Clubs divided over returning to fieldStaff Correspondent
Six clubs, playing in the super league of the Dhaka Premier League, are sharply divided over their return to the field at any date fixed by the Bangladesh Cricket Board.
The BCB earlier this week decided to resume the league on April 10, though a poor weather caused a further delay for the league to be resumed as per the revised schedule.
The Cricket committee of Dhaka Metropolis in a meeting late on Monday postponed the league for an indefinite period, citing poor weather which, according to them, caused a serious damage to the fields.
Victoria Sporting Club said they are in favour of returning to the field when the league resumes and they were joined by title rivals Old DOHS and Gazi Tanks, who are also willing to play the matches.
However, enemy-turned-friend Mohammedan and Abahani are still firm in their decision of boycotting the league and they have found a new ally in Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club, who are now against playing any matches until certain ruling on Mohammad Yusuf issue is given.
The position of Jamal is understandable as the BCB had initiated a move to take their president Manzur Kader to the court for his diatribe against BCB president AHM Mustafa Kamal in a newspaper interview.
All but Victoria sat in a meeting on Sunday and reportedly reached a consensus on boycotting the league, though Old DOHS and Gazi Tanks finally backtracked from their position.
DOHS coach Khaled Mahmud said they were present at the meeting and also signed a letter but as the team are sponsored by a corporate house (Prime Bank), they have decided not to entangle in club politics.
‘I was present at the meeting and we have signed a letter. But as we are a corporate team the decision made by the corporate house is binding for us,’ said Mahmud.
‘We surely express our unity with them but we will go to the field. Our sponsor organisation does not want to risk the team of being relegated,’ he said.
Rakib Haider, the coordinator of Gazi Tanks, also echoed the same sentiment as Mahmud while explaining their position regarding the issue.
‘We never said that we want to boycott the league. We were present at the meeting but that does not necessarily mean we would boycott play,’ he said.
‘We are surely disappointed with the whole matter and want that everything should come to light regarding Yusuf. We also do not understand for whose benefit the foreign players’ quota has been increased,’ added Rakib.
Jamal, who were out of the scene for the last few days and had been only a keen observer, all of a sudden sided with Abahani and Mohammedan.
The club’s cricket manager Dewan Shafiqur Rahman said they would refrain from going to the field as the club have full sympathy for the demand of the duo.
‘We won’t go to the field and until the demand made by us and the other clubs is met by the BCB we won’t play the league,’ said Shafiqur.
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