Bangladesh Premier League 2012-13 January 17, 2013

BPL grapples with shortage of players

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Less than a day before they play their opening match in the BPL, Khulna Royal Bengals have only eleven players to choose their line-up from, after they lost seven Pakistani players due to the fallout between the PCB and BCB.

ESPNcricinfo has learned that the franchise has asked the BPL governing council to allow them to bring in more local cricketers than the allotted ten. Khulna is trying to replace Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Awaiz Zia, Umar Amin, Ahmed Shehzad, Haris Sohail and Bilawal Bhatti.

"We exactly have 11 players with just one foreigner," Khulna captain Shahriar Nafees told ESPNcricinfo. "Riki Wessels has arrived, but I am not sure whether more will arrive. The management is aware of this information."

The prospect is similar for Rangpur Riders, who have lost three Pakistani players - Anwar Ali, Raja Ali Dar and Sharjil Khan. They now have only 12 players left, having picked 15 in the auction. Former Bangladesh captain Faruque Ahmed has been working overtime to find players, but so far, none have confirmed. "We only have Kevin O'Brien arriving on time, but I am still trying to find some more to replace our Pakistani players," he said.

Dhaka Gladiators, who have confirmed the signing of Kieron Pollard, and Chittagong Kings are in better shape as they have lost one and two players respectively.

Duronto Rajshahi have added Simon Katich, Moeen Ali, Ben Edmonson, Jehan Mubarak, Dilshan Munaweera and Rizwan Cheema in their list of foreign players to fill in for the Pakistani players.

Among the other players likely to replace them are Brett Lee, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dilshan Munaweera and Sachitra Senanayake. Mohammad Nabi is understood to be signed up by the BPL governing council to be distributed to one of the franchises.

The pullout of the Pakistani players has resulted in chaotic last-minute changes for the organisers, with posters containing images of Shahid Afridi and Umar Gul already out in the streets. The future of the tournament will be at stake if proper replacements are not found, and if on-field performances do not veil the mess.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • The_Ashes on January 20, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    @PAK-92 - You're just upset how Bangladesh played with Pakistan and even when Pakistan withdraw their players at last minute, still hasn't stopped BPL. Yes because of the withdrawal it has had a bit of affect at the start of BPL 2 but the rest of the weeks these problems will all be eradicated. Pakistan is an old team and soon we will beat them when you fill your young inexperience guys against our young experience guys. Serious challenge? you beat us in Asia Cup by 21 and 2 runs not 100 or 200 runs don't be afraid on the improvements of Bangladesh Cricket :D

  • The_Ashes on January 20, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    @avmd - lool! good luck mate! these countries don't have the support that Bangladesh has so its very unlikely. Yes Bangladesh Cricket is improving but some people like you are too blind to see it. Yes still a weaker team but definitely improving even our under 13 and 19 systems can beat any of the top teams players which one day will have to be used and replace the current old stars and take on our then experience Shakib etc common sense :P

    Minnows don't beat big teams many times all in the same year wake up!!! :)

  • The_Ashes on January 20, 2013, 20:47 GMT

    Pak_champs - Actually no BPL isn't trying to compare with IPL you don't seem to understand how the business aspect of it goes. Franchises are there to make revenue and BCB get a portion of it so they can use it for the development of Bangladesh Cricket. Yes we are minnows so? what are you? :)

    Fact is our BPL gives our locals to compete with foreigners around the world and gives them tremendous confidence and learn a few things and that's what probably bothers fans like you I know but good luck on your wishes mate :)

  • Ind_champs on January 18, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    Nd they were trying to compete with ipl lolz. Wake up minnows nd have a reality check.

  • Naseer_shah on January 18, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    @ All_The_Way yup are right ... after 3-4 years of IPL ... there winning graph is decling , getting losses not only outside the country but inside india as well ... England and pakistan is recent example

  • ExtremeSpeed on January 18, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    This tournament is for almost 4 weeks so big deal first week there are shortage of foreign players. These few other franchises should've been smart and not rely on Pakistani players where most of them are unheard off.

  • British_North_America on January 18, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    Brett Lee joined Duronto Rajshahi.

  • Baseball-Sucks on January 17, 2013, 22:11 GMT

    @Posted by BOND_OO7 ; Listen Pal, you are talking like Bangladesh rules the world. Whatever the status you have right now in the Cricket world Its is thanks to big Asian trio - SL,IND,PAK. If you weren't in the sub-continent you wouldn't even get a piece of bread in Cricket sense. Just open your eyes n see whats happening to Zimbabwe. Nobody is there to back 'em up. You are enjoying all your opening ceremonies and hosting rights thanks to SL,IND,PAK. So I'd appreciate if you stop your rant n say "Thank you"... Peace out

  • loveusa on January 17, 2013, 22:09 GMT

    BPL will rock big time! Doesn't matter who plays or who doesn't!

