The fourth edition of the Twenty20 tournament returns with all the glitters and glamour and the curtain will rise on Friday to kick off the month-long competition.
Seven teams will battle it out for this edition of slambang cricket. Here is a brief look at the teams.
The Vikings return this year with a star-studded side, featuring global masterblasters Chris Gayle, Dwayne Smith and Shoaib Malik in the mix with local stars Tamim Iqbal, Taskin Ahmed and Abdur Razzak. The squad boasts players who have the ability to take the game away from any situation.
The pace bowling unit retains Taskin from last year’s mix while the speed of Tymal Mills and Imran Khan adds verve to their attack. The franchise has roped in legspinner Jubair Hossain as their last draft pick for variety in the spin attack, where the experience of Razzak will be handy.
The franchise finished sixth in BPL 3.
Icon: Tamim Iqbal
Bangladeshi players: Abdur Razzak, Anamul Haque, Jahurul Islam, Jubair Hossain, Nazmul Hossain Milon, Saqlain Sajib, Shahidul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Subashis Roy, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Zakir Hasan.
Overseas players: Chaturanga de Silva (SL), Chris Gayle (WI), Grant Elliot (NZ), Imran Khan Junior (PAK), Jeevan Mendis (SL), Tymal Mills (ENG), Mohammad Nabi (AFG), Shoaib Malik (PAK), Dwayne Smith (WI).
Coach: Mohammad Salahuddin
Featuring a number of experienced Bangladeshi players, the Bulls’ hopes on going all the way will rest on the form of local players – Taijul Islam, Al-Amin Hossain, Shamsur Rahman and Shahriar Nafees, among others.
Captain and Icon Mushfiqur Rahim faces a formidable task in juggling his team, with the arsenal containing the likes of Carlos Brathwaite, Mohammad Nawaz, Josh Cobb and Rumman Raees.
The players’ form will be crucial for the team who finished runners-up last year after a thrilling final against Comilla Victorians.
Icon: Mushfiqur Rahim
Bangladeshi players: Abu Haider Rony, Al-Amin Hossain, Dhiman Ghosh, Fazle Rabby, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Mahedi Hasan, Monir Hossain, Nadeef Chowdhury, Shahin Hossain, Taijul Islam, Shamsur Rahman, Shahriar Nafees.
Overseas players: Carlos Brathwaite (WI), Josh Cobb (ENG), Rayad Emrit (WI), Mohammad Nawaz (PAK), Dilshan Munabera (SL), Thisara Perera (SL) Rumman Raees Khan (PAK).
Coach: Dav Whatmore
The defending champions will enter the fourth edition with a string of addition to reinforce their squad. Imad Wasim, Sohail Tanvir, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Saifuddin and Nabil Samad have been drafted in the squad while they have, strangely, left out their best bowler from the last edition – Abu Hider Roney.
While the team have a number of talented local players, the allrounders will be the key to their third success.
Icon: Mashrafe Bin Mortaza
Bangladeshi players: Liton Kumar das, Imrul Kayes, Abdullah Al Mamun, Nahidul Islam, Najmul Islam Shanto, Mohammad Al-Amin, Mohammad Saifuddin, Nahidul Islam, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Nabil Samad, Mohammad Sharif, Jasimuddin
Overseas players: Sohel Tanvir (PAK), Ashar Zaidi (AFG), Imad Wasim (PAK), Nuwan Kulasekara (SRI), Khalid Latif (PAK), Shahzaib Hasan (PAK), Ahmed Shehzad (PAK), Rovman Powell (WI), Rashid Khan (AFG), Jason Holder (WI).
Coach: Mizanur Rahman Babul
The Dynamites seem to have the perfect mix needed for a team to go far in a Twenty20 tournament. The firepower of Andre Russell, Ravi Bopara, Dwayne Bravo and Evin Lewis, complemented by the versatility of Nasir Hossain and Mosaddek Hossain. It will be topped up by the experience of Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Shakib Al Hasan.
The prowess of local players in the likes of allrounder Sanjamul Islam and pacer Mohammad Shahid will also be handy for the Dhaka franchise under the guidance of South African coach Mickey Arthur.
