The Bangladesh Premier League T20 tournament is guided by its Playing Conditions which has been formulated in line with the ICC T20i and standard T20 playing conditions of overseas franchisee leagues (i.e. IPL). The BPL 2017 Playing Conditions had been circulated to all franchises well ahead of the e tournament.
It has come to the attention of the BCB that certain reports in the media may have triggered confusion regarding the circumstances surrounding carrying the remainder of Sunday’s rain-interrupted 2nd Qualifier of the AKS BPL 2017 between Comilla Victorians and Rangpur Riders into Monday (11 December). It has also been suggested in some reports that the BPL 2017 playing condition lacked clarity and may have been taken advantage of. On this subject the BCB would like to point out:
· Clause 16.12 of the BPL 2017 Match Playing Conditions states in regards to Play-off matches –
If any of the Eliminator, Qualifier 1 or Qualifier 2 matches are tied, or there is *no result, the following shall apply:
a) the relevant teams shall compete in a Super Over to determine which team is the winner of the match in question; and
b) if conditions do not permit a Super Over within the time available to determine the winner or if the Super Over is tied, then the team which, at the end of the relevant regular Tournament, finished in the higher position in the League table will be deemed the winner of the relevant play-off match.
*As in BPL T20, BCB T20 & ICC T20i Playing Condition Clause 16.1.3 – Save for circumstances where a match is awarded to a team as a consequence of the opposing team’s refusal to play (clause 16.2), all matches in which both teams have not had an opportunity of batting for a minimum of 5 overs, shall be declared a No Result.
(It may be mentioned here that domestic T20 leagues like the IPL also has similar arrangements, as can be seen here, for Play-off matches)
As the match had effectively ended as a ‘no result’ contest after weather conditions did not improve sufficiently to allow a minimum of five overs in the second innings for constituting a match within the stipulated time even after using the extra time (30 minutes), therefore both teams were informed by the match officials to prepare for a Super Over.
Had Super Over not been possible, Comilla Victorians would have been declared winners for finishing in the higher position in the League table.
On the other hand, any objection to playing the Super Over would have been interpreted as ‘refusal to play’ as per the playing conditions and as a consequence the match would have been awarded to the opponent team.
However, management of both teams agreed to resume play on the following day in the greater interest of the tournament and in the spirit of the game. The BPL Technical Committee endorsed the consensus in consideration of the tournament’s stature and following.