Every year, Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) comes with numerous changes to make the tournament more glamorous than before. Fans around the country used to welcome and enjoy all the changes. But, this year, Bangladesh Premier League causes a silent anger among locals, as it draws a further change in recruiting local budding players for this edition.
This change is not welcoming at all.
The 5th edition of BPL allows franchisees to field up to five foreign players in an XI. Thus, this edition of Bangladesh Premier League brought the lowest opportunity for the local budding players. Only 16% of uncapped players will get the chance for this edition.
This is an unstable edition of previous regulation in this regard. In 2012, when BPL was in its infant level, 23% of the uncapped local players contribute the total players with five overseas players in XI. In 2013, it increased to 26%, while in 2015 it surprisingly went down in 20% with four foreigners in XI.
Count of Uncapped Bangladeshi Players in Each Season
|Season||Overseas Players||Total Players||Total Uncapped|
|BPL 2012||5 Foreigners||Total 111||Local Uncapped 26 (23%)|
|BPL 2013||5 Foreigners||Total 134||Local Uncapped 35 (26%)|
|BPL 2015||4 Foreigners||Total 120||Local Uncapped 24 (20%)|
|BPL 2016||4 Foreigners||Total 131||Local Uncapped 31 (23%)|
|BPL 2017||5 Foreigners||Total 180||Local Uncapped 29 (16%)|
Earlier, the governing body of BPL informed that the decision has been taken after a long discussion with the franchisees, Rajshahi was against of it.
Khulna Titans took seven local uncapped players and this is the highest among other franchises. Sylhet Sixers and Comilla Victorians recruited three players each.
Reactions to this move are different. “Bangladesh Premier League BPL, a money-spinning tournament always keen to attract the corporate houses to make it a maximum money-making tool. Such change discourages the franchises to recruit the local uncapped talent players.” a local budding player claiming to be anonymous said to the ProBangladeshi.com.
Nabil Samad, an experienced local player reacts “Bangladeshi players got more opportunities with bat and ball when seven local players were around. But this time the scope has become limited for batsmen, especially those in the top-order. All the teams usually try to utilize foreign players in those positions”
Abu Jayed a Titan fast bowler observes “BPL is a good platform to enter the national team because it lets us stay in focus. There isn’t any media coverage in National Cricket League (first-class cricket) and Bangladesh Cricket League. I think we can look at the positive of it. We will be brought into focus if we do well. There aren’t many of us.”