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Move to save relegation zone clubs
31 May, 2007
The Premier Cricket League looks set to be a 14-team competition next year after the organisers favoured not to hold the relegation league.
The board meeting on Saturday will decide the fate of Brothers Union, City Club and Indira Road but it is most likely that there would be no relegation league as the dry season in Bangladesh is virtually over.
In fact, the dubious move is to save the three teams from going down, all having ties with high officials of the board and its committees.
None of the three clubs are willing to risk relegation as the matches held now could be hampered by seasonal rain but the Super League, held after nearly three months of the first round of the Premiership, was held almost without any trouble. Only one match -- Abahani v Old DOHS -- was rained off.
It would have been wise for the Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM) to run the relegation league during that time as they had adequate grounds.
All other relegations and promotions in first, second and third divisions will, however, take place.