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AGC
March 13, 2010, 11:03 PM
Guys - I will be attending most games at the PCL tournament in Sharjah and will also get to meet a lot of the players as my cousin owns a team.

I will have internet access so let me know if you need any info regarding the tournament while I'm there.

amar11432
March 13, 2010, 11:06 PM
I got one, Is owning a team actually profitable? or just a way for corporations to familiarize themselves to consumers?

AGC
March 13, 2010, 11:07 PM
Good question - never actually asked this.

I will find out more details about how it all works.

amar11432
March 13, 2010, 11:10 PM
Good question - never actually asked this.

I will find out more details about how it all works.

Much obliged another question, How many teams are PCL planning to add (in the future)?

al-Sagar
March 13, 2010, 11:57 PM
so can u give us detailed fixture and squad list ???

AGC
March 29, 2010, 05:41 PM
Some pictures from days 1 and 2:
http://www.facebook.com/editphoto.ph...23796&upload=1 (http://www.facebook.com/editphoto.php?aid=156953#!/album.php?aid=156953&id=500023796&upload=1)

AsifTheManRahman
March 29, 2010, 07:37 PM
Can you get me a scorecard?

ialbd
March 29, 2010, 08:17 PM
I got one, Is owning a team actually profitable? or just a way for corporations to familiarize themselves to consumers?

yea really want to know this. Just trying to figure out where our cricket is at.....

fais
March 29, 2010, 08:53 PM
Some pictures from days 1 and 2:
http://www.facebook.com/editphoto.ph...23796&upload=1 (http://www.facebook.com/editphoto.php?aid=156953#!/album.php?aid=156953&id=500023796&upload=1)
lucky guy!

uss01
March 29, 2010, 09:20 PM
Thanks. And please find out how the owners get revenue. Do they get a cut of ticket sales? Or a cut of TV rights? I'm asking because this could be good information to emulate for the NCL T 20 and hopefully the NCL 4 day competition as well, for those potential investors who are browsing Banglacricket.com (not me though).


Good question - never actually asked this.

I will find out more details about how it all works.

Ajfar
March 29, 2010, 09:58 PM
its all about bragging rights ar kisu nah. rastai rastai hatbe ar golpo korbe aieta amar team. er chaite aro boro profit thakte pare.

czone
March 29, 2010, 10:29 PM
its all about bragging rights ar kisu nah. rastai rastai hatbe ar golpo korbe aieta amar team. er chaite aro boro profit thakte pare.
True but think of it, atleast they are sponsoring our cricket and without this money where would Bangladesh cricket be now?? Every player we produced so far in our country came to limelight, was able to exhibit their talent is through playing Dhaka league cricket.

Ajfar
March 29, 2010, 11:48 PM
^^ ya i'm not complaining, i'm just saying this isn't like investment for them.

AGC
March 30, 2010, 03:31 AM
Well I wouldn't call it "bragging rights" but yes, this isn't a financial investment. It's all for fun and the team owners don't get any revenue. It's great exposure for the companies they own and also great fun as they all either played cricket in the past or are true fans of the sport.

AGC
March 31, 2010, 03:58 PM
Pics from today:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=157456&id=500023796

Last match:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=157456&id=500023796#!/album.php?aid=156953&id=500023796

Tigers_eye
March 31, 2010, 04:20 PM
The questions I had and your experience, you can combine them and right an article. I am sure it will be at the front page of BC.

Kana-Baba
March 31, 2010, 09:21 PM
good job... keep up the good job and continue to give us pics...

M.H.Rubel
April 1, 2010, 12:45 AM
Guys - I will be attending most games at the PCL tournament in Sharjah and will also get to meet a lot of the players as my cousin owns a team.

I will have internet access so let me know if you need any info regarding the tournament while I'm there.

If possible please tell tournament committee to take some action against ATN for such a poor broadcasting.This type of broadcasting will decrease popularity of cricket in Bangladesh.
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zainab
April 1, 2010, 05:45 AM
I guess the sole purpose of broadcasting these matches by ATN is to make money. Too many ads, except for the third match of the day. I watched the second half of the last match yesterday whilst Sakib;s team was batting and there were not too many interruptions.
It is very tedious to watch the first and second matches which is laced with Ads every ball, so never watch them.

AGC
April 1, 2010, 05:30 PM
Pics from third game:
http://www.facebook.com/editphoto.php?aid=157707#!/album.php?aid=157707&id=500023796&upload=1

Pics from yesterday:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...6&id=500023796 (http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=157456&id=500023796)

Monday:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...3&id=500023796 (http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=157456&id=500023796#!/album.php?aid=156953&id=500023796)

Yameen
April 1, 2010, 05:38 PM
why is it not being played in Bangladesh? Why Sharjah? The crowd turnout seems to be pretty poor, I am sure more exposure of the companies would have been gained if it had been held in Bangladesh plus increased revenue

AGC
April 1, 2010, 05:44 PM
Grounds were not available for the tournament. Apparently BCB need time to renovate them for the world cup. The tournament being held in Sharjah isn't good for anyone. Was a huge hassle organising it.

