Cricket has a huge fan following in Bangladesh. There has been a constant rise in the standards and fortunes of Bangladesh cricket since the 2011 World cup in which they upset formidable England and repeated the feat in the 2015 edition. The rise of superstars like Shakib Al Hassan, Tamim Iqbal, Mustafizur from the remote areas have proved there is wealth of talent in that small but very passionate cricketing nation. Some of their best players have played in IPL and Shakib is regarded as one of the leading all-rounders in the world across formats.
One of the biggest organisations in Bangladesh, the Akhtar group engaged in dealership business across the country has already finalised plans to start the Akhtar Premier league (APL). To start they are already in the process of selecting the best talent from amongst their 3000 employees. The final league will be organised by selecting players from the grassroots levels of each division of the country.
The APL is planned on a yearly run on a home and away basis and the group will be selecting the best performers in the league whom they feel have the talent to represent the country for scholarship programmes at various prestigious cricket academies.
Akhtar Group Managing Director KM Rifatuzzaman is the person behind this initiative which can make a big difference in Bangladesh cricket.
Through this initiative, the Akhtar group wants to raise the level of Bangladesh cricket but supporting the bright youngsters coming out of this league by providing the best coaching and training facilities.
Already international stars like Pakistan’s fast bowler Mohammad Amir, Zimbabwe’s Elton Chigumbura amongst many others have wished this league a great success.
Akhtar Group’s foray into Bangladesh cricket is nothing new as they had bought one of the leading BPL T20 teams, the Chittagong Challengers. The group as is evident from the above is ever willing to work for the development of Bangladesh cricket.