BPL ‘Players by Choice’ held
The ‘Players by Choice’ for the upcoming edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) was held at Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel on Thursday at 10am.
The BPL governing council brought forward the Players by Choice from October 26 to 22 at the request of the franchises though it was primarily announced to be held on October 31.
Rangpur Riders have picked up star Bangladesh allrounder Shakib Al Hasan in the Bangladesh Premier League player transfers. National team captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza was taken by Comilla Victorians while Tamim Iqbal was drafted by his native Chittagong Vikings.
Bangladesh Premier League franchises picked the stars in the lottery-based players-by-choice draft system at a hotel in Dhaka on Thursday.
Barisal Bulls selected allrounder Mahmudullah, who was the captain of Chittagong Kings before.
Chittagong went for Tamim while Mushfiqur Rahim was taken by Sylhet Superstars, who had earlier made a request to the BPL Governing Council to include the Test captain in their team.
Meanwhile, Dhaka Dynamites got allrounder Nasir Hossain after coming up last in the lottery.
Dhaka Dynamites got Bangladesh pace sensation Mustafizur Rahman in the lottery-based transfer system at a hotel in Dhaka on Thursday morning.
Rangpur Riders, whose name came up first in the lottery, picked up the aggressive opener from A category.
Former national cricketer Athar Ali Khan, a representative of Dhaka Dynamites, selected Mustafizur. Chittagong Vikings representative, former Bangladesh captain Akram Khan, drew in Anamul Haque while Barisal Bulls opted for Sabbir Rahman.
Wicketkeeper batsman Liton Kumar Das was taken in by Comilla Victorians before Sylhet Superstars picked up paceman Rubel Hossain as the last team in first round of the transfers.
While the teams selected star cricketers in the first round, they chose to adopt a more tactical approach in the next round and went for players who fulfill their strategic needs.
Rangpur again had the chance to make the first call in the second round. They drafted in left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny.
Barisal picked seamer Al-Amin Hossain while Chittagong drew in young speedstar Taskin Ahmed. Dhaka selected veteran spinner Mosharraf Hossain. Comilla got Imrul Kayes while Sylhet picked up Mominul Haque.
According to the rules, the last team will have their call in the second round, in this case, Comilla, would get their chance in the third round.
They opted for allrounder Shuvagata Hom Chowdhury, who is in Zimbabwe as the captain of Bangladesh A.
Sylhet picked veteran spinner Abdur Razzak. Dhaka drafted young Mosaddek Hossain, who has stormed into domestic cricket headlines with some superb batting.
Allrounder Sohag Gazi has been picked by his native Barisal while Chittagong chose Ziaur Rahman. Rangpur picked wicketkeeper batsman Mohammad Mithun as the last team in the third round.
Among foreign players, Comilla Victorians got West Indies allrounder Andre Russell and Sri Lankan batsman Lahiru Thirimanne.
The BPL transfers were done through the lottery-based players-by-choice system at a hotel in Dhaka on Thursday.
Ajmal, who is one of the top spinners in Twenty20 cricket, lost some edge to his bowling after revamping his action.
He lost his spot in the Pakistan team and put up an ordinary show in English county a few days ago.
Chittagong also took Lankan spinner Jeevan Mendis and Proteas spinner Robin Peterson.
Russell, who has existing contracts with South African and Australian domestic cricket, will be able to play only a few BPL matches but Comilla still opted for the Caribbean for his capabilities in T20 cricket.
Sri Lankan vice-captain Thirimanne will get the company of his compatriot Nuwan Kulasekara in Comilla.
The franchisee also picked up English allrounder Darren Stevens in the first round of foreign players’ draft.
Dhaka Dynamites opted for Pakistani pacer Sohail Khan, top order batsman Shahzaib Hasan and English batsman Dawid Malan.
Sylhet Superstars went for England’s Chris Jordan in the first round and later roped in his compatriot Josh Cobb and Pakistani pacer Sohail Tanvir.
Rangpur Riders took Afghanistan captain and allrounder Mohammad Nabi and Pakistani pacer Wahab Riaz. They earlier signed Sri Lanka spinner Sachithra Senanayake.
Barisal Bulls chose Sri Lanka’s Seekkuge Prasanna at first, then drew two Pakistanis, the experienced Mohammad Sami and allrounder Imad Wasim.