Three-time champions Comilla Victorians and one-time champions Rangpur Riders formed balanced squads for the upcoming ninth edition of Bangladesh Premier League, scheduled to start on January 6.
Comilla can claim them lucky as they confirmed the service of Liton Das for the upcoming edition after they got the opportunity to make the first call in the players’ draft, held at a city hotel on Wednesday.
Alongside Comilla, no other franchise was also willing to sign him directly for the competition despite his recent form in the shortest format.
“We have picked Mustafizur (as a direct signing) as we wanted to make sure that our bowling strength is not compromised. In that sense, you can say we are lucky to have the first call and get Liton,” Comilla head coach Mohammad Salahuddin told The Daily Sun.
If Salahuddin claims to be lucky to have Liton, Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim can claim themselves lucky as well as they will play alongside their two long-time friends - Shakib Al Hasan and Mashrafe bin Mortaza - respectively in Fortune Barishal and Sylhet Strikers.
Meanwhile, after a lot of drama, the Bangladesh Cricket Board eventually managed a franchise for Dhaka as Rupa Fabrics managed to come up with the payment despite failing to clear in the stipulated time frame earlier. Although there were no known faces in Dhaka’s table during the players’ draft, Dhaka Dominators manager Sikdar Abul Hashem later confirmed to The Daily Sun that they have roped in legendary Sri Lankan pace bowler Chaminda Vaas as their head coach.
Meanwhile, Rangpur formed their team with a blend of youth and experience and according to their executive director, Shanian Taneem, they are well aware of when and where they will get their foreign recruits.
Meanwhile, Unmukt Chand, the 2012 Under-19 World Cup-winning captain of India, will become the first Indian to feature in the BPL as Chattogram Challengers picked him during the draft event. Ex national Test skipper Mominul Haque remained unpicked during the draft event.