India is set to arrive in Dhaka Thursday evening to play a three-match ODI and two-match Test series against hosts Bangladesh. It will be the first ODI series between these teams in Bangladesh in seven years. India last toured Bangladesh for an ODI series in 2015 when the hosts beat them 2-1. Read more: Unofficial Test: India A in the driving seat against Bangladesh A Bangladesh took on India in 36 ODIs; they won five and one was a no result. Rohit Sharma will lead Team India in the series and Lokesh Rahul will play the role of his deputy. The first ODI of the series will take place in Dhaka on December 4 and the second at the same venue on December 7. The third and last ODI will be played in Chattogram on December 10. After the ODI series, both the teams will lock horns in a two-match Test series. The first Test is scheduled to be played in Chattogram from December 14 and the second and last one in Dhaka from December 22. Read more: Unofficial Test: Fragile Bangladesh A on the back foot against India A India squad for ODIs Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Shreyas Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ishan Kishan (WK), Shahbaz Ahmed, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Mohammad Shami, Mohammad Siraj, Deepak Chahar, and Kuldeep Sen
India A are in total control of the first unofficial Test against Bangladesh A in Cox's Bazar. In reply to Bangladesh A's below-par total of 112, India A posted 404 for five wickets at the end of day two. Indian openers Yashasvi Jaiswal and Abhimanyu Easwaran smashed a ton each, coming up with an opening stand of 283 runs. Bangladesh left-arm spinner Taijul Islam broke the stand removing Jaiswal for 145. Taijul scalped two more wickets on day two, and Khaled Ahmed took as many wickets for Bangladesh A. At the end of day two, India A were leading by 292 runs with five wickets in hand. Read: Unofficial Test: Fragile Bangladesh A on the back foot against India A Earlier, Bangladesh were all out for only 112 runs; Mosaddek Hossain hit a fifty for them. Five of Bangladesh's first six batters were unable to make a double-digit score. Zakir Hasan and Mohammad Mithun made ducks each; Mominul Haque and Jaker Ali scored four each and Mahmudul Hasan Joy only one. For India A, Saurabh Kumar bagged four wickets; Navdeep Saini and Mukesh Kumar scalped three and two wickets, respectively.
Left-arm spinner Saurabh Kumar bagged four wickets in the opening day of the unofficial Test between Bangladesh A and India A on Tuesday in Cox’s Bazar. Saurabh's outstanding bowling performance put Bangladesh on the back foot. At the end of day one, India A are leading by eight runs in their first innings with all wickets in hand. India have won the toss and sent Bangladesh to bat first. Read more: Touring Bangladesh women's cricket team suffer seven-wicket defeat against New Zealand XI Indian bowlers have justified the decision by wrapping up Bangladesh in just 112 runs. Five of Bangladesh’s first six batters were unable to reach a double-digit total. Two of them, Zakir Hasan and Mohammad Mithun, suffered a duck each, while two, Mominul Haque and Jaker Ali, scored four each, and the other, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, could only score one. Number three, Najmul Hossain Shanto, scored 19 runs, and Mosaddek Hossain Saikat saved the team from being bundled out for a total of less than one hundred, scoring 63 runs. Read more: North Zone win Bangladesh Cricket League one-dayers title And two of the last three batters have also suffered a duck each. It was an innings that Bangladesh A would love to forget. For India A, Saurabh bagged four wickets while Navdeep Saini and Mukesh Kumar scalped three and two wickets, respectively. In reply, India A ended the day at 120 for none. The openers, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Abhimanyu Easwaran, remained unbeaten, respectively, for 61 and 53.
Touring Bangladesh women's cricket team conceded a seven-wicket defeat against hosts New Zealand XI in a tour match at Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln Monday. Bangladesh team will play their second match against the same side Wednesday at the same venue. The visitors will play a three-match T20 series on December 2, 4 and 7, and a three-match ODI series on December 11, 14 and 17 against the Kiwis. In the day's match, Bangladesh batted first and were all out for 203 in the stipulated 50 overs with Ritu Moni scoring 80-ball 46 runs with four boundaries. Read: Bangladesh’s women cricketers on a roll Three Bangladesh batters – Murshida Khatun, captain Nigar Sultana and Fargana Haque – were allowed to bat twice in the match. Molly Penfold grabbed five wickets for 36 runs in her 10-over spell and Hannah Rowe took two wickets for 44 runs. Read: Women cricketers join individual training programme In reply, New Zealand reached their target, scoring 204 runs for the loss of three wickets, in 46.2 overs. But the Kiwis continued to bat and scored 228 runs for five in 50 overs. Opener Rebecca Burns and middle-order batter Thamsyn Newton made 46 and 45 runs, respectively. For Bangladesh, Ritu claimed two wickets for 26 runs in her six-over spell.
