Bangladesh news December 20, 2012

Shakib the top pick at BPL auction


Shakib Al Hasan became the most expensive buy in the Bangladesh Premier League when he was acquired by Dhaka for $365,000 in one of the many tiebreakers in the day. Imran Nazir, the second most valuable player at $280,000, was bought by Chittagong in another tight bidding battle. As a result, the auction lasted nearly eight hours with its share of drama.

The start of the auction was also the business end of it, as the golden category players - both local and foreign - were fought over. With small pay brackets, the seven BPL franchises often locked up at the highest price quickly, but then had to write up their price on a piece of paper, which was then read out by the auction commissioner, the highest bidder winning the player's services.

Half an hour into the auction, six franchises hit the $75,000 ceiling for Shakib. But when the written-up amounts were revealed, Dhaka's bid was $152,000 more than their nearest rival Rajshahi, who had quoted $213,000 while newcomers Rangpur were third with a $160,000 bid.

Shakib, however, will only get $162,000 because according to the league rules, anything above the ceiling (in this case $290,000 more than $75,000) gets distributed between the Bangladesh Cricket Board (60%), the player (30%) and Game On Sports (10%), tournament's event management firm. Tamim Iqbal would have joined Shakib but Rajshahi won the coin toss after the two franchises were tied on $165,000 even after the tiebreaker.

There was more drama when Nasir Hossain's turn came. Sylhet had begun their celebrations after they were announced winners, but the commissioner belatedly realised that one last envelope had remained unopened. As it turned out, the last bid was the highest one. Rangpur, who had bid $208,137 against Sylhet's $151,000, got the services of Nasir and left the Sylhet owners in a shock.

Rangpur threw more interesting numbers during the afternoon. They bought left-handed batsman Junaid Siddique for $67,757 and left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak for $92,777. They also bid $72,772 for Shahzaib Hassan and $89,792 for Ahmed Shehzad unsuccessfully. The trend inspired Khulna too as they made a successful bid of $51,105 for Farhad Reza.

The auction for the B category of foreign players went by quietly but the interest picked up again for the local players in the same category. There was a tiebreaker for almost every name; many going into the six-figure mark much against their track records. Rookie seamer Abul Hasan fetched $121,000 from Rajshahi while left-arm spinner Elias Sunny went for $106,000 to Barisal after a six-way tie on $50,000. Sylhet got young batsman Mominul Haque for $127,000 beating four other teams.

The nature of the bidding was such that teams had to make blind guesses, making some bids lop-sided. For example in case of Abul, the next best offer behind Dhaka's $121,000 was Khulna's $53,000.

After a frenetic auction day, the major challenge for the BPL will be to ensure that the players are paid according to the agreed schedule. Each player will receive 25% of his payments before the tournament starts on January 18 and the next 25% by the end of the tournament in mid-February. The other 50% will have to be paid within six months from the end of BPL 2013. The specter of unpaid player wages in BPL's first season would loom over the hype until these payments are finally made.


Barisal Burners: Alok Kapali, Shafiul Islam, Elias Sunny, Shuvagata Hom, Shabbir Rahman, Ifthikar Ahmed, Jubair Ahmed, Alauddin Babu, Al Amin, Nazmul Apu, Saeed Ajmal, Sunil Narine, Brad Hodge, Azhar Mahmood, Umar Gul, Kamran Akmal, Phil Mustard, Kabir Ali, Hammad Azam

Sylhet Royals: Mushfiqur Rahim, Sohag Gazi, Mominul Haque, Nazmul Hossain, Imtiaz Hossain, Nazmul Hossain Milon, Jupiter Ghosh, Suhrawadi Shuvo, Tino Best, Andre Russell, Dwayne Smith, Azeem Ghumman, Zulfiqur Babar, Hamilton Masakadza, Babar Azam, Sohel Ahmed, Paul Stirling

Duronto Rajshahi: Tamim Iqbal, Ziaur Rahman, Jahurul Islam, Abul Hasan, Farhad Hossain, Moktar Ali, Taijul Islam, Shaker Ahmed, Monir Hossain, Marlon Samuels, Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Sami, Shahzaib Hasan, Alex Hales, Khalid Latif, Sean Ervine

Rangpur Riders: Nasir Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Junaid Siddique, Imrul Kayes, Mehedi Maruf, Shamshur Rahman, Taposh Ghosh, Dhiman Ghosh, Mohammad Sharif, Fidel Edwards, Kevin O'Brien, Sharjil Khan, Anwar Ali, Raja Ali Dar

Dhaka Gladiators: Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Ashraful, Anamul Haque, Mashrafe Mortaza, Raqibul Hasan, Mosharraf Hossain, Soumya Sarkar, Litton Das, Shahid Afridi, Luke Wright, Owais Shah, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lasith Malinga, Joshua Cobb, Chris Liddle, Darren Stevens, Kaushal Lokuarachchi

Khulna Royal Bengal: Nazimuddin, Shahriar Nafees, Farhad Reza, Shahadat Hossain, Mizanur Rahman, Mohammad Mithun, Dollar Mahmud, Sanjamul Islam, Nabil Samad, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Awaiz Zia, Umar Amin, Ahmed Shehzad, Riki Wessels, Haris Sohail, Bilawal Bhatti, Shane Harwood

