The 2nd phase of the 13-team prestigious Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football begins Friday at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here amid Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown in the country.
The Covid-19 outbreak in the country forced the BFF to cancel the last years BPL Football after only six rounds and this time the BFF are adamant to complete the league.
Due to ongoing countrywide lockdown, all the ensuing BPL matches will be held at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here instead of four venues, till May 5.
Three matches of the 2nd phase 14th round will be held every day at 4 pm, 7 pm and 9 pm respectively.
League leader Bashundhara Kings will play Uttar Baridhara Club in the opening 2nd phase match at 4 pm on Friday.
Six times champions Dhaka Abahani Ltd will face Bangladesh Police FC at 7 pm while Sheikh Russel KC will encounter Brothers Union Club at 9 pm in two other opening day's fixture.
On the following day (Saturday), Mohammedan SC will play Arambagh KS at 4 pm, Saif Sporting Club will face Rahmatganj MFS at 7 pm while Sheikh Jamal DC will encounter Chittagong Abahani Ltd at 9 pm.
Earlier, the first phase of the BPL Football concluded on March 7 with the absolute supremacy of star studded and Federation Cup champions Bashundhara Kings, also a former BPL champions.
Kings poised for their 2nd league title as they comfortably dominated the ongoing league with unbeaten record securing 34 points from 12 matches, eight points ahead of their nearest rivals
Three times champions Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club and six times champions Dhaka Abahani Ltd followed the leader distantly with 26 and 25 points respectively, also playing 12 matches each.
Two mediocre teams--Arambagh KS and Brothers Union Club--are struggling to avoid relegation with only one and five points respectively, playing 12 matches each, reports UNB.
After the first phase matches, Gambian forward of Sheikh Jamal Omar Jobe and Brazilian forward of Bashundhara Kings dominated the scorer list scoring 12 goals each.
Standings of the BPL Football after the first phase matches concluded on March 7.