T20 superstar Chris Gayle will be available for Rangpur Riders throughout the BPL 5 season which begins in November. Ishtiaque Sadeque, the franchise’s chief executive, has confirmed it. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ পুরো মৌসুমের গেইলের খেলা নিশ্চিত করেছে রংপুর]
Earlier Gayle was signed for last four matches. But Global T20 League postponement has made doors open for Gayle and some other foreign players to play full season in BPL.
Gayle’s demand in T20 cricket is very high all around the world. He had played for four franchises in BPL; Barisal Burners and Dhaka Gladiators in first two editions and, Barisal Bulls and Chittagong Vikings in previous two seasons. The Jamaican wasn’t available throughout the tournament in any of those seasons.
The ‘Universe Boss’ has amassed 10571 runs in 309 T20 matches (303 innings) at an average of 40.5. He has the most number of centuries in this format, 18. Three of those tons came in BPL.
Riders have also brought Sri Lanka’s bowling star Lasith Malinga for the BPL 2017 edition. The squad includes T20 specialists Ravi Bopara, Samuel Badree, Thisara Perera as well.
Rangpur Riders squad:
Locals: Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (icon), Mohammad Mithun, Rubel Hossain, Sohag Gazi, Shahriar Nafees, Nazmul Islam Apu, Ziaur Rahman, Fazle Rabbi, Abdur Razzak, Ebadat Hossain, Elias Sunny, Nahidul Islam.
Foreigners: Chris Gayle, Ravi Bopara, David Willey, Samuel Badree, Johnson Charles, Thisara Perera, Kusal Perera, Adam Lyth, Samiullah Shenwari, Sam Haine, Zahir Khan, Lasith Malinga.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com