Bangladesh Premier League 2012-13 January 18, 2013

Denly joins Bangladesh rush

ESPNcricinfo staff

Middlesex's batsman Joe Denly has flown out of Heathrow bound for Bangladesh as one of a rush of emergency replacements for Bangladesh's T20 tournament. He will play for Barisal Burners.

Denly joins the sprinkling of English county players who have ignored warnings from Angus Porter, the PCA's chief executive, about potential payment problems and instead are gambling on making an impact in a televised domestic Twenty20 tournament.

"I'm delighted to have received a call up from Barisal, and am looking forward to joining up with my new teammates," Denly said at Heathrow Airport. "This is a great opportunity for me, and one that I am really looking forward to.

"It's been a little frantic since getting the call up, and having rushed to get my kit together, I am now thankfully sat relaxing in the departures lounge at Heathrow awaiting my flight out. I'm grateful to Middlesex for allowing me to set off at such short notice."

Denly, who played for England in nine ODIs and five T20s without ever suggesting he would become a permanent fixture, finished third in Middlesex's FLt20 averages last season, averaging 28.42 in eight matches with a strike rate of 101.

The BPL has been thrown into chaos by the Pakistan Cricket Board's refusal to issue No Objection certificates to 26 Pakistan players, so communicating their displeasure that Bangladesh had abandoned plans to tour Pakistan on security grounds. While tit-for-tat reprisals go on, a few English county players are picking up last-minute deals and rushing to the airport. Mooen Ali, the Warwickshire allrounder, has joined Duronto Rajshahi.

Middlesex's managing director of cricket, Angus Fraser, said: "When Joe told us that he'd been asked to fly over to Bangladesh to join up with the Barisal franchise, and that he was keen to take advantage of this opportunity, we were more than happy to back his decision."

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  • anup on January 20, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    a great decision by joe denly, appreciate that... :D

  • Muhammad on January 20, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    Bangladehi people if you hate so much pakistan the why your board beg Pakistan and if your team is improved surely that is due to our Saqlain mustaq (bangladesh only hve spinners) so always beg us we surely will gve you something like we gave you saqlain

  • mohammad on January 19, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    keptalittlelow Your wishes are uncalled for.BPL has already many class players like Brad Hodhe,Luke Wright, Owais Shah,Simon Katich,James Pattinson,etc.

  • Kazi Rezaul on January 19, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    @ productivity :Yes we are understanding from your comments that you will not watch BPL...and thats why you are here....HAHAH. @KH12: international cricket will come back to pakistan soon,within next 10/15years. Goodluck

  • Jamil on January 19, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    Pakistani players are now crying as they surely missed some earning opportunities. BPL now must ignores Pakistanis from the next season, yeh, at least the tournament could get rid of some corrupted pakistani gamblers who tried to fixed matches last season. No team will visit Pakistan until situation changes there, Bangladesh has no fault not to send their players up there to get blasted away. If IPL can survive without them BPL will also. The thing is BD don't need Pakistan at all, its good to live alone than live with some...don't want to say.........

  • hibbatur on January 19, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    I feel sorry for BPL, they had to call up whatever class of players they could gather to salvage their tournament, goodluck to the country which is still at the bottom of the league and shows no signs of improvement.

  • hasan on January 19, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    bangladesh think that pakistan will regret keeping their players out of the BPL, but it really doesn't affect pakistan. we're way better than bangladesh anyway, we don't need them; it's them who need us. international cricket will come back to pakistan soon, especially with the PSL (pakistan super league) in a couple of months time.

  • ar on January 18, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    pakistan has showed the non-playing attitude to Bangladesh and the rest of the world as well by refusing to send their player to BPL. Bangladesh is capable of organize BPL without the participation of pakistani players. So, from the next BPL all players of pakistan should be abandoned.

  • Nesar on January 18, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    Bad press and conspiracy could not stop a good tournament. PCB starts regretting their ill judgement about BCB & BPL!

  • osman on January 18, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    its funny how Bangla fans think they are a big force in world cricket, what have they contributed to cricket

    at least pakistan have moved the game forward, without pakistan, you wouldnt have the doosra, reverse swing bowling ...

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