Riding on a fifty of Fazle Mahmud and 44 of Akbar Ali, BCB North Zone beat BCB South Zone by three runs in the final of the Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL) one-dayers Sunday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. North Zone batted first and posted 244 for eight, with Fazle Mahmud top-scoring 65. Mahmudullah Riyad also scored 39 for them. Read: BPL 2023: All Teams Squad, Captain, Players List details Shoriful Islam, who took three wickets, was the best bowler for South Zone. Mehidy Hasan Miraz, captain of South Zone, took two wickets. South Zone were restricted to 241 for nine and lost the match by three runs in reply. Anamul Haque Bijoy and Nasir Hossain hit a fifty each for them, but that was not enough to avoid a defeat. Slow left-arm spinner Rakibul Hasan bagged four wickets for North Zone. Along with the finalists, BCB Central Zone and Islami Bank East Zone also participated in this event. Read: BPL: From “world’s second-best” to “best domestic” league Mohammad Naim of BCB South Zone ended the league as the best batter. He scored 210 runs with a century. Fazle Mahmud is right behind him, scoring 192 runs. Nasir Hossain, Mahmudullah, and Naeem Islam are behind them, scoring 163, 152, and 132, respectively. Mehidy became the best bowler, taking 10 wickets. Mohammad Saifuddin took nine wickets, Mahedi Hasan, Shoriful Islam, and Rakibul Hasan took 8, 7, and 6 wickets, respectively.
England's cricket team arrived in Islamabad early Sunday to play its first test series in Pakistan since 2005. Led by Ben Stokes, England will kick off the tour in Rawalpindi -- an adjacent city to Islamabad -- which hosts the first test from next Thursday. The second test will be played at Multan from Dec. 9-13 before England round off the tour with the final test at Karachi from Dec. 17-21. England had played a seven-match T20 series in Pakistan prior to the T20 World Cup in Australia where it went on to beat Pakistan in the final. England was due to tour Pakistan last year before the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates but abandoned the tour due to security concerns after New Zealand had aborted its tour to Pakistan just minutes before the toss in the first ODI at Rawalpindi. There were some concerns over England’s test tour to Pakistan after former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was wounded in Wazirabad, a district in eastern Punjab province, during his protest against the sitting government. “It’s been a long time since England have played test cricket in Pakistan,” Stokes had said in Abu Dhabi last Friday where the team trained for a week before flying out to Pakistan. Read more: England to play 3 Test matches in Pakistan in December “With what happened with Imran Khan recently, there was a little bit of concern, but we have Reg Dickason, who has been the security man for many years with England, and we left it in his capable hands.” Last Monday Khan had met with the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ramiz Raja and British High Commissioner in Lahore and assured the officials that his protest against the government will not disturb England cricket team’s tour to Pakistan. Pakistan had hosted England twice in a test series at UAE over the last 17 years with foreign teams reluctant to travel to Pakistan after the Sri Lanka cricket team was attacked in Lahore in 2009. However, since 2015 Pakistan has started regaining the confidence of foreign countries that it could organize international games at home and have hosted almost all the major cricketing nations, including South Africa and Australia. The three-test series will be part of World Test Championship where Pakistan is sitting in fifth place while England is seventh. Pakistan needs to win the three-test series to keep its hopes alive for next year’s final. Read more: England crush Pakistan in T20 decider to win series 4-3 Pakistan will be without its key fast bowler Shaheen Afridi, who has been ruled out of the series due to knee injury. The home team has also dropped middle-order batter Fawad Alam and ace leg-spinner Yasir Shah due to poor form. Uncapped fast bowlers Haris Rauf and Mohammad Ali have been called up to the squad along with mystery spinner Abrar Ahmed, who is expected to make his debut during the series. England also has injury concerns ahead of the first test with fast bowler Mark Wood in doubt due to a hip injury. Stuart Broad has been given paternity leave from the tour as England will be banking on its experienced fast bowler James Anderson to trouble Pakistan batters. England has included 18-year-old Leicestershire allrounder Rehan Ahmed in the squad after originally drafting him as a net bowler for the tour. Squad: Ben Stokes (capt), Harry Brook, Joe Root, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Ben Duckett, Liam Livingstone, Ben Foakes, Will Jacks, Keaton Jennings, Jack Leach, James Anderson, Jamie Overton, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood, Rehan Ahmed.
