Bangladesh Premier League 2012-13 January 17, 2013

BPL grapples with shortage of players


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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  • Jonny 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

  • Jonny 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!!! :)

  • Jonny 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 :)

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

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

  • Naseeruddin 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

  • Sami 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.

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

    Brett Lee joined Duronto Rajshahi.

  • Sarah 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

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

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

  • Rakib 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.

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