Bangladesh Premier League (BPL): Ingenious new rules

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has taken control of the (BPL). They have come up with revolutionary rules for their T20 tournament to help domestic players gain more experience and boost cricket at the grass root levels. 

The new rules

  • Every team must have an overseas fast bowler who can bowl consistently over a speed of 140 kmph.
  • Every team must include at least one leg-spinner in their line up.
  • The wrist spinners in the team have to complete their entire quota of 4 overs in the game.


The BCB has made these changes keeping in mind the growth of Bangladeshi players in the shortest format of the game. These changes will ensure that the budding local pace bowlers, who want to master the art can get advice from world-class bowlers, who can share their wisdom and experience. 

This will also ensure that the overseas players, who are well experienced can identify technical mistakes  of the young pacers and try to correct them.

 Most of the times, pacers who have the skill set and potential tend to struggle because these issues aren't noticed by the domestic coaches and colleagues. Especially in Bangladesh where the infrastructure and facilities for the sport are not as robust as they are in other countries. 

The rule to include at least one leg-spinner and by extension making it compulsory for the wrist spinners to finish their quota every game is also a bold move. 

Being a spinner is not easy. But just like wine, they get better with time. As easy as it is to pick wickets with variations and consistency, it is also very easy to get dominated by a batsman in form and whacked all over the ground. With spinners, the key is repetition. 

With this new rule, wrist spinners will get more timevand exposure and in turn will be confident enough to bowl positively. 

By bowling 24 balls each game, the domestic spinners will get more match practice and will be able to learn to adapt to the wicket and the batsmen faster. Carrying this forward, when they play T20s overseas, they will be more clinical, as they would adapt to conditions faster due to the experience of bowling more consistently. 

Foreign coaches, physios and trainer

Apart from the above-mentioned rules, the BCB has also directed all the teams to hire coaches, physiotherapists, and trainers from overseas. The BCB said that domestic coaches and trainers can only work as assistants or under them. 

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