The upcoming edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) promises significant roster changes as seasoned Bangladeshi cricketers Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal are set to switch teams. The BPL auction, scheduled for Sunday, September 24, has generated excitement among cricket enthusiasts as these two stalwarts make strategic moves.
Shakib Al Hasan Returns to Rangpur Riders
Shakib Al Hasan, one of Bangladesh’s most celebrated all-rounders, will make a homecoming as he returns to the Rangpur Riders. Shakib previously represented the franchise and has opted to leave the Fortune Barisal team. His presence in the Rangpur Riders’ lineup is expected to bolster their prospects in the upcoming season.
Tamim Iqbal Joins Khulna Tigers
In a noteworthy transfer, veteran opener Tamim Iqbal is set to don the Khulna Tigers’ jersey. Tamim will replace Shakib Al Hasan in the Fortune Barisal franchise. This move showcases the dynamic nature of player rosters in T20 leagues, offering fresh challenges and opportunities for seasoned campaigners like Tamim.
The BPL auction will feature 443 overseas players, including notable international stars like Rashid Khan, Wanindu Hasaranga, and Babar Azam. These overseas signings add a touch of glamour and international flair to the tournament, making it a captivating spectacle for cricket fans worldwide.
The BPL governing council has placed 203 local players in the player draft for the upcoming season, categorizing them into six groups. Among these categories, Mushfiqur Rahim commands the highest base price, falling under Category A with a price tag of BDT 80 Lakhs. The inclusion of various categories ensures a fair distribution of local talent across teams.
Notable Placement: Soumya Sarkar in Category D
An intriguing development in the draft is the placement of Soumya Sarkar in Category D. Despite being considered a forthcoming World Cup prospect and a part of the Bangladesh ODI squad for the ongoing series against New Zealand, Sarkar finds himself in this category. This placement adds an element of surprise, raising questions about the selection criteria.
Nasir Hossain’s Absence Due to ICC Charges
Former Bangladesh all-rounder Nasir Hossain, who captained the Dhaka franchise in the previous season, is conspicuously absent from the domestic player draft. The reason for his exclusion is the corruption charges levied against him by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in connection with the Abu Dhabi T10 League. The charges include failing to disclose gifts, details of corrupt conduct approaches, and non-cooperation with the investigation. Until cleared of these charges, Nasir remains ineligible to participate in domestic tournaments in Bangladesh.