  • JACK.SPARROW on January 17, 2013, 21:45 GMT

    Pak fans saying that Bangladesh is a minnow. Could you tell me what is actually called minnow? Minnow means the just-born child fish. Every big fish has to go through this state after its birth.Just like that Big fishes like Australia,india,pakistan,england etc. were minnows at time.then they turned into big fishes day by day.well,i wanna tell you something.were you a strong muscle guy when you were born?of course not. so think human-like.

  • The_Ashes on January 20, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    @PAK-92 - You're just upset how Bangladesh played with Pakistan and even when Pakistan withdraw their players at last minute, still hasn't stopped BPL. Yes because of the withdrawal it has had a bit of affect at the start of BPL 2 but the rest of the weeks these problems will all be eradicated. Pakistan is an old team and soon we will beat them when you fill your young inexperience guys against our young experience guys. Serious challenge? you beat us in Asia Cup by 21 and 2 runs not 100 or 200 runs don't be afraid on the improvements of Bangladesh Cricket :D

  • The_Ashes on January 20, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    @avmd - lool! good luck mate! these countries don't have the support that Bangladesh has so its very unlikely. Yes Bangladesh Cricket is improving but some people like you are too blind to see it. Yes still a weaker team but definitely improving even our under 13 and 19 systems can beat any of the top teams players which one day will have to be used and replace the current old stars and take on our then experience Shakib etc common sense :P

    Minnows don't beat big teams many times all in the same year wake up!!! :)

  • The_Ashes on January 20, 2013, 20:47 GMT

    Pak_champs - Actually no BPL isn't trying to compare with IPL you don't seem to understand how the business aspect of it goes. Franchises are there to make revenue and BCB get a portion of it so they can use it for the development of Bangladesh Cricket. Yes we are minnows so? what are you? :)

    Fact is our BPL gives our locals to compete with foreigners around the world and gives them tremendous confidence and learn a few things and that's what probably bothers fans like you I know but good luck on your wishes mate :)

  • Ind_champs on January 18, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    Nd they were trying to compete with ipl lolz. Wake up minnows nd have a reality check.

  • Naseer_shah on January 18, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    @ All_The_Way yup are right ... after 3-4 years of IPL ... there winning graph is decling , getting losses not only outside the country but inside india as well ... England and pakistan is recent example

  • ExtremeSpeed on January 18, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    This tournament is for almost 4 weeks so big deal first week there are shortage of foreign players. These few other franchises should've been smart and not rely on Pakistani players where most of them are unheard off.

  • British_North_America on January 18, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    Brett Lee joined Duronto Rajshahi.

  • Baseball-Sucks on January 17, 2013, 22:11 GMT

    @Posted by BOND_OO7 ; Listen Pal, you are talking like Bangladesh rules the world. Whatever the status you have right now in the Cricket world Its is thanks to big Asian trio - SL,IND,PAK. If you weren't in the sub-continent you wouldn't even get a piece of bread in Cricket sense. Just open your eyes n see whats happening to Zimbabwe. Nobody is there to back 'em up. You are enjoying all your opening ceremonies and hosting rights thanks to SL,IND,PAK. So I'd appreciate if you stop your rant n say "Thank you"... Peace out

  • loveusa on January 17, 2013, 22:09 GMT

    BPL will rock big time! Doesn't matter who plays or who doesn't!

  • JACK.SPARROW on January 17, 2013, 21:45 GMT

    Pak fans saying that Bangladesh is a minnow. Could you tell me what is actually called minnow? Minnow means the just-born child fish. Every big fish has to go through this state after its birth.Just like that Big fishes like Australia,india,pakistan,england etc. were minnows at time.then they turned into big fishes day by day.well,i wanna tell you something.were you a strong muscle guy when you were born?of course not. so think human-like.

  • Desihungama on January 17, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    So basically PCB has successfully turned BPL into a domestic tournament. Why are friends like India not releasing their players to BPL? Sub-continent teams stand divided today. With SL/Pak on one side and BAN/Ind on the other. India were unofficially given the reigns to rule world cricket and this is where we stand today. Divided to the core. I question their role and leadership.

  • Captainman on January 17, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    @Mansoor - What's this - haaahahahahaha??? trust me future of Indian Cricket looks fantastic compared to Pakistan :P

  • braindead_rocker on January 17, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    BPL could have been smart and got some Indian players and then sold the TV rights for high price in India. Still they can get good Indian players from domestic level who are not being given chance by corrupt BCCI.

