Bangladesh Premier League 2019-2020 is all set to get underway and the BPL 2019 schedule has already been released. The competition has long been appreciated as the top-level T20 cricket tournament in the country. Even though this year’s tournament was scheduled to start on December 6, but it was delayed a little and now it will start on the 11th of December, 2019. It will be more than one month of exciting cricket as the tournament will end on 17th of January, 2020.
BPL 2019 Schedule
The Bangladesh Premier League 7 opening ceremony is on December 8, 2019 and it will be a star-studded event that will attract interest from all parts of the word. BPL opening ceremony has always been a special event and both local and international stars make an outing at the event.
|11th December 2019||Chattogram Challengers vs Sylhet Thunders||DHK||12:30 PM|
|11th December 2019||Cumilla Warriors vs Rangpur Rangers||DHK||5:20 PM|
|12th December 2019||Dhaka Platoon vs Rajshahi Royals||DHK||12:30 PM|
|12th December 2019||Khulna Tigers vs Chattogram Challengers||DHK||5:20 PM|
|13th December 2019||Sylhet Thunders vs Rajshahi Royals||DHK||2:00 PM|
|13th December 2019||Dhaka Platoon vs Cumilla Warriors||DHK||7:00 PM|
|14th December 2019||Rangpur Rangers vs Chattogram Challengers||DHK||12:30 PM|
|14th December 2019||Dhaka Platoon vs Sylhet Thunders||DHK||5:20 PM|
|17th December 2019||Khulna Tigers vs Rajshahi Royals||CTG||12:30 PM|
|17th Decmeber 2019||Chattogram Challengers vs Sylhet Thunders||CTG||5:20 PM|
|18th December 2019||Cumilla Warriors vs Rangpur Rangers||CTG||12:30 PM|
|18th December 2019||Chattogram Challengers vs Dhaka Platoon||CTG||5:20 PM|
|20th December 2019||Khulna Tigers vs Rangpur Rangers||CTG||2:00 PM|
|20th December 2019||Chattogram Challengers vs Cumilla Warriors||CTG||7:00 PM|
|21st December 2019||Khulna Tigers vs Sylhet Thunders||CTG||12:30 PM|
|21st December 2019||Chattogram Challengers vs Rangpur Rangers||CTG||5:20 PM|
|23rd December 2019||Dhaka Platoon vs Cumilla Warriors||CTG||12:30 PM|
|23rd December 2019||Khulna Tigers vs Rajshahi Royals||CTG||5:20 PM|
|24th December 2019||Dhaka Platoon vs Sylhet Thunders||CTG||12:30 PM|
|24th December 2019||Cumilla Warriors vs Rajshahi Royals||CTG||5:20 PM|
|27th December 2019||Chattogram Challengers vs Dhaka Platoon||DHK||2:00 PM|
|27th December 2019||Khulna Tigers vs Rangpur Rangers||DHK||7:00 PM|
|28th December 2019||Cumilla Warriors vs Rajshahi Royals||DHK||12:30 PM|
|28th December 2019||Khulna Tigers vs Sylhet Thunders||DHK||5:20 PM|
|30th December 2019||Sylhet Thunders vs Rangpur Rangers||DHK||12:30 PM|
|30th December 2019||Dhaka Platoon vs Rajshahi Royals||DHK||5:20 PM|
|31st December 2019||Chattogram Challengers vs Cumilla Warriors||DHK||12:30 PM|
|31st December 2019||Rangpur Rangers vs Rajshahi Royals||DHK||5:20 PM|
|2nd January 2020||Rangpur Rangers vs Rajshahi Royals||SYL||12:30 PM|
|2nd January 2020||Sylhet Thunders vs Cumilla Warriors||SYL||5:20 PM|
|3rd January 2020||Dhaka Platoon vs Khulna Tigers||SYL||2:00 PM|
|3rd January 2020||Sylhet Thunders vs Rangpur Rangers||SYL||7:00 PM|
|4th January 2020||Chattogram Challengers vs Khulna Tigers||SYL||12:30 PM|
|4th January 2020||Sylhet Thunders vs Rajshahi Royals||SYL||5:20 PM|
|7th January 2020||Sylhet Thunders vs Cumilla Warriors||DHK||12:30 PM|
|7th January 2020||Chattogram Challengers vs Rajshahi Royals||DHK||5:20 PM|
|8th January 2020||Khulna Tigers vs Cumilla Warriors||DHK||12:30 PM|
|8th January 2020||Dhaka Platoon vs Rangpur Rangers||DHK||5:20 PM|
|10th January 2020||Dhaka Platoon vs Rangpur Rangers||DHK||2:00 PM|
|10th January 2020||Khulna Tigers vs Cumilla Warriors||DHK||7:00 PM|
|11th January 2020||Chattogram Challengers vs Rajshahi Royals||DHK||12:30 PM|
