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BPL is like a circus: Chandika Hathurusingha

Update : 25 Feb 2024, 17:50

Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha has slammed the Bangladesh Premier League, comparing it to a circus. The 2024 season of the BPL is currently underway with Rangpur Riders leading the points table.

Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Hathurusingha said Bangladesh does not have a proper T20 tournament, adding that he sometimes switches the TV off when watching BPL. The franchise tournament in Bangladesh has been around since 2012 but has failed to grow like the Indian Premier League and the Pakistan Super League. 

Hathurusingha said ''We [Bangladesh] don't have a proper T20 tournament. This sounds very odd. When I am watching the BPL, I sometimes turn off the TV. Some players are not even of the [required] class. I have a big issue with the current system.''

He went on to say that BPL is like a circus, insisting that he has lost interest in he tournament. Fortune Barishal, Chattogram Challengers, Rangpur Riders, and Comilla Victorians have qualified for the 2024 BPL playoffs, set to begin from February 26.

''The ICC need to step in. There has to be some regulations. A player is playing one tournament and then he is playing another tournament. It is like a circus. Players will talk about opportunities, but that's not right. People will lose interest. I have lost interest,'' Hathurusingha added.

Hathurusingha suggested having another tournament ahead of BPL to help players grow into the roles required by the national team. 37-year-old Imrul Kayes led Comilla Victorians to the BPL title last season. 

''We need to have a tournament where our players can do things like batting in the top three. Bangladesh bowlers bowling in the death. Where will we learn these things otherwise? We have only one tournament,'' said Hathurusingha. 

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