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Rain forces BPL 2016 to restart on Nov 8

DHAKA: The fifth season of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL 20106) has been forced to restart from November 8 courtesy to unexpected and unwelcome rain that ruined the party.

Heavy rain in Mirpur washed out first four games have without a ball bowled. The matches from the new start date will take place according to the existing schedule, while four of the first six matches, earlier scheduled from November 4 to 6, will be played later in the tournament.

As per ESPNcricinfo report, Rangpur Riders and Khulna Titans have agreed to a rematch on November 8, but Comilla Victorians and Rajshahi Kings are still undecided, said BPL’s member secretary Ismail Haider Mallick.

BCB vice-president Mahbubul Anam however said that the board cannot legally reassign the November 4 matches unless all the participating teams are unanimous on the decision whether to replay the two games or not.

The announcement of starting the tournament was made later on Saturday evening, adding that both matches on Saturday – Chittagong Kings v Barisal Bulls, and Dhaka Dynamites v Comilla – had been postponed earlier in the day.

He said that the decision to restart the tournament from November 8 was decided in meeting on Saturday afternoon.

The meeting involved the BPL governing council and representatives from the seven franchises, while broadcasters and ticketing partners were also taken into account.

“We have a weather report which has a forecast for more rain for another two days,” Mallick said. “So far not a single ball has been bowled in the tournament due to the rain. We have decided to postpone the November 5 and 6 matches. We now want to hold our first match on November 8 as per the existing schedule. We will reschedule the November 5 and 6 matches in the rest days within our fixtures list.”

“We will try to reassign the five or six matches on November 10 and 14 and, if need be, we will hold three matches in a day. November 20 is also an option for the rescheduled matches.”

The story originally appeared in ESPNcricinfo