The ninth season of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) will begin in the first week of January 2023. In the meantime, the player draft has been completed on November 23. Before the draft, however, the franchises started to organize the team. The teams already recruited cricketers through direct signing before the draft. Many local and foreign cricketers have got teams through direct signup. The rest of the listed players were left out for the draft. Let’s see the detailed BPL draft 2023 and know the players' names according to their teams. BPL 2023: Players Category and Salaries Table: Salary range of BPL players under different categories Player Category Base Salary (Taka) A 80 lakh B 50 lakh C 30 lakh D 20 lakh E 15 lakh F 10 lakh G 5 lakh This year player has been categorized into seven categories from ‘A’ to ‘G’. ‘A’ category players will get 80 lakh taka this season. The BPL 2023 salary for ‘B’ category players is 50 lakh taka. Remuneration in the 'C', 'D', 'E', 'F' and 'G' categories is 30, 20, 15, 10 and 5 lakhs respectively. Read More: BPL: From “world’s second-best” to “best domestic” league BPL 2023 Draft: Teams and Signed Player List The BPL players' draft was held on Wednesday, November 23 in an elite hotel in Dhaka. There are seven franchises in 2023 BPL. The seven teams are Dhaka Dominators, Chattogram Challengers, Comilla Victorians, Fortune Barishal, Khulna Tigers, Sylhet Strikers, and Rangpur Riders. More than 300 players were auctioned from home and abroad, while 137 players were sold. Each team bought more than 15-22 players. While most of the players were sold during the draft some top ranked players such as Shakib Al Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza, Tamim Iqbal, Mustafizur Rahman, and more were signed directly. However, some top performers from previous tournaments did not get any team. Among them Ashraful and Mominul Islam were notable. Young opening batter Tanjid Hasan Tamim was also on this list. Dhaka Dominators Table: Player list of Dhaka Dominators in BPL 2023 Players from Direct Contract Taskin Ahmed, Chamika Karunaratne (Sri Lanka), Dilshan Munaweera (Sri Lanka) Bangladeshi Players from Draft Mohammad Mithun, Soumya Sarkar, Shoriful Islam, Arafat Sunny, Nasir Hossain, Al Amin Hossain, Shan Masood, Ahmad Shahzad, Alok Kapali, Monir Hossain Khan, Ariful Haque, Salman Irshad, Muktar Ali, Mizanur Rahman, Delwar Hossain Foreign Players from Draft Shan Masood, Ahmed Shehzad (Pakistan), Usman Ghani (Afghanistan), Salman Ershad. Dhaka Dominators bought a total of 22 players and three of them were foreign players. Among these players Taskin, Chamika Karunaratne and Dilshan Munaweera were signed directly due to their recent performance Asia Cup and World Cup. Read More: 7 local cricketers get direct contracts in 2023 BPL Chattogram Challengers Table: Player list of Chattogram Challengers in BPL 2023 Players from Direct Contract Afif Hussain, Biswa Fernando (Sri Lanka), Ashan Priyanjan (Sri Lanka), Curtis Camper (Ireland). Bangladeshi Players from Draft Mritunjoy Chowdhury, Shubhagat Hom Chowdhury, Mehdi Hasan Rana, Irfan Sukkur, Mehdi Maruf, Ziaur Rahman, Taijul Islam, Abu Zayed Rahi, Farhad Reza, Taufiq Khan Tushar Foreign Players from Draft Max O’Dowd (Netherlands), Open Moon (India/USA) Chattogram Challengers has arranged their team with 16 players and they kept five foreign players in tehir squad. Among all these players Afif Hussian is a star player for the team and it is expected that he will give his best for the team. Comilla Victorians Table: Player list of Comilla Victorians in 2023 Players from Direct Contract Mostafizur Rahman, Mohammad Rizwan (Pakistan), Shaheen Afridi (Pakistan), Hasan Ali (Pakistan), Khushdil Shah (Pakistan), Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan), Abrar Ahmed (Pakistan). Bangladeshi Players from Draft Liton Kumar Das, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Tanveer Islam, Imrul Kayes, Ashikuzzaman, Zaker Ali Anik, Saikat Ali, Abu Hyder Roni, Naeem Hasan, Mukidul Islam impressed. Foreign Players from Draft Shaun Williams (Zimbabwe), Chadwick Walton (West Indies). 