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National Cricket League

The National Cricket League is the oldest domestic first class cricket competition in Bangladesh.

History and format

The National Cricket League was inaugurated in the 1999–2000 season but was not then first-class. Bangladesh became the tenth Full Member of the ICC in 2000 and the league became first-class in the 2000–01 season. Limited-overs and Twenty20 tournaments with the same name have also been played in the past.

Since 2011-12 there have been eight teams in the league, which usually runs from October to December. From 2011–12 to 2014–15 each team played each other team once over the course of the season. Beginning in 2015–16 there has been a two-tier league: Rangpur, Khulna, Dhaka Division and Dhaka Metropolis were in the first tier in 2015-16, and Rajshahi, Sylhet, Barisal and Chittagong in the second;[1] for the 2016-17 season Barisal were promoted to tier 1 and Rangpur demoted to tier 2;[2] for the 2017-18 season Rangpur returned to tier 1 and Dhaka Metropolis were demoted to tier 2; for the 2018-19 season Rajshahi were promoted to tier 1 for the first time, and Dhaka Division were demoted to tier 2 for the first time.[3]

The league is also known under its main sponsor's name. In 2015–16 it was officially the "Walton LED TV 17th National Cricket League". In October 2019 the Walton Group became the title sponsor of NCL for the next three years, and the league would be known officially as the "Walton NCL".[4][5]


TeamHome GroundParticipationTitles
Barisal DivisionBarisal Divisional Stadiumfrom 1999–20000
Biman Bangladesh AirlinesBangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan No 1 Ground2000–01 only1
Chittagong DivisionZohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadiumfrom 1999–20001
Dhaka DivisionKhan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadiumfrom 1999–20005
Dhaka MetropolisSher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium2000-01 and from 2011–120
Khulna DivisionSheikh Abu Naser Stadiumfrom 1999–20007
Rajshahi DivisionRajshahi Divisional Stadiumfrom 1999–20006
Rangpur DivisionRangpur Cricket Gardenfrom 2011–121
Sylhet DivisionSylhet International Cricket Stadiumfrom 1999–20000


Winners of the National Cricket League in each season are: [6]

National Cricket League One-Day winners

The National Cricket League one-day competition is no longer held. It has been superseded by the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League as Bangladesh's List A competition.

National Cricket League Twenty20 Winners

See also


  1. ^ "Last-gasp win gives Rangpur maiden title". Cricinfo. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  2. ^ "All eyes on Liton as Rangpur eye return to tier one". Cricinfo. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  3. ^ "National Cricket League Scorecard". Score Cricbuzz. Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Walton Group becomes the title sponsor of NCL". Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Bangladesh Cricket Board". BCB. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  6. ^ "A brief history of Bangladesh domestic cricket". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 April 2014.

External links

28 September 2019