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Rajshahi rope in most-adorned player Mustafiz

Shakib leads a formidable Dhaka in a bid to retain BPL title
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Rajshahi rope in most-adorned player Mustafiz
The BCB vice-president and players’ draft commissioner Mahbubul Anam (C ) conducts the BPL players’ draft ceremony at a local hotel in the capital yesterday. BCB PHOTO

Rajshahi Kings was the most fortunate franchisee in the BPL T20 Draft-2017 as they got the highly-discussed and most-adorned player from the four-hour-long player draft programme yesterday.

This time the BPL players’ draft turned into a lackluster affair following the sign-up of the overseas players coupled with the retention of the four key local players by BPL franchisees before the draft.

And thus, the entire spot light of the 2017 Players’ Draft was over the pace prodigy Mustafizur Rahman, which team earned the valuable service of the cutter master in the upcoming BPL, which is set to get underway on November 2.

Rajshahi Kings, who rejuvenated in the last edition having resumed their journey under the new ownership after one-year omission from BPL contest, turned the wheel of fortune by lottery. Defending runner-up got chance to first call the round-1 of the players draft, where they purchased Mustafizur Rahman, the lone A-plus category whose value was fixed at Tk 45 lakh.

Initially the BPL governing council selected Mustafiz as icon player along with Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Sabbir Rahman and Soumya Sarkar.

Barisal Bulls announced him as their icon player but the council omitted Barisal franchisee as they failed to meet the financial terms alongside BPL rules and regulations.

Later Rajshahi Kings picked wicketkeeper-batsman Zakir Hasan, Hossain Ali, Naeem Islam Jr, Nihad-uz-Zaman, Rony Talukdar and Kazi Anik. They retained the service of Mominul Haque, Forhad Reza, Mehedi Hasan Miraj and Icon Mushfiqur Rahim.

Defending champions Dhaka Dynamites, who are ahead of picking the most overseas collection than other franchisees, took Abu Haider Rony, Jahurul Islam Omee, Syed Khaled Ahmed, Sadman Islam Anik, Nur Alam Saddam, Nadif Chowdhury and Saqlain Sojib from the draft event.

They have retained Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Mohammad Shohid, Mehedi Maruf alongside ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who shone Dynamites table with Dynamites CEO Nizam Obaid and its team manager Khaled Mahmud Sujon at players draft.

The defending champion took Joe Denly (ENG) and Akeal Hosein (WI) from the draft to fill up the draft condition.  

Khulna Titans grabbed Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Abu Jahed Chowdhury Rahi, Imran Ali, Muktar Ali, Afif Hossain Dhubo, Dhiman Ghosh and Saif Hasan. They retained Shafiul Islam, Ariful Haque, Mosharraf Hossain Rubel and icon Mahmudullah Riyad.

Titans grabbed Shehan Jayasuriya (SL) and Jofra Archer (ENG) from the draft event.

Under the new ownership, Rangpur Riders formed a balanced side, who drew Shahriar Nafees, Nazmul Hossain Apu, Abdur Razzak, Ebadot Hossain Chowdhury, Ziaur Rahman, Fazle Mahmud Rabbi, Elias Sunny and Nahidul Islam along with retained Mohammad Mithun, Sohag Gazi, Rubel Hossain and icon Mashrafe Bin Mortaza.

Riders later picked Zahir Khan (AFG), Sam Hain (ENG) and Samiullah Senwari (AFG) as obligatory overseas category players from the draft.

Comilla Victorians took the experienced Alok Kapali, Mehedi Hasan Miraj, Mehedi Hasan Rana, Enamul Haque, Al Amin Hossain, Arafat Sunny and Rokibul Hasan beside the retention of Imrul Kayes, Liton Kumar Das, Mohammad Saifuddin and icon Tamim Iqbal.

One-time BPL champion picked Soloman Mire (ZIM) and Rumman Raees from the foreign category.

Chittagong Vikings captured Sunzamul Islam, Al Amin Jr, Irfan Sukkur, Naeem Hasan, Alauddin Babu, Tanvir Haider Khan, Yasir Ali alongside the retention of Taskin Ahmed, Anamul Haque Bijoy, Subhashis Roy and its icon Soumya Sarkar.

Vikings picked up Najibullah Zardan (AFG) and Luis Reece (ENG) to balance the side from the players draft.

One year after omission, Sylhet franchisee reemerged after the new team of Sylhet Sixers, who bagged the service of Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Nabil Samad, Abul Hasan Raju, Shuvagata Hom Chowdhury, Mohammad Sharif, Imtiaz Hossain Tanna, Mohammad Sharifullah beside the retention of Taijul Islam, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Nasir Hossain and its icon Sabbir Rahman.

The Sixers roped in Chaturanga de Silva (SL) and Gulam Mudassar Khan (PAK) from the draft.

A total of 348 players including 208 foreign players from 16 different nations and 140 local players has been enlisted for the draft. Of them, the highest number of 62 players from England and 46 players from Pakistan, the second highest, were drafted in the BPL-5.

Seven players retracted their names including Misbah-ul-Haq (PAK), Sohail Tanvir (PAK), Dilshan Munaweera (SL), Jamie Overton (ENG), Richard Levi (SA), Kyle Jarvis (ZIM) and Rahkeem Cornwell (WI) from the players draft.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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