3 times BPL winner Comilla Victorians seem to spend a huge amount of money this season as they have bought most star players including Mohammad Rizwan, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Nabi, and Mostafizur Rahman. They have 19 players on their team with 7 foreign players. Read More: BPL 2023: Mahmudullah in Barishal, Mushfiqur in Sylhet Fortune Barishal Table: Player list of Fortune Barishal in BPL 2023 Players from Direct Contract Shakib Al Hasan, Iftekhar Ahmed (Pakistan), Mohammad Wasim Jr (Pakistan), Ibrahim Zadran (Afghanistan), Karim Janat (Afghanistan), Omar Qadir (Pakistan), Rahkeem Cornwell (West Indies), Kesrick Williams (West Indies ), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (Afghanistan). Bangladeshi Players from Draft Mahmudullah Riyad, Mehdi Hasan Miraj, Ibadat Hossain, Enamul Haque Vijay, Kamrul Islam Rabi, Fazle Mahmud Rabi, Syed Khaled Ahmed, Saif Hasan, Kazi Anik, Sanjamul Islam, Salman Hossain. Foreign Players from Draft Haider Ali (Pakistan), Chaturanga de Silva (Sri Lanka). Fortune Barishal has yet to win a BPL cup, but it seems in 2023 they have a strong wish to win it. From Shakib Al Hasan to Mahmudullah Riyad, they have made a team with a mix of experienced and young players consisting of 22 cricketers. Among them, 10 players are from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and West Indies. Khulna Tigers Table: Player list of Khulna Tigers in BPL 2023 Players from Direct Contract Tamim Iqbal, Abiska Fernando (Sri Lanka), Wahab Riaz (Pakistan), Naseem Shah (Pakistan), Azam Khan (Pakistan). Bangladeshi Players from Draft Mohammad Saifuddin, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Nasum Ahmed, Nahidul Islam, Munim Shahriar, Sabbir Rahman, Shafiqul Islam, Pritam Kumar, Habibur Rahman Sohan, Mahmudul Hasan Joy. Foreign Players from Draft Dasun Shanaka (Sri Lanka), Paul Mikrin (Sri Lanka). Registered in 2012, previously known as Khulna Titans, the franchise is yet to win a tournament. This year they have created a team with 11 Bangladeshi players and 6 foreign players. Tamim Iqbal is the captain of the Khulna Tigers. Read More: BPL 2023: What Mashrafe, Perara and Amir can bring to Sylhet Strikers Sylhet Strikers Table: Player list of Sylhet Strikers in BPL 2023 Players from Direct Contract Mashrafe bin Mortaza, Mohammad Amir (Pakistan), Mohammad Haris (Pakistan), Ryan Burl (Zimbabwe), Kamindu Mendis (Sri Lanka), Dhananjaya de Silva (Sri Lanka), Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka). Bangladeshi Players from Draft Mushfiqur Rahim, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Rezaur Rahman Raja, Nabeel Samad, Tauhid Hriday, Rubel Hossain, Zakir Hasan, Nazmul Islam Apu, Akbar Ali, Mohammad Sharifullah, Tanjim Hasan Shakib. Foreign Players from Draft Tom Moores, Gulbdin Naib Founded in 2012, this franchise has changed its name 7 times in the last 10 years and will be known as Sylhet Strikers in the 2023 to 2025 season. They made 20 man squad keeping Mashrafe bin Mortaza as the captain. However, they have spent most of their money on foreign players. Rangpur Riders Table: Player list of Rangpur Riders in BPL 2023 Players from Direct Contract Nurul Hasan Sohan, Shoaib Malik (Pakistan), Pathum Nishanka (Sri Lanka), Haris Rauf (Pakistan), Mohammad Nawaz (Pakistan), Jeffrey Vandersee (Sri Lanka), Sikandar Raja (Zimbabwe). Bangladeshi Players from Draft Sheikh Mehdi Hasan, Hasan Mahmud, Naeem Sheikh, Rakibul Hasan, Shamim Patwari, Ripon Mondal, Roni Talukder, Parvez Hussain Imon, Rabiul Haque, Alauddin Babu. Foreign Players from Draft Azmatullah Omurzai (Afghanistan), Aaron Jones (USA). Won the 5th edition of BPL by defeating Dhaka Dynamites in the final, Rangpur Raiders emphasized spending for the top-level foreign player and middle-range Bangladeshi players. They have bought a total of 19 players including 7 foreign players. Read More: BPL 2023: Syhet Strikers ropes in Mashrafe, Amir, Perera Final Words According to BPL 2023 draft, the seven teams have spent approximately 22 crore taka on Bangladeshi and foreign players. Among them, Barishal has spent more money. If everything goes well, the ninth season of BPL will start on January 5, 2023, and will end on February 16. The tenth season of BPL will start on January 6 next year and will continue till February 17. BPL 2025 will be from January 1 to February 11.