Caribbean Premier League 2017 April 11, 2017

Mehedi to replace Hogg in Trinbago Knight Riders squad

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Mehedi Hasan Miraz is looking forward to his stint in the CPL and is hoping it will improve his standard of cricket © Associated Press

Mehedi Hasan's swift rise in the ranks of world cricket has taken another step, after the Bangladesh offspinner was named Brad Hogg's replacement in the Trinbago Knight Riders' squad for Caribbean Premier League 2017.

Mehedi, however, could miss a few matches of the league, which will start in early August, as the tournament is likely to clash with a scheduled home series against Pakistan

Mehedi believes the stint will make him a better player. "I am really happy to have got this opportunity," Mehedi said. "I will get to play with really good cricketers in that tournament. It will improve my standard of cricket."

Mehedi is the third Bangladesh cricketer to play in the league after Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal. Tamim played only the inaugural season in 2013, while Shakib has played two seasons so far and is set to turn out for Jamaica Tallawahs in the fifth edition of the tournament. Other Bangladeshi players who have been picked by overseas franchises to play in a T20 league include Abdur Razzak, Mohammad Ashraful, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah and Mustafizur Rahman.

Mehedi's first few appearances in international cricket were in Test matches, following an impressive debut series at home against England where he picked 19 wickets in two matches. He made his ODI and T20 debuts on Bangladesh's recent tour of Sri Lanka. His domestic T20 debut came in the 2016 Bangladesh Premier League, where he took 12 wickets in 15 matches for Rajshahi Kings.

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  • syed on April 13, 2017, 10:11 GMT

    Mehedi already thinks and plays like a mature cricketer. I see him being the captain of the BD team in 3/4 years time and BD will achieve a lot of good things under him.

  • Zane on April 12, 2017, 9:03 GMT

    Something tells me, as he matures, he will rise out of shakib's shadow and surpass him.

  • showka7038530 on April 12, 2017, 7:58 GMT

    This young man is going to be one of the best genuine all-rounder. Because he is different from the other Bangladeshi players and that is he flourishes under pressure just like Mustafizur Rahman.

  • Mohammad Subail on April 12, 2017, 7:21 GMT

    You have missed Anamul Haque who played in the PSL this season.

  • shakti6124361 on April 12, 2017, 5:15 GMT

    @CRICFAN05491702 it's franchise of KKR. Owners are same.

  • Damodar on April 12, 2017, 5:11 GMT

    cricfan05491702 on April 11, 2017, 13:59 GMT:I think owners are same.

  • hussyy on April 11, 2017, 22:21 GMT

    Everyones praising his batting and bowling but he's also a great fielder! Mehdi has a lot of potentials and this will take him really far

  • Md. Maruf on April 11, 2017, 16:42 GMT

    It's great motivation for the going all-rounder! I'm so happy for him. He will need to improve his batting more though at international level. Also, done more consistency in bowling will be crucial. Exciting time ahead for this young man.

  • engras4682791 on April 11, 2017, 16:31 GMT

    good move for TKR he is good bowling allrounder he is very handy on W.I pitches

  • Kausthub on April 11, 2017, 14:55 GMT

    Mehedi Hasan might miss many matches of the league as it would clash with Pakistan series in July.

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