Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman became the first player to be picked up at the players’ draft of the Bangladesh Premier League. The draft which was held in Dhaka, saw the Rajshahi Kings bag Mutafizur for a sum of USD 60,000. Chief executive of the Rajshahi Kings, Tahmid Azizul Haque spoke to cricbuzz and expressed delight at securing the services of Rahman. “We are lucky to have him. It was a pleasant surprise but the moment we availed the opportunity, we made up our mind to go after Fizz,” Azizul Haque said.
It may be recalled here that Rahman had missed out on enjoying the status of an icon player after the Barisal Bulls were disbanded.
Meanwhile, here is the list of the squads of the teams in this year’s BPL-
Rajshahi Kings: Mushfiqur Rahim (Icon), Lendl Simmons, Darren Sammy, Kesrick Williams (Windies), Malcom Waller (Zimbabwe), James Franklin (New Zealand), Luke Wright, Farhad Reza, Samit Patel (England), Mohammad Sami (Pakistan), Mominul Haque, Mehidy Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Zakir Hasan, Nihaduzzaman, Rony Talukdar, Usama Mir, Raja Ali Dar, Hossain Ali, Naeem Islam jnr, Kazi Anik
Dhaka Dynamites: Shakib Al Hasan (Icon), Kumar Sangakkara (wk) (Sri Lanka), Cameron Delport (South Africa), Shane Watson (Australia), Evin Lewis, Kevon Cooper, Rovman Powell, Ronsford Beaton, Sunil Narine (Windies), Shahid Afridi (Pakistan), Graeme Cremer (Zimbabwe), Mohammed Amir, Shaheen Shah Afridi (Pakistan), Mehedi Maruf, Mosaddek Hossain, Abu Hider, Mohammad Shahid, Jahurul Islam, Nadif Chowdhury, Saqlain Sajib, Joe Denly (England), Akeal Hosein, Syed Khaled Ahmed, Shadman Islam, Noor Hossain Saddam
Chittagong Vikings: Soumya Sarkar (Icon), Yasir Arafat, Misbah-ul-Haq (Pakistan), Luke Ronchi (wk) (New Zealand), Jermaine Blackwood (Windies), Sikandar Raza (Zimbabwe), Luis Reece, Liam Dawson (England), Jeevan Mendis (Sri Lanka), Najibullah Zadran (Afghanistan), Anamul Haque (wk), Taskin Ahmed, Subashis Roy, Sunzamul Islam, Al-Amin, Alauddin Babu, Tanbir Hayder, Irfan Sukkur, Naeem Hasan
Comilla Victorians: Tamim Iqbal (Icon), Imrul Kayes, Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo (Windies), Shoaib Malik (Pakistan), Jos Buttler (England), Solomon Mire (Zimbabwe), Mohammed Nabi (Afghanistan), Rashid Khan (Afghanistan), Hasan Ali, Rumman Raees, Fahim Ashraf, Imran Khan Jr (Pakistan), Liton Das (wk), Mohammad Saifuddin, Al-Amin Hossain, Arafat Sunny, Alok Kapali, Mehidy Hasan, Mehedi Hasan Rana, Enamul Haque, Raqibul Hasan
Khulna Titans: Mahmudullah (Icon), Rillee Roussow, Kyle Abbott (South Africa), Benny Howell, Jofra Archer, Dawid Malan (England), Chadwick Walton, Carlos Brathwaite (Windies), Shadab Khan, Sarfraz Ahmed, Junaid Khan (Pakistan), Shehan Jayasurya, Seekkuge Prasanna (Sri Lanka), Mosharraf Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Abu Jayed Rahi, Afif Hossain, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Imran Ali, Mukter Ali, Dhiman Ghosh, Saif Hassan, Ariful Haque
Rangpur Riders: Mashrafe Mortaza (Icon), David Willey, Ravi Bopara, Adam Lyth (England), Thisara Perera, Kusal Perera (Sri Lanka), Samuel Badree, Johnson Charles (Windies), Mohammad Mithun, Sohag Gazi, Rubel Hossain, Shahriar Nafees, Nazmul Islam Apu, Ziaur Rahman, Fazle Mahmud, Sam Hain, Samiullah Shenwari, Abdur Razzak, Ebadat Hossain, Elias Sunny, Nahidul Islam, Zahir Khan
Sylhet Sixers: Sabbir Rahman (Icon), Babar Azam (Pakistan), Krishmar Santokie, Usman Khan Shinwari, Andre McCarthy, Andre Fletcher (Windies), Davy Jacobs (South Africa), Liam Plunkett, Ross Whiteley (England), Chaturanga de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (Sri Lanka), Nasir Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Wanidu Hasaranga, Taijul Islam, Abul Hasan, Shuvagata Hom, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Nabil Samad, Ghulam Mudasser Khan, Mohammad Sharif, Imtiaz Hossain, Mohammad Sharifullah