Bangladesh Premier League news August 1, 2017

Rajshahi Kings lap up Mushfiqur, Wright and Waller

ESPNcricinfo staff

This is the third consecutive time that Mushfiqur Rahim has moved from one franchise to another © AFP

Mushfiqur Rahim to Rajshahi Kings - The BPL's highest overall run-getter has left Barisal Bulls for Rajshahi Kings. This is the third consecutive time that Mushfiqur has moved from one franchise to another, having previously played for Duranta Rajshahi (2012), Sylhet Royals (2013), Sylhet Superstars (2015) and Barisal Bulls (2016).

Luke Wright to Rajshahi Kings - Having already scored a hundred in the NatWest T20 Blast, Wright will look to replicate his prolific returns for Kings. His only appearance in the BPL was in the 2013 edition, when he struck a half-century in his three innings for eventual champions Dhaka Gladiators.

Malcolm Waller to Rajshahi Kings - The Zimbabwe allrounder is set to return to the BPL after scoring only 91 runs for Dhaka Dynamites in seven innings during the 2015 season. While his strike-rate will be an asset to Kings, who have looked to bulk up their middle order with big hitting allrounders, Waller's offbreaks could also be handy in stemming the scoring of the oppositions.

Mashrafe Mortaza to Rangpur Riders - Mashrafe Mortaza has moved to a third BPL franchise with the Riders acquiring him this year. Mashrafe had taken 13 wickets in 12 games for Comilla Victorians last year after having led them to a maiden title in 2015. Mashrafe had also led the Dhaka Gladiators to the 2012 and 2013 BPL titles, and was termed by the Riders CEO Ishtiaque Sadeque as a "lucky charm".

Chris Lynn to Khulna Titans - One of Australia's biggest T20 names, he was set to head to the BPL for the first time this season, until shoulder surgery ruled him out.

Seekkuge Prasanna to Khulna Titans - The Sri Lankan legspinner played for Dhaka Dynamites in last season's Bangladesh Premier League. He had one six-filled innings though his bowling didn't come off too well. Prasanna played for Barisal Bulls in BPL 2015.

Kyle Abbott to Khulna Titans - The South African fast bowler will strengthen the Titans' pace attack, which already has Junaid Khan. He hasn't, however, had a lot of success in the format since the World T20 in 2016. This will be his first BPL campaign as well.

Sarfraz Ahmed to Khulna Titans - Pakistan's new Test captain was roped in by the Titans soon after he led his side to their maiden Champions Trophy triumph in England in June. He will certainly be a step-up after they experimented with Nicholas Pooran last season.

Shadab Khan to Khulna Titans - The Pakistan spin sensation's 16 wickets in four T20Is against West Indies put him on the map before he was involved in his side's Champions Trophy winning campaign. He was signed alongside Sarfraz last month.

Rilee Rossouw to Khulna Titans - The T20 veteran batted well for Quetta Gladiators in this year's Pakistan Super League and will be an important addition to the Titans' batting line-up.

Lendl Simmons to Rajshahi Kings - He will return to the BPL after making 221 runs at 22.10 for Rangpur Riders in BPL 2015. Simmons' IPL stint this year didn't go too well after a promising start - he made 137 runs in seven innings.

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  • M.G. on July 6, 2017, 17:06 GMT

    Good team of batters, only if they click... look at RCB in IPL... chronic failure with all star studded team with weaken in bowling... yeah need balanced bowling-batting to win any championship, ofcourse along with luck to some extent. GL to my home team from all the way fr DC

  • Ramzi on July 6, 2017, 3:05 GMT

    Well batsmans only not gona win matches, they need bowlers also...

  • Ashiqur Rahman on July 5, 2017, 20:01 GMT

    The coach is Mahela, so win win situation for Khulna Titans

  • Nabil Ahmed on July 5, 2017, 18:11 GMT

    WHOA!! the team looks star studded. BPL will be extremely big this year with the amount of Star players expected to be involved

  • pranto on July 5, 2017, 16:25 GMT

    Great picks.Looking forward to Lynn storm to hit Bangladesh all the way from Australia.

  • Mohammad Asif on July 5, 2017, 16:09 GMT

    Khulna Titans got some BIG GUNS! Looks like a champion team.

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