Ownership of Comilla Victorians will last until BPL 2025

Sep 26, 2022

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They are one of five current club owners that have committed to the competition for an additional three seasons.

Comilla Victorians’ owners plan to be present when their team defends their Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) championship the next season. Comilla Legends Ltd. reportedly failed to file Expression of Interest (EOI) papers last month, but the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said on Sunday that the Victorians would continue to play in the BPL through 2025.

One of the seven franchises has a new owner: the Sylhet team has been acquired by a firm called Future Sports Bangladesh Ltd. A well-known returnee is also present with Bashundhara Group’s repurchase of the Rangpur franchise.

The Barishal team was retained by Fortune Barishal Sports Ltd. With Khulna Tigers, Mindtree followed suit. Last season’s Sylhet franchise owner, Progoti Green Auto Rice Mills Ltd, has acquired the Dhaka team this year. After the BCB fired the original owners in 2022, the Minister Group funded the side from the capital. Delta Sports Ltd continued to be in charge of the Chattogram team.

Five of the owners who were involved in BPL 8 earlier this year will therefore continue to work on BPL 9, 10, and 11.

“The BPL (Bangladesh Premier League) T20 governing council has invited the parties to complete the process of securing franchise ownership rights for the next three editions of the tournament,” the BCB stated in a press release. “After detailed evaluation and assessment of the EOI documents submitted by prospective owners.”

The BPL spent four weeks reviewing the submissions from these seven owners before ending their Expression of Interest process on August 30. Compared to the other two T20 tournaments that are taking place during the same January–February timeframe, this has put them back a little. The SA20, South Africa’s newest T20 competition, held its player auction last week while the UAE-based ILT20 has finished filling out its team rosters.

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