Bangladesh T20 skipper Mahmudullah will lead Minister Dhaka in the upcoming eighth edition of the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League T20, scheduled from January 21.
Dhaka earlier roped in three senior cricketers - Mahmudullah, Tamim Iqbal and Mashrafe Mortaza – from the players’ draft event for the lone franchise-based T20 tournament of the country.
Meanwhile, Chattogram Challengers coach Paul Nixon insisted that he is confident that his young team can go a long way in the tournament.
Chattogram made a surprising move by opting for left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed as their direct signing when they had the chance to pick any senior cricketer from the Dhaka trio considering none of them was picked directly by the franchises ahead of the player’s draft. Mehidy Hasan is expected to lead Chattogram in the tournament.
“It’s a young team but I feel we can go a long way in the tournament,” said the Englishman.
Comilla Victorians came up with the biggest surprise by roping former national head coach Steve Rhodes in the squad in an advisory position.
The inclusion of Rhodes was nothing short of a shock considering Comilla already signed Mohammad Salahuddin as their head coach and he previously earned success with them in the past.
Rhodes also spent some time with his former charges - Mashrafee and Mahmudullah during their practice session.
Salahuddin said that he is eyeing to work with the Englishman.
“He is an experienced coach and he was one of the most successful coaches of Bangladesh so naturally I can learn a lot from him. He can provide us with some good output and naturally it will help the team,” said Salahuddin.
Comilla, meanwhile, might not get the service of their wicketkeeper-batsman Liton Das in their opening two matches of the tournament after the national team medical board suggested him taking a rest for a few days.
Meanwhile, Shakib Al Hasan joined the practice session of Fortune Barishal on Monday ahead of the upcoming BBPL.
Fortune Barisal batting coach Nazmul Abedin Fahim said that he is confident that Shakib will be back at his best during the tournament.
“I have worked with Shakib even before the start of the tournament regarding his big-hitting and power-hitting and today I saw some of the balls crossed quite a long distance when he was batting and I feel after three to four days practice he can do that more consistently,” said Fahim
“I think he needs to play big shots considering he bats at the top,” he added.