Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had earlier announced that this year’s Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) will be organized to celebrate the birth anniversary of the father of Bengali nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The seven-team mega event is no longer a franchise-based tournament.
The 7th edition of the BPL Players’ Draft will be held at a five-star hotel in Dhaka on Sunday, November 17.
Last year, the number of local cricketers was 185 in the players’ draft. This time it has risen to 209. At the same time, their base prices have been increased as demanded by the cricketers. This year, the base price of the ‘A Plus’ category has been estimated at Tk. 40 to 75 lakh, whereas in the previous BPL this grade was up to 40 to 65 lakh. The base price of ‘A’ grade has been increased to Tk. 25 to lakh. However, the number of cricketers in these two grades is only 14. As a result, the value of the remaining cricketers remains the same. The selectors’ committee, led by Minhajul Abedin Nannu and Habibul Bashar Sumon, has already changed a few players in some grades in the draft proposed players. Liton Das has been degraded from ‘A Plus’ to ‘A’ grade. All-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin and spinner Taijul Islam have been upgraded from ‘B’ to ‘A’ grades. Again Soumya Sarkar has been degraded from ‘A’ to ‘B’ grade. The other players who have been deraded from ‘A’ to ‘B’ are Abu Hider Rony, Anamul Haque Bijoy, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Ariful Haque and Nazmul Islam Apu. The countdown to commemorate the birth anniversary of the father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman will begin from December 8. On that day, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the tournament. The tournament will be held on December 11 this year.
Grade (A Plus): Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mustafizur Rahman.
Grade (A): Mosaddek Hossain, Abu Jayed Rahi, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Liton Das, Taijul Islam, Mohammad Saifuddin, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Mohammad Mithun.
Grade (B): Abu Hider Rony, Shafiul Islam, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Anamul Haque Bijoy, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Shuvagata Hom Chowdhury, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Shahriar Nafees, Jahurul Islam Ami, Farhad Reza, Mohammad Al Amin, Mehedi Hasan, Afif Hossain, Fazle Mahmud Rabbi, Yasir Ali Chowdhury Rabbi, Roni Talukder, Ariful Haque, Nazmul Islam Apu, Sanjamul Islam, Naeem Hasan, Soumya Sarkar.
Grade (C): Abul Hasan Raju, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Subashis Roy, Alok Kapali, Sohag Gazi, Junaid Siddique, Shamsur Rahman, Syed Khaled Ahmed, Al-Amin Hossain (Senior), Arafat Sunny, Tanbir Hayder Khan, Marshal Ayub, Mahmudul Hasan Limon, Abdul Mazid, Nadif Chowdhury, Irfan Sukkur, Mohammad Saif Hassan, Mohammad Sharifullah, Delwar Hossain, Monir Hossain Khan, Nabil Samad, Ziaur Rahman, Muktar Ali, Alauddin Babu, Sohrawordi Shuvo, Mehedi Maruf, Naeem Islam, Rakibul Hasan, Saqlain Sajib, Ebadot Hossain, Mehedi Hassan Rana, Nahidul Islam, Shahidul Islam, Mohammad Naim Sheikh, Robiul Haque, Kazi Anik, Zakir Hasan, Jaker Ali Anik, Nasir Hossain, Khondaker Mosharraf Hossain Rubel, Towhid Hridoy, Shariful Islam and Abdur Razzak.
Grade (D): Mohammad Ashraful, Dhiman Ghosh, Rabiul Islam, Nazmul Hasan Milon, Imtiaz Hossain Tanna, Asif Ahmed Ratul, Tasamul Haque Rubel, Farhad Hossain, Avishek Mitra, Amit Majumder, Mizanur Rahman, Jubair Hossain, Jabid Hossain, Shahadat Hossain, Saeed Sarkar, Ashikuzzaman, Noor Hossain Saddam, Abdul Halim, Sanjit Saha, Ariful Islam Jonny, Sahel Ahmed Shaon Gazi, Ahmed Sadikur Rahman, Rasel Al Mamun, Habibur Rahman, Iftekhar Sajjad Roni, Mohammad Hasanuzzaman, Sajjadul Haque, Abu Sayem, Salman Hossain, Taibur Rahman Parvez, Mohammad Jasim Uddin, Mohammad Asif, Imran Ali, Hossain Ali, Jubair Hossain Likhon, Maishikur Rahman, Sajedul Islam, Naeem Islam Jr, Bishawnath Halder, Rahatul Ferdous Javed, Mohammad Noor Hossain, Pinak Ghosh, Mohammad Azim, Asif Hasan, Mahidul Islam Ankon, Fardin Hossain Ani, Rabiul Islam Robi, Rubel Mia, Mohor Sheikh Antar, Sajjad Hossain Sabbir, Tanvir Islam, Jony Talukdar, Mohammad Shakil Ahmed, Touhid Tarek Khan, Rakin Ahmed, Sabbir Hossain, Minhajul Abedin Afridi, Manik Khan, Mukidul Islam, Hasan Mahmud, Irfan Hossain, Aminul Islam Biplob, Suman Khan, Shariful Islam Mamun, Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Shamim Hossain, Akbar Ali, Shahadat Hossain, Rakibul Hasan , Minhazur Rahman Mohon, Mohammad Rishad Hossain, Avishek Das, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Tanzim Hasan Sakib, Mohammad Parvez Hossain Emon, Mohammad Hasan Murad, Mohammad Sharif, Mohammad Ilyas, Nihaduzzaman and Enamul Haque Jr.
Grade (E): Joyraz Sheik, Shafiul Hayat, Mehrab Hossain, Tawhidul Islam, Islamul Ahsan, Nasum Ahmed, Mohammad Murad Khan, Amitabh Nayan, Taposh Ghosh, Ali Ahmed Manik, Raihan Uddin, Shahbaz Chouhan, Saghir Hossain Pavel, Ajmir Hossain, Mamun Hossain, Sujon Hawlader, Shahanur Rahman, Mahmudul Hasan, Nabin Islam, Golam Kabir Sohail, Kazi Kamrul Islam, Shakil Hossain, Nahid Hasan, Ruhel Ahmed, Masum Khan, Shakhawat Hossain, Tipu Sultan, Mohammad Nuruzzaman, Zakaria Masud, Hasan Mahmud, Mohammad Rakib, Sajjadul Haque Ripon, Shanaj Ahmed, Anamul Haque, Salauddin Pappu, Rony Hossain, Faruk Hossain, Munim Shahriar, Mahbubul Alam Anik, Rafsan Mahmud, Moinul Islam Sohel, Nirjan Baidya, Masum Khan Tutul, Mohammad Ishak, Saymon Ahmed, Mohammad Shahin Alam and Mohammad Rubel Mia.