2019 BPL Draft: Seven Pakistani players make the cut
429 overseas and 181 Bangladesh cricketers signed up for the glitzy Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). Seven Pakistan players will be seen in action during this year's edition which is set to commence from December 11.
The prominent Twenty20 established players in the A-plus category comprise Shahid Afridi, Hasan Ali, Rilee Rossouw, Thisara Perera, Dwayne Smith, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Chris Gayle and Darren Bravo.
Seasoned coaches will be seen devising strategies and sharing their game plans with the players as Grant Flower has joined Rangpur while Ottis Gibson will be working with Cumilla Warriors. Owais Shah (England former player) will be sharing his insights with Rajashahi Royals.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has become the sole owner of the league and is handling all the affairs themselves after a deadlock with the franchises who were at the helm of all league affairs in the preceding seasons.
Bangladesh' stalwart Mushfiqur Rahim was roped in by Khulna Tigers while strike bowler Mustafizur Rahman will be hurling his thunderbolts for Rangpur Rangers. Imad Wasim will spin a web around the batsmen with his subtle variations for Chattogram Challengers.
Steve Smith and David Warner have opted out of BPL 2019 edition.
BPL 2019: How the teams stack up at the end of draft
Dhaka Platoon: Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Hasan Mahmud, Mahedi Hasan, Thisara Perera, Laurie Evans, Ariful Haque, Mominul Haque, Shuvagata Hom, Wahab Riaz (Pakistan), Asif Ali (Pakistan), Raqibul Hasan, Jaker Ali, Shahid Afridi (Pakistan), Luis Reece.
Chattogram Challengers: Mahmudullah , Imrul Kayes, Nasir Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Chris Gayle, Kesrick Williams, Nurul Hasan, Enamul Haque, Muktar Ali, Pinak Ghosh, Avishka Fernando, Rayad Emrit, Nasum Ahmed, Junaid Siddique, Ryan Burl, Imad Wasim (Pakistan).
Rajshahi Royals: Liton Kumar Das, Afif Hossain, Abu Jayed Chowdhury Rahi, Farhad Reza, Ravi Bopara, Hazratullah Zazai, Taijul Islam, Alok Kapali, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Irfan Sukkur, Mohammad Nawaz (Pakistan), Mohammad Irfan (Pakistan), Minhajul Abedin Afridi, Nahidul Islam.
Khulna Tigers: Mushfiqur Rahim, Shafiul Islam, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Aminul Islam, Rilee Rossouw, Robert Frylinck, Shamsur Rahman, Saif Hassan, Mehedi Hasan, Shahidul Islam, Mohammad Amir (Pakistan), Najibullah Zadran, Tanvir Islam, Aliss Islam, Rahmanullah Gurbaz.
Cumilla Warriors: Soumya Sarkar, Al-Amin Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Yasir Ali, Kusal Perera, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Sunzamul Islam, Abu Hider, Mahidul Islam Ankon, Sumon Khan, Dawid Malan, Dasun Shanaka, Fardeen Hasan Ony.
Rangpur Rangers: Mustafizur Rahman, Naim Sheikh, Arafat Sunny, Jahurul Islam, Mohammad Nabi, Shai Hope, Taskin Ahmed, Zakir Hasan, Fazle Mahmud, Nadif Chowdhury, Rishad Hossain, Lewis Gregory, Cameron Delport, Sanjit Saha.
Sylhet Thunders: Mohammad Mithun, Mosaddek Hossain, Nazmul Islam Apu, Sohag Gazi, Sherfane Rutherford, Shafiqullah, Rony Talukdar, Nayeem Hasan, Delwar Hossain, Monir Hossain, Johnson Charles, Naveen-ul-Haq, Ruyel Miah, Jeevan Mendis.