The Bangladesh Cricket Board said on Tuesday that it will introduce day-night first-class match in the forthcoming National Cricket League in line with the guideline of the International Cricket Council.
‘The opening game and the final match of National Cricket League will be a day-night affair and a pink ball will be used as per the rule of the ICC,’ BCB president AHM Mustafa Kamal told reporters at a news conference after an emergency meeting.
Kamal added that the forthcoming NCL, which is expected to begin on October 14, will be franchise-based, something which they have planned for years but could not implement.
‘We are not sure if we have a franchise for one or two teams but let’s begin it from somewhere,’ said Kamal.
The lone first-class tournament of the country began in 2000-01 and since then the respective divisions used to run their team.
It was also decided that each division will have a cricket operation manager who will look after their respective divisions.
‘We will select those managers but they have to be from those divisions,’ said Kamal.
‘He will look after and be a part of the team as well as provide us with the development chart in those respective divisions,’ he added.
In the meeting, the disciplinary matter related to batsman Shahriar Nafees‘conduct during the Bangladesh ‘A’ team’s recent tour of India has been referred to the BCB’s disciplinary committee and the committee has been asked to submit a report in 14 days.
Shahriar was sent back home from the middle of the Shafi Dharashah tournament after team management reported against him for behaving rudely during a match against the host side.
The performance of the Under-19 team in the ICC U-19 World Cup in Australia was also evaluated and it was decided that the two top performers of Bangladesh in the tournament would be rewarded with TK 2, 00,000 each.
The other members of the squad will get Tk one lakh each. The BCB also announced a cash incentive for the national players who won 3-0 against Ireland in a recent Twenty20 series. The detail of the incentives for Ireland series, however, was not provided.