With slow progression, the Bangladesh Premier League, is entering into its fifth edition on 4th of November, 2017 with two matches to commence in the opening day of the tournament. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ স্বাগতিক সিলেটের মুখোমুখি চ্যাম্পিয়ন ঢাকা]
Defending champion Dhaka Dynamites will kick off their title defending venture in the first day against the match with Sylhet Sixers on 2 pm local time. On the other part of the day, one of the strong contenders of this year’s BPL, Rangpur Riders will take on Rajshahi Kings on 7 pm. Both matches will take place at the Sylhet International Stadium.
The competing teams of BPL-5 will be under quite new look after BPL governing body allowed five overseas cricketers to join in the playing eleven instead of previous four.
The season start anew for fans and followers of Sylhet as the tournament is going to launch outside Dhaka for the first time in the history of the tournament.
The locations and player’s residence in Sylhet are under severe security and protections to prevent any sort of mishap during the most popular domestic T20 competition of the country. Reminding about the issue, BPL governing council secretary Ismail Haider Mollick reminded of the tough regulations of Board president’s in this regard.
“Our board president told us that we should have the system in place to tackle anti-corruption,” he said.
“We had to focus on anti-corruption after the first edition, and we spent around Tk 5 crore by hiring the entire ICC anti-corruption team.
“We wanted the tribunal in 2013, before holding the next event, so we skipped the tournament in 2014.”
He further said, “We want to spread the tournament across Bangladesh. In the future, we will be very happy if we can have home and away matches. BPL is growing slowly but going through a bigger hype,”
Sylhet Sixers (From): Sabbir Rahman(c), Babar Azam, Krishmar Santokie, Usman Khan, Andre Fletcher(w), Davy Jacobs, Liam Plunkett, Ross Whiteley, Chaturanga de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Nasir Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Wanidu Hasaranga, Taijul Islam, Abul Hasan, Shuvagata Hom, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Nabil Samad, Ghulam Mudassar, Mohammad Sharif, Imtiaz Hossain, Sharifullah, Upul Tharanga, Andre McCarthy.
Dhaka Dynamites (From): Mehedi Maruf, Evin Lewis, Mosaddek Hossain, Kumar Sangakkara(w), Shakib Al Hasan(c), Sunil Narine, Cameron Delport, Shane Watson, Kevon Cooper, Rovman Powell, Ronsford Beaton, Shahid Afridi, Graeme Cremer, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afradi, Abu Hider Rony, Mohammad Shahid, Jahurul Islam, Nadif Chowdhury, Saqlain Sajib, Joe Denly, Akeal Hosein, Khaled Ahmed, Shadman Islam, Noor Hossain
Rangpur Riders (From): Mashrafe Mortaza, David Willey, Ravi Bopara, Adam Lyth, Thisara Perera, Kusal Perera(w), Samuel Badree, Johnson Charles, Mohammad Mithun, Sohag Gazi, Rubel Hossain, Shahriar Nafees, Nazmul Islam, Ziaur Rahman, Fazle Mahmud, Sam Hain, Samiullah Shenwari, Abdur Razzak, Ebadat Hossain, Elias Sunny, Nahidul Islam, Zahir Khan, Shamsur Rahman, Brendon McCullum(c), Chris Gayle, Lasith Malinga.
Rajshahi Kings (From): Mushfiqur Rahim(w/c), Lendl Simmons, Darren Sammy, Kesrick Williams, Malcolm Waller, James Franklin, Luke Wright, Farhad Reza, Samit Patel, Mohammad Sami, Mominul Haque, Mustafizur Rahman, Zakir Hasan, Nihaduzzaman, Rony Talukdar, Usama Mir, Raza Ali Dar, Hossain Ali, Naeem Islam jnr, Kazi Anik.