Dhaka — Top Bangladeshi cricketers got their teams in the players’ draft ahead of Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
Dhaka Platoon picked Mashrafe Bin Mortaza while Khulna Tigers went for Musfiqur Rahim and Chattogram Challenger selected Mahmudullah Riyad.
The draft for BPL, beginning December 11, was held at a local hotel on Sunday evening.Mushfqiur, Mahmudullah, Mustafizur Rahman, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar were picked by various teams but ODI captain Mashrafe remained overlooked by all seven participating teams till the seventh round of players’ calling.
Mohammad Ashraful was ignored by the teams.Khulna Tigers got the first chance to call a player and they picked Mushfiqur. Right after him, Dhaka Platoons went for Tamim Iqbal. After that, Rajshahi Royals selected Liton and Chattogram Challengers called Mahmudullah in their set-up.
Rangpur Rangers, Comilla Warriors and Sylhet Thunders picked Mustafizur, Soumya and Mosaddek respectively.In the second call, Sylhet went for Mohammad Mithun, Comilla selected Al Amin Hossain, Rangpur roped in Mohammad Naim, Chattogram called Imrul Kayes, Rajshahi called Afif Hossain, Dhaka called Anamul Haque Bijoy and Khulna opted for Shafiul Islam.
This year’s BPL is rebranded as Bangabandhu BPL to honour the 100th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
There will be no franchise in this edition of BPL as the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said it will run every team this year. However, BCB appointed five teams sponsors who will get several facilities from the board.
A total of seven teams will participate in this year’s BPL. The league is scheduled to kick off on December 11. An opening ceremony will be held on December 6.
BPL teams after the draft:
Khulna Tigers: Mushfiqur Rahim, Shafiul Islam, Nazmul Islam Shanto, Aminul Islam Biplob, Shamsur Rahman, Saif Hassan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Shahidul Islam, Aliss Al Islam, Tanvir Islam, Rilee Rossouw, Robbie Frylink, Mohammad Aamir, Nazibullah Zadran and Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Dhaka Platoon: Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque Bijoy, Hasan Mahmud, Sheikh Mehedi Hasan, Ariful Haque, Mominul Haque, Shuvagata Hom, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Raqibul Hasan, Jaker Ali, Thisara Perera, Lorie Evans, Wahab Riaz, Asif Ali, Luis Rich and Shahid Afridi
Rajshahi Royals: Liton Das, Afif Hossain, Abu Jayed Rahi, Farhad Reza, Taijul Islam, Alok Kapali, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Irfan Sukkur, Minhajul Abedin Afridin, Nahidul Islam, Ravi Bopara, Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Newaz and Mohammad Irfan
Chattogram Challengers: Mahmudullah Riyad, Imrul Kayes, Nasir Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Enamul Haque Jr, Muktar Ali, Pinak Ghosh, Nasum Ahmed, Junaid Siddique, Chris Gayle, Kesrick Williams, Avishka Fernando, Ryad Emrit, Graem Bird and Imad Wasim
Rangpur Rangers: Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Naim, Arafat Sunny, Jahurul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Zakir Hasan, Fazle Rabbi, Nadif Chowdhury, Sanjit Saha, Mohamad Nabi, Shai Hope, Luis Bregori and Cameron Delport
Comilla Warriors: Soumya Sarkar, Al Amin Hossain, Yasir Ali Rabbi, Sabbir Rahman, Sunzamul Islam, Abu Hider Rony, Mahidul Islam Ankon, Sumon Khan, Fardin Hossain Ani, Kusal Perera, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Dawid Malan and Dasun Shanak
Sylhet Thunder: Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Mohammad Mithun, Nazmul Islam Apu, Sohag Gazi, Rony Talukder, Nayeem Hasan, Delwar Hossain, Monir Hossain Khan, Rubel Mia, Shurfin Rutherford, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Naveen Ul Haque, Jhonson Charles and Jeevan Mendis.UNB