AGC
April 5, 2010, 11:51 AM
Semi-final: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=156953&id=500023796&saved#!/album.php?aid=158618&id=500023796&ref=mf
Group stage: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=156953&id=500023796&saved#!/album.php?aid=156953&id=500023796

riankhan
April 5, 2010, 02:13 PM
Semi-final: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=156953&id=500023796&saved#!/album.php?aid=158618&id=500023796&ref=mf
Group stage: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=156953&id=500023796&saved#!/album.php?aid=156953&id=500023796

Man....No pic of those Russian Cheer girls!!:hairpull::hairpull:
But thanks....:-p

BANFAN
April 5, 2010, 05:26 PM
This tournament shall be remembered as one of the worst organized tournaments of modern day cricket. I can list 101 reasons, but some of the main issues were:

1. Half of the teams & most of the organizers didnt reach Sharjah on the opening day.
2. Ultimately the tournament had to be umpired by Paki umpires as ours didnt get visa till the end.
3. There was no publicity of the event in UAE, word of mouth and Bangladesh news papers were the only way for people to know that there is a tournament.
4. No communication & coverage with local media, even on the final day the local channels didnt cover it in their sports news.
5. Tournament started and the opening ceremony was held after that.
6. Due to shortage of time, there were three matches every day, matches went upto almost 2 am local time.
7. Even if you passed through the stadium side, there was no sign of such a tournament, no banner, no poster.. as if a hidden tournament was taking place.
8. Poor attendance, and the people atended were mostly on free passes, every official had a quota of 2/3 vip passes, so they distributed it probably even more, every person I met who watched a match, was on free pass.
9. It was just an invissible tournament in Sharjah, as if some thieves were behind it and was scared to publicize the issue.
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I happened to be in UAE, during the tournament, except for a Bangla food restaurant, who got the food contract in stadium, it was hard to know what's happening in Sharjah. This tournament has failed to achieve anything IMO, neither it could earn money nor could drive the Mass young Bangladeshis of UAE to the stadium and inspire them to play cricket. The organizing abilities and local communication is a huge failure, What's the purpose of such tournaments, which only lowers your nation !! Could have been better in Bangladesh, atleast it could inspire some kids to pick up bat and ball.

al-Sagar
April 5, 2010, 09:36 PM
This tournament shall be remembered as one of the worst organized tournaments of modern day cricket. I can list 101 reasons, but some of the main issues were:

1. Half of the teams & most of the organizers didnt reach Sharjah on the opening day.
2. Ultimately the tournament had to be umpired by Paki umpires as ours didnt get visa till the end.
3. There was no publicity of the event in UAE, word of mouth and Bangladesh news papers were the only way for people to know that there is a tournament.
4. No communication & coverage with local media, even on the final day the local channels didnt cover it in their sports news.
5. Tournament started and the opening ceremony was held after that.
6. Due to shortage of time, there were three matches every day, matches went upto almost 2 am local time.
7. Even if you passed through the stadium side, there was no sign of such a tournament, no banner, no poster.. as if a hidden tournament was taking place.
8. Poor attendance, and the people atended were mostly on free passes, every official had a quota of 2/3 vip passes, so they distributed it probably even more, every person I met who watched a match, was on free pass.
9. It was just an invissible tournament in Sharjah, as if some thieves were behind it and was scared to publicize the issue.
.................
.................

I happened to be in UAE, during the tournament, except for a Bangla food restaurant, who got the food contract in stadium, it was hard to know what's happening in Sharjah. This tournament has failed to achieve anything IMO, neither it could earn money nor could drive the Mass young Bangladeshis of UAE to the stadium and inspire them to play cricket. The organizing abilities and local communication is a huge failure, What's the purpose of such tournaments, which only lowers your nation !! Could have been better in Bangladesh, atleast it could inspire some kids to pick up bat and ball.

also in the 2nd day of the tournament one team only had 8 BD players and to complete 11 they had to play 3 pak players where only two allowed. the opposition left the field and finally they came to play after 20 mins when organizers said that one of the 3 pak players can only bat and not bowl. later the team with 3 pak players lost and they said, the match should be replayed as their is no rule that in a 11 a player can only bat and not bowl. the organizers then somehow managed to manage the whole scenario.

i think at this momemnt of time this PCL kind of private tournaments are waste of time. bcb are now starting franchise based tournamanets. this pcl group better use their money in this franchises. or they better use this money for setting up cricket academies or sponsoring the NCl tournaments or developmenet of fields and grounds

AGC
April 6, 2010, 04:31 AM
Ok - probably not the best thing to respond from work but I'll keep it brief.