Chittagong Kings: Mahmudullah, Naeem Islam, Rubel Hossain, Arafat Sunny, Enamul Haque jnr, Aftab Ahmed, Marshall Ayub, Nurul Hasan, Imran Nazir, Dwayne Bravo, Wahab Riaz, Ravi Bopara, Ryan Ten Doeschate, Jacob Oram, Jason Roy, Kevon Cooper, Brendon Taylor, Saeed Anwar jnr

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on December 23, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    I thought shakib will miss BPL because of his injury. If he gets injured before the Sri Lanka tour then it will be difficult to beat them! Also hopefully we will see some upcoming fast bowlers from Bangladesh! Also good experience for youngsters to face fast bowlers from other countries!

  • Dummy4 on December 23, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    Since the beginning of 2010 till now in Tests, Shakib has scored in just 14 test matches 1120 runs at an average of 41 with a high score of 144 against Pakistan and in bowling, has taken 54 wickets at an average of 36 with best figures of 6/82 which was also against Pakistan. No all-rounder apart from Jacques Kallis has matched or exceeded his all-round records. Also made a rare feat of becoming the few players to score a test 100 and take a 5 wicket haul in the same test innings. The last time Kallis did that was way back in 2002 and others like Watson, Hafeez, Bravo etc have still not done that.

    His record is also impressive in T20s in that time which means he is one of the few all-rounders that has performed fantastically across all formats and looks set to become one of the greatest all-rounders to date whether you like it or not because his all-round stats don't lie and he's only 25 years old young man :D

  • Dummy4 on December 23, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    Shakib value will of course be high because in the last 2 years, he has been one of the best performing all-rounders and had his team got to play enough Test and T20 matches, would've been ranked 1 or 2 right now.

    Since the beginning of 2010 till now in ODIs, Shakib has scored 1588 runs with the bat in 51 ODI matches averaging just over 35 with a high score of 106 against New Zealand and bowling in 51 ODI matches, he has taken 77 wickets averaging 27 with the ball with best figures of 4/16 against the West Indies, no all-rounder apart from Shane Watson has come close to matching or exceeding him. He has also taken 19 catches in that time.

  • Dummy4 on December 23, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    I can remember last year when BPL didn't get much publicity even in Bangladesh would you believe but now thanks to these fans especially of other teams and analysts, journalists etc, you guys have made BPL into something well known so really appreciate it guys for doing the job for us. It may not be anywhere near IPL or any other league is shall I say but we all know why that is but the point is that BPL is something big in Bangladesh and if it somehow manges to eradicate all those controversy or problems then BPL will no doubt be a successful T20 league a deserving number 2. Fact is that it was the first BPL that dramatically gave our regular and local players great confidence in taking on the best from the other nations and have learnt a great deal and this season will continue to do the same and become even more better in the International arena. Hope you guys haven't forgot how impressively 'minnows' performed after BPL in Asia Cup and Sahara Cup.

  • Dummy4 on December 23, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    Next year BPL wont take any player from pakistan like BPL-1 and BPL-2.....Next year player will be taken from England, Australia,Newzeland, Srilanka,RSA, and few from Pakistan........................ lol

  • Krishna on December 23, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    @kaptaan cricket:please check your stats(If you weren't sleeping since last 10 years)or use Cricinfo stats for more info before commenting.However your information of comparing Pak test ranking(Ranked 4) and Indian test ranking(Ranked 5) is correct but Pak has played very less test cricket in last 2 years and moreover i dont remember Pak being #1 test side in past(even for a day)...So please stick to the topic of BPL auctions and avoid bringing irrelevent stats.

  • Sheeraz on December 23, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    all are good will be a good edition.Best of Luck Imran Nazir.

  • Muhammad on December 22, 2012, 22:14 GMT

    @ AK AZAD i have no clue at all wht ure trying to say..sir pak found nasir jamshed and ahmed sahzad yrs before there was any league.forget ure bpl. we thank u for everything tht u guys have done for us forget wht pak did to u guys.. i aint trying to strt a fight here but pls think abt wht ure speaking then speak .....i completely kindly disagree wth ur comment above... pls think about wht u are SAYING.

  • Dummy4 on December 22, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    Dhaka is definitely stronger than all other side. They got afridi , shakib , masrafi & many more. They spent a lot of money . The cost of sakib,masrafi&anamul is bigger than the whole khulna's cost . With this team dhaka can win champions league .BPL is BPL.

  • Dummy4 on December 22, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    Stark62: Nasir jamshed doesnt included in BPL 2 because of his match fixing controversies on the first season in BPL. I think Pakistan should be thankful that lots of Pakistani players would get opprtunity to play BPL and earn huge amount of money.They can learn from international players.Even Pakistan find Nasir jamshed and Ahmed shehjad from BPL.So pakistani fans should thanks to Bangladesh. Even Nasir jamshed,Imran nazir,Mohammed yousuf etc is an old player in Dhaka domestic league because we pay more than their Pakistan domestc cricket league.

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