Former India National Cricket Team captain and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president, Sourav Ganguly, has refused to draw parallels between the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
Ganguly said that the Indian Premier League is a “different brand” and the financial condition of the marquee T20 league has gone to a “different level”.
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The 50-year-old also labelled the Indian Premier League as the “second-best sports league” in the world and said that it is not fair to make any comparisons between the Indian Premier League and the Bangladesh Premier League.
“See, IPL is a different brand. The player availability in the IPL and its financial condition have gone to a different level altogether. It’s the second-best sports league in the world. I don’t want to draw comparisons between the BPL and the IPL. The BPL is also a good league,” Ganguly was quoted as saying to BDcrictime.
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I will always pray for Bangladesh cricket to grow – Sourav Ganguly
Ganguly added that he had a chat with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan Papon on how to improve the standards of the Bangladesh Premier League. He also hailed Bangladesh National Cricket Team for making significant improvements over the years.
“I have talked to Papon bhai regarding how to improve the BPL. There is so much passion in the people of Bangladesh and it’s a blessing that stands remain filled. I will always pray for Bangladesh cricket to grow,” he stated.
“There is a system in Bangladesh. Their cricket has grown over the last 20 years. They have defeated a team like India, twice at home, something which didn’t happen earlier. There is a lot of merit and their cricket is in the right direction,” Ganguly added.
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