The sixth edition of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 is set to begin from Saturday at the capital’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
Two matches will be played at the venue on the opening day. In the first match, scheduled to start at 12:30pm, defending champions Rangpur Riders will take on Sylhet Sixers and in the second encounter of the day, Dhaka Dynamites will clash with Rajshahi Kings.
Forty-six matches of BPL will be played at three venues in Dhaka, Chattogram and Sylhet. All the matches of the knock-out stage will take place in Dhaka.
The clash for the crown will be fierce this time with all seven teams confident of climbing to the top.
The BPL governing council has decided to introduce the Decision Review System (DRS) and use Spidercam from this edition.
Twenty-eight matches will be played in Dhaka while Chattogram and Sylhet will host 10 and eight matches respectively. The Sylhet phase of BPL will start from January 15 and end on the 19th. On the other hand, the Chattogram phase will commence from January 25 and conclude on 30.
All the matches will be telecast by Gazi TV and Maasranga TV.
BPL’s final and all the play-off matches will be held in Dhaka. The first match of each day will start at 12:30pm and the second match at 5:20pm. But on Fridays, the first game will kick off at 2pm and the second match at 7pm.
The last five editions of BPL were won by Dhaka Gladiators (two times), Comilla Victorians, Dhaka Dynamites and Rangpur Riders.
Rangpur Riders: Mashrafe Mortaza, Nazmul Islam, Mohammad Mithun, Chris Gayle, Alex Hales, AB de Villiers, Shafiul Islam, Sohag Gazi, Farhad Reza, Mehedi Maruf, Ravi Bopara, Rilee Rossouw, Nahidul Islam, Nadif Chowdhury, Abul Hasan, Benny Howell
Dhaka Dynamites: Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Hazratullah Zazai, Andre Russell, Rubel Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Rony Talukdar, Shuvagata Hom, Andrew Birch, Ian Bell, Qazi Onik, Mohammad Asif Hasan, Naim Sheikh
Comilla Victorians: Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Saifuddin, Shoaib Malik, Asela Gunaratne, Liam Dawson, Abu Hider Rony, Anamul Haque, Ziaur Rahman, Shahid Afridi, Thisara Perera, Mosharraf Hossain, Mohammad Shahid, Shamsur Rahman, Sanjit Saha, Evin Lewis, Waqar Salamkheil, Aamer Yamin
Chittagong Vikings: Sunzamul Islam, Sikandar Raza, Luke Ronchi, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Shahzad, Robbie Frylinck, Mosaddek Hossain, Abu Jayed, Khaled Ahmed, Nayeem Hasan, Cameron Delport, Dasun Shanaka, Mohammad Ashraful, Robiul Haque, Yasir Ali, Nihaduzzaman, Najibullah Zadran, Shadman Islam
Khulna Titans: Mahmudullah, Ariful Haque, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Carlos Brathwaite, Dawid Malan, Jahurul Islam, Shariful Islam, Taijul Islam, Al-Amin, Zahir Khan, Sherfane Rutherford, Subashis Roy, Junaid Siddique, Mahidul Islam Ankon, Tanvir Islam, Lasith Malinga, Yasir Shah, Brendan Taylor, Paul Stirling.
Rajshahi Kings: Mominul Haque, Mehidy Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Zakir Hasan, Qais Ahmad, Christiaan Jonker, Soumya Sarkar, Fazle Mahmud, Arafat Sunny, Alauddin Babu, Isuru Udana, Laurie Evans, Marshall Ayub, Kamrul Islam , Ryan ten Doeschate, Seekkuge Prasanna, Mohammad Sami, Mohammad Hafeez
Sylhet Sixers: Nasir Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Liton Das, Sohail Tanvir, David Warner, Sandeep Lamichhane, Afif Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Al-Amin Hossain, Towhid Hridoy, Imran Tahir, Mohammad Irfan, Nabil Samad, Ebadat Hossain, Alok Kapali, Jaker Ali, Gulbadin Naib, Andre Fletcher, Mehedi Hasan Rana, Patrick Brown, Nicholas Pooran.