Icon: Shakib Al Hasan
Bangladeshi players: Nasir Hossain, Alauddin Babu, Mosaddek Hossain, Sanjamul Islam, Mehedi Maruf, Suhrawadi Shuvo, Mohammad Shahid, Tanveer Haider, Irfan Shukkur
Overseas players: Rovi Bopara (ENG), Dwayne Bravo (WI), Kumar Sangakkara (SRI), Mahela Jawayardane (SRI), Andre Russell (WI), Evin Lewis (WI), Seekkuge Prasanna (SRI), Wayne Parnell (RSA), Usama Mir (PAK).
Coach: Mickey Arthur
The Khulna franchise returns after missing out on the last edition. Mahmudullah Riyad will be key to the team’s success after his successful outing with Barisal Bulls last year. He will be leading BPL veterans Kevon Cooper and Lendl Simmons while Alok Kapali will need to show his mettle in the middle order.
The team will also bank on rising young talents Hasanuzzaman and Abdul Halim for their big-hitting prowess while the job with the ball has to be done by the likes of Benny Howell, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Asghar and Ben Laughlin.
Icon: Mahmudullah Riyad
Bangladeshi players: Shuvagata Hom Chowdhury, Shafiul Islam, Mosharraf Hossain, Abdul Halim, Abu Sayem, Alok Kapali, Ariful Haque, Hasanuzzaman, Naeem Islam Junior, Noor Hossain, Taibur Rahman.
Overseas players: Nicholas Pooran (WI), Kevon Cooper (WI), Riki Wessels (ENG), Mohammad Asghar (PAK), Lendl Simmons (WI), Benny Howell (ENG), Ben Laughlin (AUS), Abdul Majid (PAK), Andre Fletcher (WI), Junaid Khan (PAK).
Coach: Stuart Law
The Riders are filled with big guns like Mohammad Shahzad, Sharjeel Khan, Soumya Sarkar, Nasir Jamshed and Gidron Pope as Shahid Afridi will lead a pack of hitters that also includes Babar Azam and Dasun Shanaka. But choosing the right ones out of so many could prove to be difficult.
Locals like Ziaur Rahman, Arafat Sunny, Rubel Hossain and Sohag Gazi brings balance to the side.
Icon: Soumya Sarkar
Bangladeshi players: Arafat Sunny, Elias Sunny, Mohammad Mithun, Naeem Islam, Pinak Ghosh, Rubel Hossain, Sohag Gazi, Soumya Sarkar, Ziaur Rahman, Muktar Ali, Shahbaz Chouhan, Jupiter Ghosh.
Overseas players: Sharjeel Khan (PAK), Shahid Afridi (Captain), Mohammad Shahzad (AFG), Babar Azam (PAK), Dasun Shanaka (SL), Richard Gleeson (ENG), Gidron Pope (WI), Nasir Jamshed (PAK), Sachithra Senanayake (SL), Gihan Rupasinghe (SL).
Coach: Javed Omar
This is another franchise making a return this year. Darren Sammy will lead a bunch of talented Bangladeshi players and experienced overseas players.
The rise of Mehedi Hasan Miraz as the spin assassin with 19 wickets in their historic Test series against England can only fulfil one side of his duties for the Kings, as he will have to do well with the bat too. But Sabbir Rahman, Mominul Haque, Farhad Reza along with Mohammad Sami, Upul Tharanga and Umar Akmal, among others, are all there to share the job with him.
Icon: Sabbir Rahman
Bangladeshi players: Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Abul Hasan, Delwar Hossain, Ebadat Hossain, Farhad Reza, Mominul Haque, Nazmul Islam, Nurul Hasan, Raqibul Hasan, Rony Talukdar, Salman Hossain
Overseas players: Mohammad Sami (PAK), Samit Patel (Eng), Darren Sammy (WI), Milinda Siriwardana (SL), Upul Tharanga (SL), Umar Akmal (PAK), Kesrick Williams (WI).
Coach: Sarwar Imran