Barisal Bulls will not be taking part in the fifth edition of money spinning franchisee-based T20 tournament Bangladesh Premier League, BPL Governing Council Chairman Afzalur Rahman Sinha confirmed it to the media on Wednesday.
BPL-5 is all set to roll on the ground on November 2. Seven teams participated in the last edition and this year the total teams were eight after Surma Sixers Sylhet enrolled as the latest member of BPL.But Barisal’s omission from the tourney makes it seven-team based competition, just like the previous season.
After BPL Governing Body’s meeting in Dhaka Club, BPL Chairman said: “Barisal Bulls have been omitted from this year’s tournament due to their insufficient fund.”
He added: “To take part in the series every franchise have to pay a fixed amount of money. Barisal’s authority failed to meet their financial terms. As a result, they won’t be playing in this season.”
He also mentioned that if Barisal authorities are able to pay the required money in the next season, they might return to the league. But this year there is no chance of spectators to see Barisal’s players in action.
Barisal have participated in the previous all seasons of BPL. In the first two editions, they played under the name of Barisal Burners and later, their franchise renamed to Barisal Bulls.
"Since they have not met the financial terms and conditions, BPL Governing council in a meeting this evening decided not to include them in this year's BPL, said BCB Media Manager Rabid Imam to BSS over telephone on Wednesday.
In another development, BPL Governing Council Member Secretary Ismail Haider Mallick confirmed the news of Barisal Bull’s debarring for the upcoming season after BPL Governing Council meeting.
"We extended the deadline twice for them but they failed to meet the financial terms,” Mallick said.