BPL is more fun than BBL: Russell
West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell will lead Rajshahi Royals in the upcoming edition of the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
Despite having a new system new rules, new teams and all the hassles, West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell chose BPL over Australia’s Big Bash. He has now also got the opportunity to lead a BPL team for the first time. The all-rounder will be leading Rajshahi Royals this season.
Russell’s decision took everyone by surprise, but he revealed on Tuesday why he preferred BPL over BBL. The hospitality of Bangladesh and the special edition of this tournament made it too easy to decide for the all-rounder.
“The tournament [BPL] is more fun and it is shorter and so less time away from home,” Russell told reporters when he was asked why he picked BPL. “I get a lot of love here. The hospitality and everything is amazing. You get a warm welcome on this side of the world. I never really think twice. Once I heard this was happening, new rules, new teams, new owners and new franchise. I was interested to be part of it. I wanted to get the ball rolling.”
The Rajshahi Royals skipper also said he is honoured for getting the responsibility and expressed his determination to perform well for his side.
“I am honoured to be given the responsibility of leading the team. Regardless, I always look at myself as a player in the heat. I have a very big role in any team I play for. It is going to be something new for me outside the Caribbean. I have led Jamaica Tallawahs before. It will be interesting and I am up for a challenge,” he said.