The “Players By Choice” draft of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) season 3 was held at the Radisson in Dhaka on Thursday. Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) held the auction to pick up local and foreign players.
The six franchises of BPL – Barisal Bulls, Chittagong Vikings, Comilla Victorians, Dhaka Dynamites, Rangpur Riders and Sylhet Superstars – battled it out in the behind-the-doors players’ draft and picked their squad from a list of 123 local and 196 foreign cricketers.
A total of 44 foreign players have been picked by the franchises. While Comilla Victorians roped in highest 9 overseas players in their team, Barisal Bulls were the least interested team to register cricketers from the foreign-players list as they have taken only six cricketers.
Dhaka Dynamites franchise are under lense of criticism for taking highest five Pakistani cricketers. Rangpur Riders have picked only one Pakistani player in Wahab Riaz. The only two players from associate nation in Ryan ten Doeschate and Mohammad Nabi were also picked by Dhaka and Rangpur respectively.
Dhaka Dynamites : Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka), Mohammad Irfan (Pakistan), Sohail Khan (Pakistan), Yasir Shah (Pakistan), Nasir Jamshed (Pakistan), David Malan (England), Shahzaib Hasan (Pakistan), Ryan ten Doeschate (Netherlands)
Chittagong Vikings : Tilkaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka), Saeed Ajmal (Pakistan), Jeevan Mendis (Sri Lanka), Robin Peterson (South Africa), Umar Akmal (Pakistan), Kamran Akmal (Pakistan), Elton Chigumbura (Zimbabwe), Chamara Kapugedara (Sri Lanka)
Sylhet Superstars : Shahid Afridi (Pakistan), Ravi Bopara (England), Chris Jordan (England), Ajantha Mendis (Sri Lanka), Joshua Cobb (England), Sohail Tanveer (Pakistan), Brad Hodge (Australia)
Comilla Victorians : Shoaib Malik (Pakistan), Darren Stevens (England), Nuwan Kulasekara (Sri Lanka), Andre Russell (West Indies), Lahiru Thirimanne (Sri Lanka), Marlon Samuels (West Indies), Sunil Narine (West Indies), Ahmed Shehzad (Pakistan), Krishmar Santokie (West Indies)
Barisal Bulls : Kevin Cooper (West Indies), Evin Lewis (West Indies), Chris Gayle (West Indies), Sekkuge Prasanna (Sri Lanka), Mohammad Sami (Pakistan), Imad Wasim (Pakistan)
Rangpur Riders : Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka), Lendl Simmons (West Indies), Wahab Riaz (Pakistan), Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan), Sachitra Senanayake (Sri Lanka), Darren Sammy (West Indies)