GrameenPhone Corp. Cricket League 2005-06
The Corporate Cricket League (CCL) started in April of 2004 with 12 corporate
cricket sides vying for the inaugural title. Sponsored by mobile giants
Grameen Phone, the league featured the following (13) sides: GrameenPhone,
Bashundhara Group, Bangladesh Biman, AKTEL, CitiCell, Gazi Tank, M M Ispahani,
Beximco Group, BADC, ACME Laboratories, Araf Apparels, Partex Group, and
the BCB Development Squad.
The primary aim of the league was to give employement opportunities to
both the national and league cricketers. The secondary aim was to give
more exposure to the cricketers as well having a backup for the more prestigious
(and more competitive) Dhaka Premier League. BCB's chief executive Macky
Dudhia at the time claimed that the competition opened a new domestic
frontier and added, "We have introduced another competition in the
calendar which will ultimately benefit the players. It is an addition
that will secure their lives."
The first year format allowed the top three teams from each group to
qualify for the Cup Group and the bottom three teams for the Plate Group.
The BCB Development team only played in the first phase of the league.
A total of twenty players were allowed to be registered by each team in
the first CCL. The teams were allowed to hire/amploy players from both
the Dhaka Premier League and the First Division League. The teams were
also allowed to hire two foreign players per team.
Araf Apparels won the league title by
upsettng favorites Bashundhara Group by 5 wickets. Gazi Tank won the
Plate title by
defeating MM Ispahani by 4 wickets.
The second corporate league took place in October '04 was played under
the twenty/20 format. This was the first official twenty/20 match in Bangladesh.