The players' draft programme for recruitment of local and overseas cricketers for the upcoming franchise-based T20 tournament Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) was held at hotel in Dhaka on Saturday.
All the seven franchise teams have completed players recruiting formalities during the auction for the shortest version tournament scheduled to begin on November 2 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur, reports UNB.
Barisal Bulls were ousted from the tournament as the team didn’t pay the fees, curtailing the team number of the tournament to seven.
Franchise team Rajshahi Kings picked up national sensation and cutter master Mustafizur Rahman, the only local player in Grade A+ ($60,000), who became a free player with the termination of Barisal Bulls.
From this year, a franchise can pick a minimum of seven local and two overseas players in the draft as a team can field three to five overseas players in its eleven.
Squads of seven BPL teams:
Chittagong Vikings: Misbah-ul-Haq, Anamul Haque (wk), Soumya Sarkar, Luke Ronchi (wk), Jermine Blackwood, Sikandar Raza, Liam Dawson, Jeevan Mendis, Taskin Ahmed, Subashis Roy, Sunzamul Islam, Al-Amin, Alauddin Babu, Tanbir Hayder, Najibullah Zadran, Luis Reece, Irfan Sukkur, Naeem Hasan and Yasir Arafat.
Comilla Victorians: Imrul Kayes, Tamim Iqbal, Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo, Shoaib Malik, Jos Buttler, Liton Das (wk), Mohammad Saifuddin, Fahim Ashraf, Mohammed Nabi, Rashid Khan, Hassan Ali, Imran Khan Jr, Al-Amin Hossain, Arafat Sunny, Alok Kapali, Mahedi Hasan, Solomon Mire, Rumman Raees, Mehedi Hasan Rana, Enamul Haque and Raqibul Hasan
Dhaka Dynamites: Mehedi Maruf, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Evin Lewis, Cameron Delport, Mosaddek Hossain, Shakib Al Hasan, Shane Watson, Kevon Cooper, Rovman Powell, Shahid Afridi, Sunil Narine, Graeme Cremer, Mohammad Shahid, Mohammed Amir, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Ronsford Beaton, Abu Hider, Jahurul Islam, Nadif Chowdhury, aqlain Sajib, Joe Denly, Akeal Hosein, Syed Khaled Ahmed, Shadman Islam and Noor Hossain Saddam.
Khulna Titans: Rillee Roussow, Dawid Malan, Ariful Haque, Mahmudullah, Chadwick Walton, Sarfraz Ahmed, Carlos Brathwaite, Seekkuge Prasanna, Shadab Khan, Mosharraf Hossain, Kyle Abbott, Benny Howell, Junaid Khan, Shafiul Islam, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Abu Jayed Rahi, Afif Hossain, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Shehan Jayasurya, Jofra Archer, Imran Ali, Mukter Ali, Dhiman Ghosh and Saif Hassan.
Rajshahi Kings: Mominul Haque, Luke Wright, Lendl Simmons, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Malcom Waller, James Franklin, Farhad Reza, Darren Sammy, Samit Patel, Mehidy Hasan, Kesrick Williams, Mohammad Sami, Mustafizur Rahman, Zakir Hasan, Nihaduzzaman, Rony Talukdar, Usama Mir, Raja Ali Dar, Hossain Ali, Naeem Islam jr and Kazi Anik.
Rangpur Riders: Adam Lyth, Kusal Perera, Johnson Charles, Mohammad Mithun, Ravi Bopara, Thisara Perera, David Willey, Sohag Gazi, Samuel Badree, Rubel Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza, Shahriar Nafees, Nazmul Islam Apu, Ziaur Rahman, Fazle Mahmud, Sam Hain, Samiullah Shenwari, Abdur Razzak, Ebadat Hossain, Elias Sunny, Nahidul Islam and Zahir Khan.
Surma Sixers Sylhet: Babar Azam, Andre Fletcher, Davy Jacobs, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Andre McCarthy, Ross Whiteley, Nurul Hasan, Dasun Shanaka, Taijul Islam, Wanidu Hasaranga, Liam Plunkett, Usman Khan Shinwari, Krismar Santokei, Abul Hasan, Shuvagata Hom, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Nabil Samad, Chaturanga de Silva, Ghulam Mudasser Khan, Mohammad Sharif, Imtiaz Hossain and Mohammad Sharifullah.