We are all set for Bangladesh Premier League season 4 which is scheduled to begin from 4th of November. It is not as cash rich league as compared to IPL and Big Bash but still features the best T20 players from around the world, with likes of Chris Gayle , Kumar Sangakkara , Andre Russell and many other cricketing stars from all over the globe taking part in this year’s BPL. It is going to be one of the top cricket league and all spectators are waiting for it to start desperately.
Here is all you need to know about teams before it begins :
1). Barisal Bulls
Squad : Mushfiqur Rahim (Icon), Taijul Islam, Al-Amin Hossain, Dilshan Munabera (SRI), Carlos Brathwaite (WI), Mohammad Nawaz (PAK ), Rayad Emrit (WI), Rumman Raees Khan (PAK), Monir Hossain Khan (Local), Shamsur Rahmam, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Abu Haider Rony, Nadeef Chowdhury, Josh Cobb (ENG), Mehedi Hasan, Shahriar Nafees
Head coach : Dav Whatmore
Owner : Axiom Technologies
Strength : They have a top class bowling attack with likes of Al-Amin,Abu Haider,Tajiul,Nawaz,Emrit and Brathwaite all of them have made a name for themselves.With such a top class bowling every team will find it tough to score runs against them.
Watch out for : Carlos Braithwaite I bet none of you have forgotten what he did to Ben Stokes at the WC finals . He has made a name for himself after that 4 sixes of 4 balls in last over to take WI to another title at T20 WC but since then he has not been able to show any such performance. Watch out for him to do something we want to see from him at the BPL.
2). Chittagong Vikings
Squad : Tamim Iqbal (Icon) , Anamul Haque Bijoy , Taskin Ahmed , Chris Gayle (WI) , Shoaib Malik (PAK) , Dwayne Smith (WI) , Chaturanga de Silva (SRI) , Grant Elliot (NZ) , Mohammad Nabi (AFG) , Imran Khan Jr (PAK) , Subashis Roy , Saqlain Sajib, Yasir Ali Chowdhury , Abdur Razzak, Jahurul Islam , Jeevan Mendis (SRI), Nazmul Hossain Milon , Tymal Mills (ENG), Md Shohidul Islam , Zakir Hasan , Jubair Hossain
Head coach: Mohammad Salahuddin
Owner : DBL Group
Strength : Super explosive batting line up with likes of Chris Gayle , Tamim Iqbal , Dwayne Smith and Shoaib Malik. Chris Gayle the name itself is a strength for a team as opposite teams are afraid of him a lot and they know if he gets going then the match is over.
Watch out for : Chris Gayle or “The World Boss” . He is likely to play full season of BPL for the first time. He will be the key player for Chittagong if they eye a title win this time.
Squad : Shakib Al Hasan (Icon), Nasir Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Kumar Sangakkara (SRI), Mahela Jayawardane (SRI), Andre Russell (WI), Dwayne Bravo(WI), Rovi Bopara (ENG), Evin Lewis (WI), Seekkuge Prasanna (SRI), Sanjamul Islam , Wayne Parnell(SA) , Alauddin Babu , Mehedi Maruf , Suhrawadi Shuvo, Mohammad Shahid, Tanveer Haider Khan , Imran Shukkur , Usama Mir (PAK)
Coach: Mickey Arthur
Owners: Salman F Rahman, Ahmed Shayan Fazlur Rahman (Beximco Holdings Limited)
Strength : They have got the most balanced side among all other teams with too many top quality all-rounders in the team . Andre Russell , DJ Bravo , Shakib , Prasanna , Nasir and Bopara . 6 world class all-rounders in one team what else you want in a T20 6 players who can bat and ball and other than that they have got Kumar Sangakkara top scorer of BPL 2015.
Watch out for : Kumar Sangakkara he was top scorer at BPL last year this time too all eyes are on him. He was in great form throughout English summer playing for Surrey and has never looked out of from since he has retired from International cricket.
4). Comilla Victorians
Squad : Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (Icon), Liton Kumar das, Imrul Kayes, Sohel Tanvir (PAK), Ashar Zaidi(PAK), Imad Wasim(PAK), Nuan Kulasekara (SRI), Khalid Latif(PAK), Tesara Perera (SRI), Shahzib Hasan (PAK), Ahmed Shehzad (PAK), Rovman Powell (WI), Marlon Samuels (WI), Nahidul Islam, Najmul Islam Shanto, Rashid Khan (AFG), Mohammad Al-Amin, Mohammad Saifuddin, Nahidul Islam, Jeson Holder (WI), Nazmul Hasan Shanto, Shahzaib Hasan, Nabil Samad, Mohammad Sharif, Jasim Uddin, Rasel Al Mamun, Shoikat Ali
Head coach: Mizanur Rahman Babul
Owner: Royal Sporting Limited
Strength : Lead by the great Mashrafe Bin Mortaza the man who has taken Bangladesh cricket to new heights. He is a great leader and sets high standard for himself and knows exactly how and when to utilize a player.
