The Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) is set to start on November 2 and Rajshahi Kings securing the services of ‘cutter master’ Mustafizur Rahman was the highlight of the players’ draft ahead of the razzle-dazzle of the tournament.
Since the franchises have retained four local players from the previous edition and brought in foreign players from outside the players' draft, the excitement surrounding the event diminished to some extent. Each franchise had to select a minimum seven local and two foreign players from the draft.
Sylehet Sixers are coming back in the form of Surma Sylhet Sixers as they return after a year’s gap.
We take a look at the rosters of the BPL sides after the players’ draft.
Local Players: Shakib Al Hasan (icon) , Abu Hider, Jahurul Islam, Nadif Chowdhury, Saqlain Sajib,Mosaddek Hossain, Mehedi Maruf, Syed Khaled Ahmed, Shadman Islam, Noor Hossain Saddam, Mohammad Shahid
Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Evin Lewis, Cameron Delport, Shane Watson, Kevon Cooper, Rovman Powell, Shahid Afridi, Sunil Narine, Graeme Cremer, Mohammad Shahid, Mohammed Amir, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Ronsford Beaton, Joe Denly, Akeal Hosein.
Local Players: Mushfiqur Rahim (icon), Mominul Haque,Mustafizur Rahman, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Farhad Reza, Zakir Hasan, Nihaduzzaman, Rony Talukdar, , Naeem Islam jnr, Kazi Anik
Foreign Players: Luke Wright, Lendl SimmonsMalcom Waller, James Franklin, Darren Sammy, Samit Patel, Kesrick Williams, Mohammad Sami,Usama Mir, Raja Ali Dar, Hossain Ali
Local Players: Mahmudullah Riyad (icon), Shafiul Islam, Ariful Haque, Mosharraf Hossain, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Abu Jayed Rahi, Afif Hossain, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Imran Ali, Mukter Ali, Dhiman Ghosh, Saif Hassan
Foreign Players: Rillee Roussow, Dawid Malan,Chadwick Walton, Sarfraz Ahmed, Carlos Brathwaite, Seekkuge Prasanna, Shadab Khan, Kyle Abbott, Benny Howell, Junaid Khan, Shehan Jayasurya, Jofra Archer, Chris Lynn
Local Players: Mashrafe Mortaza (icon), Rubel Hossain, Shahriar Nafees, Mohammad Mithun, Abdur Razzak, Ebadat Hossain, Sohag Gazi, Nazmul Islam Apu, Ziaur Rahman, Fazle Mahmud, Elias Sunny, Nahidul Islam.
Foreign Players: Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum, Adam Lyth, Kusal Perera, Johnson Charles, Ravi Bopara, Thisara Perera, David Willey, Samuel Badree, Sam Hain, Samiullah Shenwari, Zahir Khan.
Surma Sylhet Sixers:
Local Players: Sabbir Rahman (icon), Nasir Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Taijul Islam, Abul Hasan, Shuvagata Hom, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Nabil Samad, Mohammad Sharif, Imtiaz Hossain, Mohammad Sharifullah.
Foreign Players: Babar Azam, Liam Plunkett, Wanidu Hasaranga, Dasun Shanaka, Andre Fletcher, Krismar Santokei, Chaturanga de Silva, Davy Jacobs, Andre McCarthy, Ross Whiteley, Usman Khan Shinwari, Ghulam Mudasser Khan.
Local Players: Tamim Iqbal (icon), Imrul Kayes, Liton Das, Mohammad Saifuddin, Al-Amin Hossain Jr, Arafat Sunny, Alok Kapali, Mahedi Hasan, Mehedi Hasan Rana, Enamul Haque, Raqibul Hasan.
Foreign Players: Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Jos Buttler, Shoaib Malik, Hassan Ali, Mohammed Nabi, Rashid Khan, Imran Khan Jr, Solomon Mire, Rumman Raees, Fahim Ashraf.
Local Players: Soumya Sarkar (icon), Anamul Haque, Taskin Ahmed, Subashis Roy, Sunzamul Islam, Al-Amin, Alauddin Babu, Tanbir Hayder, Irfan Sukkur, Naeem Hasan, Yasir Arafat Mishu.
Foreign Players: Misbah-ul-Haq, Luke Ronchi, Jermaine Blackwood, Liam Dawson, Jeevan Mendis, Najibullah Zadran, Luis Reece, Sikandar Raza.
A total of 348 players which included 208 foreign players, were enlisted in the BPL players' draft. England formed the largest contingent of foreign players with 62 players. Pakistan had 46 players and there were 26 players from Sri Lanka
Cricketers from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Zimbabwe, UAE, Ireland and Afghanistan completed the rest of the list..