BPL franchisees will spend a staggering amount of TK173,700,000 behind their local and foreign players recruitment for the fifth edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Twenty20 Blockbluster tournament.
According to the accounts of the BPL governing council, Rangpur Riders and Comilla Victorians are the highest paid teams, who will spend the highest amount of TK 26,200,000 each to pay their local and overseas players.
Khulna Titans, Dhaka Dynamites and Rajshahi Kings closely followed the above teams who will disburse TK 25,400,000, TK 25,200,000 and TK 25,200,000 respectively.
Newly-entrant Sylhet Sixers are also spending TK 23,500,000 to form their team as strong and balance for the BPL-5.
Chittagong Vikings, who were determined to form their team to fight for championship, will expend TK 22,000,000, the lowest amount among the BPL franchisees.
All the seven franchise teams have completed players recruiting formalities during the auction for the shortest version of the cricket with Rajshahi Kings picked up national sensation and cutter master Mustafizur Rahman in the squad in addition to another icon player cum Test captain Mushfiqur Rahim.
Local Players: Shakib Al Hasan (icon) , Abu Hider, Jahurul Islam, Nadif Chowdhury, Saqlain Sajib,Mosaddek Hossain, Mehedi Maruf, Syed Khaled Ahmed, Shadman Islam, Noor Hossain Saddam, Mohammad Shahid
Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Evin Lewis, Cameron Delport, Shane Watson, Kevon Cooper, Rovman Powell, Shahid Afridi, Sunil Narine, Graeme Cremer, Mohammad Shahid, Mohammed Amir, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Ronsford Beaton, Joe Denly, Akeal Hosein.
Local Players: Mushfiqur Rahim (icon), Mominul Haque,Mustafizur Rahman, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Farhad Reza, Zakir Hasan, Nihaduzzaman, Rony Talukdar, , Naeem Islam jnr, Kazi Anik
Foreign Players: Luke Wright, Lendl SimmonsMalcom Waller, James Franklin, Darren Sammy, Samit Patel, Kesrick Williams, Mohammad Sami,Usama Mir, Raja Ali Dar, Hossain Ali
Local Players: Mahmudullah Riyad (icon), Shafiul Islam, Ariful Haque, Mosharraf Hossain, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Abu Jayed Rahi, Afif Hossain, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Imran Ali, Mukter Ali, Dhiman Ghosh, Saif Hassan
Foreign Players: Rillee Roussow, Dawid Malan,Chadwick Walton, Sarfraz Ahmed, Carlos Brathwaite, Seekkuge Prasanna, Shadab Khan, Kyle Abbott, Benny Howell, Junaid Khan, Shehan Jayasurya, Jofra Archer, Chris Lynn
Local Players: Mashrafe Mortaza (icon), Rubel Hossain, Shahriar Nafees, Mohammad Mithun, Abdur Razzak, Ebadat Hossain, Sohag Gazi, Nazmul Islam Apu, Ziaur Rahman, Fazle Mahmud, Elias Sunny, Nahidul Islam.
Foreign Players: Chris Gayle, Adam Lyth, Kusal Perera, Johnson Charles, Ravi Bopara, Thisara Perera, David Willey, Samuel Badree, Sam Hain, Samiullah Shenwari, Zahir Khan.
Surma Sylhet Sixers:
Local Players: Sabbir Rahman (icon), Nasir Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Taijul Islam, Abul Hasan, Shuvagata Hom, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Nabil Samad, Mohammad Sharif, Imtiaz Hossain, Mohammad Sharifullah.
Foreign Players: Babar Azam, Liam Plunkett, Wanidu Hasaranga, Dasun Shanaka, Andre Fletcher, Krismar Santokei, Chaturanga de Silva, Davy Jacobs, Andre McCarthy, Ross Whiteley, Usman Khan Shinwari, Ghulam Mudasser Khan.
Local Players: Tamim Iqbal (icon), Imrul Kayes, Liton Das, Mohammad Saifuddin, Al-Amin Hossain Jr, Arafat Sunny, Alok Kapali, Mahedi Hasan, Mehedi Hasan Rana, Enamul Haque, Raqibul Hasan.
Foreign Players: Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo, Jos Buttler, Shoaib Malik, Hassan Ali, Mohammed Nabi, Rashid Khan, Imran Khan Jr, Solomon Mire, Rumman Raees, Fahim Ashraf.
Local Players: Soumya Sarkar (icon), Anamul Haque, Taskin Ahmed, Subashis Roy, Sunzamul Islam, Al-Amin, Alauddin Babu, Tanbir Hayder, Irfan Sukkur, Naeem Hasan, Yasir Arafat Mishu.
Foreign Players: Misbah-ul-Haq, Luke Ronchi, Jermaine Blackwood, Liam Dawson, Jeevan Mendis, Najibullah Zadran, Luis Reece, Sikandar Raza.
A total of 348 players which included 208 foreign players, were enlisted in the BPL players’ draft. England formed the largest contingent of foreign players with 62 players. Pakistan had 46 players and there were 26 players from Sri Lanka