Watch out for : Imrul kayes he has been in great form against England in the recently concluded series. His presence in the top order is very good for the team and he too wants to seal his place in Bangladesh T20 side by performing at the big stage like BPL.
5). Khulna Titans
Squad : Mahmudullah Riyad (Icon), Shafiul Islam, Mosharrof Rubel, Nicholas Pooran (WI ), Kevon Cooper (WI), Riki Wessels (ENG), Mohammad Asgar (PAK ), Lendl Simmons (WI), Benny Howell (ENG), Ben Laughlin (AUS), Ariful Haque , Shuvagoto Hom, Taibur Rahman , Md Abdul Majid , Saidur Rahman , Alok Kapali, Andre Fletcher (WI), Junaid Khan (PAK), Md Hasanuzzaman , Nur Hossain Saddam , Naeem Islam jr, Abdul Halim
Coach: Stuart Law
Owner: Gemcon Sports
Strengths : They have got a very balanced side and they have got the best bunch of local talents available in Bangladesh. This is the only team who has got so many Bangladeshi youngsters and Internationalists in form of Riyad , Hom and Shafiul.
Watch out for : Kevon Cooper he is the highest wicket ticker in history of BPl. He has taken 49 wickets in 28 times he has bowled at an economy of 6.05. He will be the key for Khulna’s success this season.
6). Rangpur Rider
Squad : Soumya Sarkar (Icon), Arafat Sunny, Mohammad Mithun, Sharjeel Khan (PAK), Shahid Afridi (Captain), Mohammad Shahzad (AFG), Babar Azam (PAK), Dasun Shanaka (SRI), Richard Gleeson (ENG), Gidron Pope (WI), Nasir Jamshed (PAK), Rubel Hossain, Sachithra Senanayake (SRI), Sohag Gazi, Naeem Islam, Ziaur Rahman, Pinak Ghosh (BAN U-19), Mehrab Hossain Jossy (Local), Mukhtar Ali, Shahbaz Chouhan, Gihan Rupasinghe (SRI) , Liam Dawson (ENG)
Coach: Javed Omar
Strength : They have got too many explosive batsmen in the squad and have got best bowling line up with likes of Rubel,Ziaur,Sunny,Gazi,Dawson,Afridi. Their main strength remains in explosive batsmen’s like Sarjeel, Shahzad, Soumya ,Mithiun ,Afridi.
Watch out for : Soumya Sarkar he was having a good time with bat till last year but has lost his rhythm and has not been able to deliver since past 1 year which resulted him in loosing his place in the Bangladesh side . He needs to deliver to make a comeback into the team.
Squad : Sabbir Rahman (Icon), Mehedi Hasan Miraj , Nurul Hasan Sohan, Darren Summy (Captain), Milinda Siriwardana (SRI), Mohammad Sami (PAK), Upul Tharanga (SRI), Umar Akmal (PAK), Kesrick Williams (WI), , Farhad Reza, Ibadat Hossain, Mominul Haque, Najmul Hasan opu (Local), Samit Patel (ENG), Raqibul Hasan, Abul Hasan, Salman Hossain (Local), Roni Talukdar
Coach: Sarwar Imran
Owner: Mango Entertainment Limited
Strength : They have got a very balanced line up with Sammy in the team its always a strength. Sammy is a genius captain. He understand’s the game very well and they have got superb local boys in the team in form of Talukdar,Mominul,Sabbir,Mehdi,Reza,Nurul and Abdul this is the only team where we were able to spot 7 well known localities. Balance is the real strength
Watch out for : Mehdi Hasan Miraj 19 year old off spinner who can bat as well has been in the news for his 19 wickets against England in 4 innings. He has got great variations in his bowling and will be key for Rajashahi’s stint in BPL 4.
Note : We haven’t mentioned Weakness of teams because we are not confirm about the number of overseas players allowed in playing XI . Till last year it was 4 but this time it might be different maybe 5 but there is no official news.