The Bangladesh Premier League is a T20 tournament held domestically in Bangladesh and in 2018 there will be seven teams representing seven different cities in the country taking part in the tournament. Get all the information for this season of the tournament including BPL schedule, squads, tickets, live streaming and TV options, predictions among others.
When will the Bangladesh Premier League be played this season?
The tournament is expected to be played in the months of October and November. Since there are more than 45 matches expected to be played, the Bangladesh Premier League will begin from October 1 and go all the way up to November 16. The exact Bangladesh Premier League schedule will be released soon by the Bangladesh Cricket Board soon enough. There have been rumours it could be postponed to early next year because of the Bangladeshi elections but so far there has been nothing on that front.
Which teams will take part in BPL 2018?
The seven teams that participated in the previous season were Comilla Victorians, Dhaka Dynamites, Khulna Titans, Rangpur Riders, Sylhet Sixers, Rajshahi Kings and Chittagong Vikings. The same teams are expected to feature in the next edition of the tournament as well. The Riders will start off as the defending champions after they won the title by beating Dhaka in the final last year.
Teams play on a home and away basis and the top four sides make it to the playoffs. However, matches are not exactly played at home and away, and are distributed among a set, pre-decided venues. Last season, for instance, the league was played at three venues, Chittagong, Dhaka and Sylhet. A total of 42 games will be played during the league stage of the tournament with each side playing 12 of them. The top four will then be involved in a playoffs where the top two sides will get two chances to make it to the final.
How can one watch the Bangladesh Premier League live?
There are various options to be able to do that in various countries. In Bangladesh, it’s the Gazi TV which is the host broadcaster and the matches can be watched live on Maasranga as well. The other countries include India, where it is live on DSport, Lemar TV in Afghanistan, Flow TV in the Caribbean, Geo Super in Pakistan, Star Times in South Africa and the rest of Africa, Free Sports in the UK, Willow.tv in USA and Canada and Cricingif online for Middle East and North Africa.
How are the players selected in the Bangladesh Premier League squads?
The squads are made up on domestic and overseas players. A Draft is held each year for the selection after a few players are retained by both teams. Four overseas players will make it to the playing XI during the tournament. The BPL team squads will be announced at the end of this draft.