Bhatkal Premier League to kickstart in January 2020 in UAE

Source: S.O. News Service | By Sajjad Qazi | Published on 5th November 2019, 2:30 PM | Gulf News | Sports News | Don't Miss |

UAE: The much awaited cricket vaganza for Bhatkal residents and cricket players in UAE, Bhatkal Premier League’s ninth edition is scheduled to begin on January 10, 2020. The tournament which will be participated by eight teams will be played at Eden Gardens Ground in Ajman.

Into its ninth edition, BPL will host 15 matches in Ajman over four weekends starting January 10, 2020. The registration of teams will reportedly begin from November 1, 2019 with the four semi-finalist teams getting automatic entry to the tournament subject to their confirmation. The other four spots for participation will be up for grabs on first come first served basis.

Meanwhile the player registration process will be held from November 7 to 21 through an online process. Players will be asked to log on to to register themselves for the tournament. Post registration process, players' auction ceremony will be organised on November 29, at the Rolex Twin Towers where the registered players will go under the hammer and will be picked by the participating teams.

Much like previous editions the participating teams will have one Guest/Icon player worth 75 points, while the teams will also be allowed to pick one visit visa player from the auction. The teams will also enjoy the Right to Match (RTM) option in the auction.

Similarly, the format of the tournament will also remain same as the previous editions with the eight teams divided into two groups. All the eight teams will play three matches each, one match each with the other teams of their respective groups. After the group stages, the top 2 ranked teams of each of the two groups will advance for semifinals of the tournament.

The bid for title sponsorship for the ninth season of the tournament was earlier won by AUZ Group of Companies. 

BPL, a household name for the Bhatkal residents employed and staying in Dubai has been providing platform for the youngsters of the community to take their time off from the routine daily life in the gulf and to enjoy themselves on the ground and the audience stands. The tournament has witnessed growing popularity with each passing season. It also serves as a platform for the families living in different parts and emirates of the country to come together and spend quality time.

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