The professional football league committee of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) today decided to resume the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and Bangladesh Championship League (BCL) on July 14, the last day of the two-week country-wide strict lockdown enforced to contain coronavirus spread.
Sheikh Russel KC and Muktijoddha Sangsad are expected to face-off in the opening match after a long 12-day suspension following the government instructions to not hold the leagues amid the lockdown.
However, the BFF stated that the heavy rain that made the ground unplayable was the primary reason behind the postponement of the professional leagues at both tiers, after having conducted a BPL match on the first day of the lockdown on July 1.
“At the meeting, we decided to resume the leagues from the afternoon of July 14 with BPL starting at Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) while Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur is set to host BCL,” Abdus Salam Murshedy, BFF senior vice president , told the media today.
“As the BPL clubs refused to play on astro-turf in Kamalapur Stadium, we have arranged the Fortis ground to which all clubs agreed,” Murshedy said.
“We also decided to allow a three-day break for Eid-ul-Adha to complete the league quickly as we are on the verge of the renovation of BNS, the clubs’ engagement in the AFC Cup, and beginning the preparation of the new season as well as the national country international engagement. “
Murshedy informed further that due to the introduction of Fortis ground, rain will not prevent the league from continuing and also, their planning is flexible in case lockdown is extended.