  • rasel_drubo on January 17, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    @PAK-92: Your player is not playing still you are keeping eye on BPL....as of now proved on with your comment here. So how could you say this tournament will be forgetful ? Funny....

  • on January 17, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    what a joke from Legend_of_All_Times. hahahahaahahahah lol r u considering india as a strong cricketing nation?????just look at records i think pak is far better than india in winning ratio,and u hav very little knowledge about cricket. despite all problems and opposition from all cricketing nations pak is competing with all countries......solute to pak team not being a pakistani but a true cricket fan

  • Rally_Windies on January 17, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    well lets see has anyone been paid for the last BPL ? do you think anyone who is still owed money is going to want to play this year?

  • BOND_OO7 on January 17, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    some people saying that bangladesh has no influence in world cricket. well, to these ignorant people , can you tell me a country's name which organizes World cup opening ceremony after eleven years of getting test status? its Bangladesh and that WC opening ceremony 2011 got the second place in rating after Beijing Olympics taking over FIFA world cup 2010 and Euro 2008 opening ceremony. its probably the best opening ceremony of WC cricket. Now we are looking forward to arranging 2014 t20 wc.

  • on January 17, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    India doesn't want to any cricket relationship with BD because they are so much superior a team and a country. BD should shun the politics and inside shameful activities by it's BD members and try to keep alive BPL. Unfortunate they don't see the bigger picture. What happened to players from Srilanka , England, Australia, Windies I wonder. It is ridiculous to compare the Pak cric player with Afgans and Irish to get back to Pak decision of withdraw. I smell rat !to jeopardice BPL, India will be the last country to regret it.

  • Dhanno on January 17, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    @batmanwhoaintindallas . BCCI is doing enough to mess indian cricket, why would you want them to send players to BPL :) ? I bet BCCI would send them, if it gets guarantee of 150 million. So in complete un-cricketing sense (which is how BCCI acts) there is no sense in sending anyone to BPL.

    Now if we talk about cricketing sense: Well firstly, this is not off season. Nayar is involved in ranji semi as of today (IPL is not equal cricket season). Secondly, with all due respect this is like a minor D league, with lil cricketing prowess at display or chancesof getting exposure to good cricket, a place where players come to make money. That brings us to third point: The money itself isnt guaranteed, with all the payment issues from last/ this year.

    The list can go on, but I would hope you can dwell on these issues first before asking for more damage to indian cricket (well with IPL coming, Jiwanjot is on his way to "realize is potential")

  • Harlequin. on January 17, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    This tournament has already become more interesting that all the previous IPL's put together.

  • Manu.Dhillon on January 17, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    @ Batmanindallas, It's not an off season for India. Ranji Trophy semi-finals are going on, followed by Ranji Final (Jan 26-30), Irani Trophy (Feb 6-10), Vijay Hazare Trophy (Feb 13 - Mar 3), Deodhar Trophy(Mar 10 - 13), Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (Mar 17 - 22) Do you think Indian players can find time in this busy schedule ?

  • qasrazakaz on January 17, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    poor bangladesh cricet.i wonder why at all they are in cricket despite so many poor pathetic performances,failures and disappointments.Need to concentrate on some other thing.They can only be more worse not better

  • avmd on January 17, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    Had BCB denied the offer by Pakistan to tour in the beginning there won't be any problem, but agreeing to play and then backing out multiple times, they got to be punished. Its time ICC gave up on BD, they are not going to improve and put its developmental efforts to other countries like Ireland and Zimbabwe.

    @legend_of_all, you are funny, Gig you miss your lithium dose today ?

  • Batmanindallas on January 17, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    I dont see why India cannot let its non contracted players be available for this tournament during its off season....there are lot of good players who could make money. It is time a Nayar or Jiwanjot or Iqbal are allowed to play in BPL or the Srilankan other such events around the world

  • Legend_of_All_Times on January 17, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    I think Afghanistan or Ireland is better team than Pakistan, If Afghanistan or Ireland were given some Opportunities then they would prove themselves as a Far Far inimitable Better side within 60 Years than this Pakistan team at Present. ICC has already banned Pakistan from its hosting right, and ICC should immediately ban Pakistan team from Playing any kind of International Cricket for the sake of saving Gentleman's sport Cricket from all kind of Scandals and Fraudulences.

  • waseemsarwar on January 17, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    BCB is not BCCI folks so PCB can play with them but PCB should have released lesser players.

