The Group Stage Of BPL Gets Intense In Race For Top Two

Bangladesh Premier League

Bpl playoffs 2023: Just like the Indian Premier League, Bangladesh has its own short-format cricket tournament. The name is Bangladesh Premier League. With a double round-robin and playoffs format, it is at their ninth season currently going on. Moreover, another name for it is Ispahani BPL 2023.

There is quite a tough competition going on between all seven teams to be in the top two during the group stage. Moreover, as per the format they are following, the top four teams after the end of the group stage will enter the Bpl playoffs 2023. There are three playoffs that will take place. Two will be played on 12 February 2023 and the third on 14th February.

Current situation of all teams

Before the Bpl playoffs 2023, let us understand the ranking of all teams at the current point of time.

Rangpur Riders are the team who did show exceptional performance in the last five matches. From the very beginning of the league, the team seems to end in the bottom four. During the first five matches, they did lose three of them. However, with a surprising five out of wins in later matches, the team is expressing itself to be a strong contender for the title.

Sylhet Strikers is top on the list with 16 points. Though they have already been into eleven matches with just three losses. However, the other 3 teams in the top four, Fortune Barishal, Comilla Victorians, and Rangpur Riders, have played 10 matches each so far. Thus, the list will definitely change. All three of those have fourteen points and two more matches to play. Whereas, Sylhet Strikers have just one match left. Which they will play against Khulna Tigers. Therefore, the teams entering the Bpl playoffs 2023 are yet to decide.

Why finish in the top two?

As the top four teams by the end of the group stage will enter the playoffs. However, you might be wondering why teams want to finish in the top two before entering the Bpl playoffs 2023. Well, there is a pertinent reason behind it. The thing is, those two teams who are going to top the table of points after the group stage, will have two chances to enter the finals. It will not matter if they lose the first qualifier. They will still be left with one more chance.

However, the teams in the third and fourth positions will play in the elimination round. Therefore, whoever loses that match will directly be out of the tournament. Thus, being in the top two is a must for all the teams.

Key roles of Pakistani players in BPL 2023

There is a call from the Pakistan Cricket Board asking the Pakistani players to return to their country for the Pakistan Super league. The board did tell them to return between 4-5 February. On the other hand, when those four teams want to put all in to enter the Bpl playoffs 2023 by being in the top two. They need those Pakistani players the most.

In fact, few of the Pakistani players have already taken flights back to Pakistan. However, the top four teams have been trying their best to keep the players with them till the end.

Evidently, Khushdil Shah is back to play for Comilla Victorians against Fortune Barishal. In fact, Mohammad Rizwan is back to them too.

The effect of Pakistani players going back can be seen in the match of Sylhet versus Rangpur Riders. As Mashrafe Bin Mortaza was not playing with Sylhet due to an injury. Mohammad Amir and Imad Wasim were missing too. Therefore, even after scoring 170 runs, they lost. However, there is good news for them. Both Imad Wasim and Mohammad Amir are returning back for the next match. But, they will not be part of Bpl playoffs 2023. Thus the team will opt for George Fredrick Linde from South Africa and Ishuru Udana from Sri Lanka. Ishuru is a pace bowler and George is a left-arm spin bowler. Though the level of experience is definitely the issue, but still those are the only visible options.

Lastly…

It is obvious now why all of the teams are in a tight battle to achieve the number one and number two spots in group stages. The match between Comilla Victorians and Fortune Barishal coming up, is definitely the most fun to watch.

Therefore, just have fun. The tournament is about to end but the level of entertainment is still enhancing. Have fun. And, do not miss anything.

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