e-Janaza is scheduled to be held after Asr prayers at his favourite Abahani Club ground before his burial at the Azimpur graveyard.
Helal played for the national team from 1979 to 1985. At the club level, he played for Dhaka Abahani regularly from 1975 to 1988 and had a short stint with BJMC. He also played for Bangladesh team in the Asian Youth Football in Dhaka in 1978.
He was one of four national footballers sent to jail along with three Abahani players – Salahuddin, Chunnu and Anwar – following a Dhaka derby clash with traditional rivals Mohammedan SC in 1982.
After retiring from football, Helal become the director of Dhaka Abahani and served the club in different capacities. Helal also served Bangladesh Football Federation as an executive committee member from 2008.
Meanwhile, BFF President Kazi Salahuddin and other officials and staff expressed their condolences at the passing away of the former national booter.
Former Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful and his wife Anika Taslima have been blessed with a baby boy on Friday afternoon.
Ashraful requested his fans and the countrymen to keep them in prayers.
“My wife Anika gave birth to a baby boy today at the Square Hospital, Dhaka. Both mother and baby are doing well. Please keep us in your prayers,” Ashraful told the media.
This is the second time the couple has been blessed with a baby. They also have a daughter.
Currently, all cricketing activities are on hold around the globe due to the outbreak of coronavirus.
However, the cricket authority of the country is working hard to find out a way to resume cricket as soon as possible.
The members of Bangladesh Cricket team who played in the ICC World Cup 2019, will receive a share of the bonus payout of the World Cup from Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
Bangladesh Cricket Board has decided to clear a part of the winning bonus of the 2019 World Cup to the members of Bangladesh Cricket team under the persistence of the Cricket Welfare Association of Bangladesh, CWAB.
Almost 11 months have passed the World Cup, but there was no head away in this regard before CWAB came forward to make sure that the national cricketers got their due amount of BDT 2 crores, said a cricbuzz report.
Bangladesh's World Cup campaign ended on July 5 last year with the match against Pakistan at Lord's and cricketers were expected to receive USD 120,000 for their three World Cup wins, considering they were expected to get USD 40,000 per win.
CWAB's president Naimur Rahman Durjoy confirmed it on Friday, May 29, that they had successfully managed to convince the board to distribute the prize money with the cricketers though BCB was initially reluctant to part ways with it.
The International Federation of Cricketers [FICA] also has a role to play in getting this prize money for the players as per the last MPA agreements signed between the ICC and the participating countries, which ensured that the cricketers received a part of this prize money/bonus.
The MPA agreement also stipulates that the money should be paid to the cricketers within 14 days of it being deposited in the board's account. However, no work was seen in this regard by the Bangladesh board. In the face of the demands by the cricketers, CWAB found out that the BCB had objected to paying the prize money.
"They would have got the money to win the match. There was some hesitation initially about whether the players deserved the prize money. However, because of the discussion with the board, that hesitation has been cleared. Now they are also getting the prize money," said Naimur. "The process had started before Eid and now, as soon as the office is opened, the money will be deposited in the player's accounts."
Cumilla Victorians’ owner Nafisa Kamal said she is eager to rope in Virat Kohli in her team in a future edition of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
Indian cricketers are not allowed to play in any franchise-based cricket league outside India. But in a recent move, cricketers like Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, and Robin Uthappa raised voice to allow them to play in foreign T20 leagues.
Nafisa Kamal said if BCCI allows Indian cricketers to play outside home, she will try to rope in Virat to play for Cumilla Victorians. If needed, Victorians will spend all of their money on Virat, she said.
“We can learn many things from the players who take part in IPL. Obviously, IPL is the most successful franchise-based cricket league in the world. The teams of IPL spend ample amount of money on cricketers,” Nafisa said in a Facebook live session.
“Virat is an idol for all the cricketers. If we need to spend all the money on him, we might do so. If we have a chance to rope in Indian players, we will run for Virat,” she added.
Victorians have been taking part in BPL since 2015-16 session. They have won two BPL title under the captaincy of Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and Imrul Kayes. However, the Victorians did not participate in the edition renamed Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League to pay tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.