As usual (myself included), it’s very easy for us to criticise without acknowledging the positives from the event. Yes it was extremely frustrating to see the last minute problems especially for the team owners and management. 1 team in particular were 3 bowlers short due to visa complications and had to find replacement players the day before the first match. 1 player landed at 11:00 and had to play at 18:45. If anyone should complain, it’s the team owners who spent a ton of money to be let down by poor planning by the organising committee. You have to remember this is not an investment.

Something we need to realise is that this tournament was never going to be a well organised international sporting event. Everyone wanted to have the event in Chittagong again but it wasn’t possible and the organisers thought it would be a good idea to try and have the event abroad. The ultimate aim of the tournament is for some local business people to fulfil a dream of taking part in a cricket tournament with the best players in Bangladesh and some international ones (and to promote their businesses). These guys are true fans of the sport and most of them played a lot of cricket in the past and continue to do so. This should be seen as a private event where all the owners and management actually had a great time. They are all used to the last minute problems as they face similar issues in their businesses/jobs. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com<img src=" /><o:p></o:p>

I think it’s great that people who have the means to participate in such events are doing so as our domestic cricket clearly needs more investment. <o:p></o:p>

Yes the organising committee was fairly poor and things could have been much better but you have to understand that this committee has no experience in organising sporting events in foreign countries. The backing from BCB was extremely poor and the inexperience of organising sporting events clearly showed. Hopefully they will learn from their mistakes and will think twice before organising another event abroad. <o:p></o:p>

Now to the positives – all in all, it was a fun tournament. For the people who were there, it was exciting. I spoke to a lot of locals (construction workers, taxi drivers etc.) and they were all very happy and grateful to see a BD event in the UAE. Even Pakistani taxi drivers were praising the event and seemed to know about it. Turnout at the semi-finals and final was very good and the atmosphere at the ground was amazing.<o:p></o:p>

The ground was nicely prepared with mostly BD adverts and they even set up a PCL gate at the entrance of the stadium. BD flags were also clearly visible from the roads outside the ground. <o:p></o:p>

The players also enjoyed the event. It was a nice warm-up for other T20 events and also a wake up call for many of the players as they realised how unprepared they are for the world cup. The selectors also had the opportunity to see that many of our usual players just aren’t right for the T20 format. <o:p></o:p>

It was also a great opportunity to identify new T20 talent as many players consistently performed throughout the tournament who never played for the national team.<o:p></o:p>

I won’t go as far as saying it was perfectly organised but for the challenges of organising such an event abroad and the lack of experience, I think they did a pretty good job. Would you guys prefer not to have a tournament at all or to have one which is clearly great experience for the players and the organisers? I am sure next year will be much better which is probably going to be in Sylhet based on the latest comments by the organising committee. Chittagong grounds are not available due to the world cup. <o:p></o:p>

I really enjoyed it and hope that everyone learns from their mistakes and the event keeps getting better. <o:p></o:p>

riankhan
April 6, 2010, 05:43 AM
Ok - probably not the best thing to respond from work but I'll keep it brief.
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I really enjoyed it and hope that everyone learns from their mistakes and the event keeps getting better. <o:p></o:p>

Good observation and nice read....thumbs up!

M.H.Rubel
April 6, 2010, 07:31 AM
AGC it was nice to read your nice observation and hard work.
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Ajfar
April 6, 2010, 03:28 PM
AGC bhai nice write up. Even though ATN did a really crappy job, we should thank them for at least showing it. If it wasn't for them maybe most of us probably wouldn't have gotten the chance to see Tamim blast 4 sixes in a row. I hope they continue to show domestic matches, and hopefully in the near future they will improve.

Equinox
April 6, 2010, 04:29 PM
Thanks for all the updates/inside info you provided us throughout the tournament AGC. Really appreciate it.

Eshen
April 6, 2010, 05:17 PM
PCL organizers have done a much better job comparing to what BCB is currently doing (they basically have handed the NCL T20 over to ATN).

Zobair
April 6, 2010, 06:10 PM
Thanks AGC. If nothing else, as you said, this tournament exposed our shortcomings - whether it be that of organizers, broadcasters, players in the T20 format etc. Will we improve next time around? In the past we have had a frustratingly slow learning curve.

bujhee kom
April 6, 2010, 09:16 PM
Thank you dear AGC bhai for all the updates and close encounter experience! We got some real invaluable insight to this arrangement and close look at the players because of you. I much appreciate it bhaiya!

AGC
April 7, 2010, 10:15 AM
No problem. Let me know if you want to know anything else about the tournament or the players.

meazz1
April 7, 2010, 11:24 AM
Great thread.
Lots of pics. I enjoyed reading your observation.
For some of us, we see the glass half empty.
In your case, you see it half full.

Thanks for the pics.

Nocturnal
April 7, 2010, 02:19 PM
Thank you for sharing with us AGC bro.

Eshen
April 7, 2010, 02:25 PM
No problem. Let me know if you want to know anything else about the tournament or the players.
Anyway to get full scorecards?