Rangpur Riders may not be a new entrant in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), but they are certainly a new look one under the ownership of Bashundhara Group. Rangpur Riders may not be a new entrant in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), but they are certainly a new look one under the ownership of Bashundhara Group. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ দল নিয়ে খুশি রংপুর ফ্রাঞ্জাইজি]
For the first time ever, Bashundhara has become owners of a BPL franchise, that too of Rangpur which is most probably going to be led by Mashrafe Bin Mortaza – undoubtedly the most successfull captain in the history of the tournament.
Rangpur team has been set up with the Players’ Draft being held on Saturday (September 17). With a perfect combination of local stars added with foreign recruitment, Rangpur is one of the most expensive teams of this BPL alongside Comilla Victorians.
According to the accounts of the BPL governing council, Rangpur Riders and Comilla Victorians who will spend the highest amount of TK 26,200,000 each to pay their local and overseas players.
And Bashundhara Group’s vice chairman Safwan Sobhan is quite satisfied with the squad they have finally been able to pick up. “We have got almost 90 percent of what we had wanted. Specially we have got the ones we had targetted. We are very happy. Our expectation level did not exceed, but it came as close as to 90 percent.”
A confident Safwan once again reiterated the 90 percent theory regarding the possibility of his side’s success in the tournament proper, “With the side we have got, I am 90 percent confident that we will give ood fight on the field. I can’t say this right now if we could become the champions. You will know it once the tournament gets underway.”
Rangpur Riders: Adam Lyth, Kusal Perera, Johnson Charles, Mohammad Mithun, Ravi Bopara, Thisara Perera, David Willey, Sohag Gazi, Samuel Badree, Rubel Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza, Shahriar Nafees, Nazmul Islam Apu, Ziaur Rahman, Fazle Mahmud, Sam Hain, Samiullah Shenwari, Abdur Razzak, Ebadat Hossain, Elias Sunny, Nahidul Islam, Zahir Khan
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com