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Thursday announced the 16-member squad for the three-match ODI series against India starting on December 4 at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. Tamim Iqbal will lead the team in this series as the regular ODI captain. He was out of the national team for a long time as the team was busy playing Asia Cup and T20 World Cup. Mahmudullah Riyad, Mushfiqur Rahim are all set to return to the national team with this series. They were also out of the Bangladesh setup when the World Cup took place in Australia. While Mahmudullah was overlooked by the selectors, Mushfiqur retired from the T20 format. Read more: BPL 2023: Mahmudullah in Barishal, Mushfiqur in Sylhet Anamul Haque Bijoy is also in the ODI team. He hit two fifties in his last three ODIs against Zimbabwe. He was also part of the T20 team in Zimbabwe series, but he was axed from the World Cup squad. Mosaddek Hossain, Taijul Islam and Shoriful Islam were overlooked for this series. They were part of Bangladesh team in the last ODI series against Zimbabwe. To replace them, Bangladesh included Shakib Al Hasan, who was out of the Zimbabwe series due to personal reasons, Yasir Ali and Ebadot Hossain Chowdhury. While the first match of the series is on December 4, the second match is on December 7, and the last match will be played on December 10. First two matches will take place in Dhaka, the last match will be hosted in Chattogram’s Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. Read more: Bangladesh Cricket League One-dayers: South Zone, North Zone win 2nd round matches After the ODI series, Bangladesh will take on India in a two-match Test series with the first Test being played in Chattogram and second in Dhaka. Bangladesh ODI squad: Tamim Iqbal (Captain), Liton Das, Anamul Haque Bijoy, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Afif Hossain, Yasir Ali, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud, Ebadot Hossain, Nasum Ahmed, Mahmudullah Riyad, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Nurul Hasan Sohan
The players' draft for BPL 2023 took place in a hotel in Dhaka on Wednesday (November 23). Allrounder Mahmudullah Riyad will play for Fortune Barishal in the new season of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), and Mushfiuqr Rahim will represent Sylhet Strikers. This year’s BPL is set to start the first week of January 2023. In Barishal, Mahmudullah will get Shakib Al Hasan in the team, and in Sylhet, Mushiqur will play with Mashrafe Bin Mortaza. While Sylhet signed Masrhafe outside the draft, Barishal kept Shakib for the season. Former Bangladesh captains Mohammad Ashraful and Mominul Haque did not get a team in the draft. On draft day, it was unclear if any team would show any interest in them. Read more: 7 local cricketers get direct contracts in 2023 BPL Along with Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Anamul Haque Bijoy, and Ebadot Hossain were roped in by Barishal. Teams after the players' draft for BPL 2023 Comilla Victorians: Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Rizwan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Hasan Ali, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nabi, Abrar Ahmed, Litton Das, Mosaddek Hossain, Tanvir Islam, Imrul Kayes, Josh Cobb, Ashiqur Zaman, Brandon King, Jaker Ali Anik, Sean Williams, Chadwick Walton, Shykat Ali, Abu Hider Rony, Nayeem Hasan, Mukidul Islam, Mahidul Islam Ankon. Fortune Barishal: Shakib Al Hasan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Wasim, Ibrahim Zadran, Karim Janat, Usman Qadir, Rahkeem Cornwall, Kesrick Williams, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Naveen-ul-Haq, Kusal Perera, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Ebadot Hossain, Anamul Haque Bijoy, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Fazle Rabbi, Haider Ali, Chaturanga de Silva, Saif Hassan, Khaled Ahmed, Qazi Anik, Sanzamul Islam, Salman Hossain. Chattogram Challengers: Afif Hossain, Vishwa