|11th January 2020||Khulna Tigers vs Dhaka Platoon||DHK||5:20 PM|
|13th January 2020||Eliminator (3rd Position vs 4th Position)||DHK||12:30 PM|
|13th January 2020||1st Qualifier (1st Position vs 2nd Position)||DHK||5;20 PM|
|15th January 2020||2nd Qualifier (Loser of 44 vs Winner of 43)||DHK||5:20 PM|
|17th January 2020||Final – Winner of 44 vs Winner of 45||DHK||7:00 PM|
As far as the tournament schedule is concerned, the tournament is set to begin on 11th December after the initial delay. It will last for more than a month before it ends on 17th January, 2020.
The League Stage
The opening match of the tournament will be played on 11th December between Chattogram Challengers and Sylhet Thunder and it will mark the start of first phase of the league stage that will be in Dhaka. This first leg of the league stage will end on 14th December with the game between Dhaka Platoon and Sylhet Thunder.
The Phase 2 of the league matches will begin on 17th December, 2019 with the game between Khulna Tigers and Rajshahi Royals. This second phase will be played in Chittagong until 24th of December, 2019. The last game of the second phase will be played between Cumilla Warriors and Rajshahi Royals.
In the third Phase, the league matches will return to Dhaka where the first game will be played on 27th of December between Chattogram Challengers and Dhaka Platoon. This phase will last till 31st of December only as the last match in this phase will be played between Rangpur Rangers and Rajshahi Royals.
In the fourth phase of the league stage, a total of 6 matches will be played at Sylhet and it will start with the game between Rangpur Rangers and Rajshahi Royals on 2nd January, 2020. This phase will end on 4th of January with the home side Sylhet Thunder taking on Rajshahi Royals.
The last leg of the league matches will be played in Dhaka again with the matches starting on 7th of January and ending on 11th of January 2020. Here, the first match will be played between Sylhet Thunder and Cumilla Warriors while the last game of the league stage is scheduled between Khulna Tigers and Dhaka Platoon.
The playoffs will be played between 13th of January, 2020 and 15th of January, 2020. The eliminator and the first qualifier are both scheduled on January the 13th. The winner of the eliminator will go into the second qualifier on 15th of January while the loser be knocked out.
The first qualifier will be played on the same day as the eliminator between the sides ranked 1st and 2nd on the points table. The winner of this game will go straight into the Final while the loser will still have a second chance as they will play the second qualifier against the winner of the eliminator. The winner of the second qualifier will make it to the final of the tournament on 17th of January, 2020 at Dhaka.
The New Teams Controversy
Earlier, it was announced that the Chittagong Vikings won’t be playing the upcoming edition of the Bangladesh Premier League as their ownership was sold. A couple of new teams will now come in as their replacement. So, it was decided that this edition will be played between 8 teams in total and the contracts of all the pre-signed players will be cancelled until the draft. Later on, however, the idea went down the drain and the management decided that the same 7 teams structure will follow with Chittagong Vikings to be renamed as Chattogram Challengers. The change in format from the BCB paved way for their reinstatement.
The BPL 2019 is set to start on December 11 and it’s going to be a wonderful event of cricket for sure. Stay tuned for the first game between Sylhet Thunder and Chattogram Challengers that kicks off at 13:20 on the day.