  • PAK-92 on January 17, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    Hahahaha. Without the pakistani players, this tournament will be forgetful regarding on field performances. BCB thought they could mess the PCB about by pulling out of tours at the last minute. It's nice to see them have a taste of their own medicine. Bangladesh have only won 3 tests since gaining their test status 12 years ago. They have only improved slightly since then. How shameful for a country with a population of 161 million. The time has come for their test status to be revoked and given to a much more deserving side like Ireland or Afghanistan. They would surely do better than the mediocre Bangladesh team, excluding Shakib al Hassan, who i feel immensly sorry for. Pakistan have a 20+ winning streak against them and thats not really gonna end anytime soon. This is not me being bitter about them not touring Pakistan. But the truth is, the BCB needs the PCB more than vice versa. Id rather have Zimbabwe tour us as they would put up a more serious challenge than Bangladesh!

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  • PAK-92 on January 17, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    Hahahaha. Without the pakistani players, this tournament will be forgetful regarding on field performances. BCB thought they could mess the PCB about by pulling out of tours at the last minute. It's nice to see them have a taste of their own medicine. Bangladesh have only won 3 tests since gaining their test status 12 years ago. They have only improved slightly since then. How shameful for a country with a population of 161 million. The time has come for their test status to be revoked and given to a much more deserving side like Ireland or Afghanistan. They would surely do better than the mediocre Bangladesh team, excluding Shakib al Hassan, who i feel immensly sorry for. Pakistan have a 20+ winning streak against them and thats not really gonna end anytime soon. This is not me being bitter about them not touring Pakistan. But the truth is, the BCB needs the PCB more than vice versa. Id rather have Zimbabwe tour us as they would put up a more serious challenge than Bangladesh!

  • waseemsarwar on January 17, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    BCB is not BCCI folks so PCB can play with them but PCB should have released lesser players.

  • Legend_of_All_Times on January 17, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    I think Afghanistan or Ireland is better team than Pakistan, If Afghanistan or Ireland were given some Opportunities then they would prove themselves as a Far Far inimitable Better side within 60 Years than this Pakistan team at Present. ICC has already banned Pakistan from its hosting right, and ICC should immediately ban Pakistan team from Playing any kind of International Cricket for the sake of saving Gentleman's sport Cricket from all kind of Scandals and Fraudulences.

  • Batmanindallas on January 17, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    I dont see why India cannot let its non contracted players be available for this tournament during its off season....there are lot of good players who could make money. It is time a Nayar or Jiwanjot or Iqbal are allowed to play in BPL or the Srilankan other such events around the world

  • avmd on January 17, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    Had BCB denied the offer by Pakistan to tour in the beginning there won't be any problem, but agreeing to play and then backing out multiple times, they got to be punished. Its time ICC gave up on BD, they are not going to improve and put its developmental efforts to other countries like Ireland and Zimbabwe.

    @legend_of_all, you are funny, Gig you miss your lithium dose today ?

  • qasrazakaz on January 17, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    poor bangladesh cricet.i wonder why at all they are in cricket despite so many poor pathetic performances,failures and disappointments.Need to concentrate on some other thing.They can only be more worse not better

  • Manu.Dhillon on January 17, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    @ Batmanindallas, It's not an off season for India. Ranji Trophy semi-finals are going on, followed by Ranji Final (Jan 26-30), Irani Trophy (Feb 6-10), Vijay Hazare Trophy (Feb 13 - Mar 3), Deodhar Trophy(Mar 10 - 13), Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (Mar 17 - 22) Do you think Indian players can find time in this busy schedule ?

  • Harlequin. on January 17, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    This tournament has already become more interesting that all the previous IPL's put together.

  • Dhanno on January 17, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    @batmanwhoaintindallas . BCCI is doing enough to mess indian cricket, why would you want them to send players to BPL :) ? I bet BCCI would send them, if it gets guarantee of 150 million. So in complete un-cricketing sense (which is how BCCI acts) there is no sense in sending anyone to BPL.

    Now if we talk about cricketing sense: Well firstly, this is not off season. Nayar is involved in ranji semi as of today (IPL is not equal cricket season). Secondly, with all due respect this is like a minor D league, with lil cricketing prowess at display or chancesof getting exposure to good cricket, a place where players come to make money. That brings us to third point: The money itself isnt guaranteed, with all the payment issues from last/ this year.

    The list can go on, but I would hope you can dwell on these issues first before asking for more damage to indian cricket (well with IPL coming, Jiwanjot is on his way to "realize is potential")

  • on January 17, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    India doesn't want to any cricket relationship with BD because they are so much superior a team and a country. BD should shun the politics and inside shameful activities by it's BD members and try to keep alive BPL. Unfortunate they don't see the bigger picture. What happened to players from Srilanka , England, Australia, Windies I wonder. It is ridiculous to compare the Pak cric player with Afgans and Irish to get back to Pak decision of withdraw. I smell rat !to jeopardice BPL, India will be the last country to regret it.