Fernando, Ashan Priyanjan, Curtis Campher, Mrittunjoy Chowdhury, Shuvagata Hom, Mehedi Hasan Rana, Irfan Sukkur, Mehedi Maruf, Ziaur Rahman, Maxwell Patrick, Unmukt Chand, Taijul Islam, Abu Jayed Rahi, Farhad Reza, Tawfique Khan Tushar. Dhaka Dominators: Taskin Ahmed, Chamika Karunaratne, Dilshan Munaweera, Mohammad Mithun, Soumya Sarkar, Shoriful Islam, Arafat Sunny, Nasir Hossain, Al Amin Hossain, Shan Masood, Ahmed Shehzad, Alok Kapali, Monir Hossain Khan, Ariful Haque, Muktar Ali, Mizanur Rahman, Delwar Hossain, Usman Ghani, Salman Irshad. Khulna Tigers: Tamim Iqbal, Avishka Fernando, Wahab Riaz, Naseem Shah, Azam Khan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Nasum Ahmed, Nahidul Islam, Munim Shahriar, Sabbir Rahman, Dasun Shanaka, Paul Van Meekeren, Shafiqul Islam, Pritom Kumar, Habibur Rahman, Mahmudul Hasan Joy. Read more: BPL 2023: Syhet Strikers ropes in Mashrafe, Amir, Perera Rangpur Riders: Nurul Hasan Sohan, Shoaib Malik, Pathum Nissanka, Sikandar Raza, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Nawaz, Jaffrey Vandersay, Sheikh Mahedi Hasan, Hasan Mahmud, Naim Sheikh, Rakibul Hasan Jr, Shamim Hossain, Ripon Mondol, Azmatullah Omarzai, Aaron Jones, Rony Talukder, Parvez Hossain Emon, Alauddin Babu. Sylhet Strikers: Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Haris, Thisara Perera, Kamindu Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Colin Ackermann, Ryan Burl, Mushfiqur Rahim, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Rejaur Rahman Raja, Nabil Samad, Towhid Hridoy, Rubel Hossain, Tom Moores, Chaturanga de Silva, Zakir Hasan, Nazmul Islam Apu, Akbar Ali, Mohammad Sharifullah, Tanzim Hasan Sakib. One of the major talking points leading up to the BPL 2023 players' draft was where Mahmudullah Riyad and Mushfiqur Rahim would play next season. Riyad and Shakib will play together for the Barishal franchise, while Mushfiqur and Mashrafe will be seen playing together for Sylhet. Read More: BPL 2023: What Mashrafe, Perara and Amir can bring to Sylhet Strikers
Veteran right-handed batter Naeem Islam hit a century in the 2nd round of the Bangladesh Cricket League’s one-day edition and guided his team to a 26-run victory on Tuesday at BKSP. In the other match of the same round of the league, Fazle Mahmud Rabbi fell short of 10 runs from a ton and guided his team to a 61-run win. Naeem is playing for BCB South Zone, who batted first on Tuesday against BCB Central Zone and posted 282 for five wickets. Read more: Warner can return to leadership role as Cricket Australia changes code of conduct South Zone lost two wickets in just 12 runs as Anamul Haque Bijoy and Zakir Hasan failed to do well. But in the third wicket stand, they added 99 runs on the board thanks to Naeem, and Mohammad Naim, with the latter scoring 63. Naeem ended up scoring 102 for 106. Allrounder Nasir Hossain has also scored 75 off 87 balls. For Central Zone, Robiul Haque bagged three wickets. In reply, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat and Ali Jaker Anik scored fifty each, but that was not enough to avoid a defeat. Mehidy Hasan Miraz, the captain of South Zone, scalped three wickets, while Shoriful Islam took two. In the other match, North Zone batted first against Islami Bank East Zone and scored 216 runs for eight wickets. Fazle Mahmud scored 90, and Mohammad Saifuddin scored 44. For East Zone, Ashiqur Zaman, Mahadi Hasan, and Rahman Rejaur Raja took two wickets each. Read more: Saifuddin registers five wickets on Bangladesh Cricket League opening day In reply, they tumbled for 155 for all wickets. Shamim Hossain bagged three wickets for North Zone, while Ripon Mondal and Shafiqul Islam took two wickets each. South Zone are currently leading the points table with two wins in two matches. East Zone are right behind them, with one win in two matches. North Zone also have one win in two matches, but East Zone bettered them with a better run rate. In this league, every team will face each other twice in the league phase. The top two teams of the league phase will take on each other in the final. The final will be played in Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium under the lights.