Cricket fans in Bangladesh, and around the world, are gearing up for the fourth edition of the Bangladesh Premier League, which should be exciting, with boundaries and sixes set to entertain all and sundry. The BPL will take shape from Friday onwards, with the final set to be played on December 9.
The magnitude of the competition can always be gauged by the number of high-profile players set to be involved in the competition along with domestic players. Though many bilateral series between big Test playing nations are happening throughout the world, the BPL has still managed to sign some big names for the competition from West Indies and Pakistan as well.
Former cricketers like Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene will also battle it out in the competition. One look at all the teams in the competition reflects that the franchises have a good mix of experienced players and youngsters, with some international players as well. But, teams cannot depend on foreign players alone, all the players need to contribute towards the team's success.
Dhaka Dynamites, earlier known as the Dhaka Gladiators, are the most successful team in the competition, having won the first two editions. They look a strong team this season as well, but they will need their star players like Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Shakib Al Hasan, Ravi Bopara to shine in the league.
Comilla Victorians are the defending champions, and they will go all out to retain the title. Other teams like Barisal Bulls, Chittagong Vikings, Khulna Titans, Rangpur Riders and Rajshahi Kings will be aiming to sparkle in the fourth edition of the BPL to win their first title.
Her is the squad for all teams in Bangladesh Premier League 2016
Dhaka Dynamites: Evin Lewis, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Shakib Al Hasan, Ravi Bopara, Nasir Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Seekugge Prasanna, Wayne Parnell, Sanjamul Islam, Alauddin Babu, Suhrawadi Shuvo, Mehedi Maruf, Usama Mir, Mohammad Shahid, Irfan Shukkur, Tanveer Haider
Key Player: Shakib Al Hasan
Comilla Victorians: Imrul Kayes, Liton Das, Ashar Zaidi, Imad Wasim, Thisara Perera, Mashrafe Mortaza, Sohail Tanvir, Nuwan Kulasekera, Rashid Khan, Rovman Powell, Khalid Latif, Shahzaib Hasan, Al-Amin, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Nahidul Islam, Mohammad Saifuddin, Jason Holder, Mohammad Sharif, Nabil Samad, Jasimuddin, Saikat Ali, Rasel Al Mamun
Key Player: Thisara Perera
Chittagong Vikings: Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Chris Gayle, Dwayne Smith, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Nabi, Taskin Ahmed, Chaturanga de Silva, Grant Elliott, Imran Khan jnr, Abdur Razzak, Subashis Roy, Jahurul Islam, Nazmul Hossain Milon, Jeevan Mendis, Tymal Mills, Zakir Hasan, Saqlain Sajib, Shahidul Islam, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Jubair Hossain
Key Player: Chris Gayle
Barisal Bulls: Rumman Raees, Dilshan Munaweera, Mushfiqur Rahim, Al-Amin Hossain, Taijul Islam, Mohammad Nawaz, Carlos Brathwaite, Shamsur Rahman, Abu Hider, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Nadif Chowdhury, Josh Cobb, Mahedi Hasan, Monir Hossain Khan, Shahriar Nafees
Key Player: Carlos Brathwaite
Khulna Titans: Mahmudullah, Nicholas Pooran, Riki Wessels, Kevon Cooper, Mohammad Asghar, Benny Howell, Mosharraf Hossain, Lendl Simmons, Ben Laughlin, Shuvagata Hom, Ariful Haque, Abdul Majid, Alok Kapali, Andre Fletcher, Junaid Khan, Hasanuzzaman, Naeem Islam jnr, Noor Hossain Saddam, Taibur Rahman, Abdul Halim, Shafiul Islam
Key Player: Lendl Simmons
Rangpur Riders: Soumya Sarkar, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Shahzad, Gidron Pope, Mohammad Mithun, Babar Azam, Shahid Afridi, Dasun Shanaka, Arafat Sunny, Richard Gleeson, Nasir Jamshed, Sachithra Senanayake, Rubel Hossain, Sohag Gazi, Ziaur Rahman, Naeem Islam, Gihan Rupasinghe, Elias Sunny, Pinak Ghosh, Muktar Ali, Mehrab Hossain, Shahbaz Chouhan
Key Player: Sharjeel Khan
Rajshahi Kings: Sabbir Rahman, Darren Sammy, Mohammad Sami, Nurul Hasan, Milinda Siriwardana, Upul Tharanga, Mominul Haque, Farhad Reza, Nazmul Islam, Raqibul Hasan, Samit Patel, Abul Hasan, Rony Talukdar, Salman Hossain, Ebadot Hossain, Mehedi Hasan Miraz.
Key Player: Mehedi Hasan Miraz