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BPL draft: Dhaka sign Mashrafe, Tamim and Mahmudullah; Fortune Barishal pick up Gayle

Tamim and Mashrafe were two of Dhaka's first three picks while Mahmudullah was the team's only direct signing

Mohammad Isam
Mohammad Isam
27-Dec-2021
Tamim Iqbal is ecstatic after scoring a hundred in the BPL final, Dhaka Dynamites v Comilla Victorians, BPL 2018-19, final, Dhaka, February 8, 2019

Tamim Iqbal will play alongside Mahmudullah and Mashrafe Mortaza for the first time in the BPL  •  BCB

Mahmudullah, Tamim Iqbal and Mashrafe Mortaza will play for the same BPL franchise for the first time after Dhaka signed the trio for the upcoming season. Tamim and Mashrafe were two of Dhaka's first three picks while Mahmudullah was the team's only direct signing.
The Dhaka franchise had an overnight change in ownership after the initial bidders - Rupa Fabrics Limited and Marn Steel Limited - were ineligible as they failed to pay the BDT five crore (approx $583,000) pre-tournament fees within the stipulated time. According to reports, the BCB kept ownership of the Dhaka team, with chief selector Habibul Bashar seen making bids for players during the draft.
Among the overseas T20 stars, veteran Chris Gayle went to Fortune Barishal, who had already signed Shakib Al Hasan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Danushka Gunathilaka. They have also taken West Indies' fast bowling pair of Obed McCoy and Alzarri Joseph, as well as Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella to round off their foreign signings.
Khulna Tigers, who played in the 2019-20 BPL final, took Mushfiqur Rahim as one of their four direct signings, apart from picking Sikandar Raza and Soumya Sarkar in the draft.
Cumilla Victorians, back in the tournament after becoming champions in 2018-19, have gone for Mustafizur Rahman, Faf du Plessis, Sunil Narine and Moeen Ali as their direct signings, apart from picking Liton Das and Oshane Thomas, among others.
Sylhet Sunrisers have picked up Kesrick Williams and Ravi Bopara among their foreign picks, with Taskin Ahmed, Mizanur Rahman and Sohag Gazi being their local players.
Khulna Tigers: Mushfiqur Rahim, Thisara Perera, Naveen Ul Huq, Bhanuka Rajapakse, Soumya Sarkar, Seekugge Prasanna, Sikandar Raza, Farhad Reza, Rony Talukdar, Khaled Ahmed, Jaker Ali Anik, Nabil Samad
Chattogram Challengers: Nasum Ahmed, Benny Howell, Kennar Lewis, Afif Hossain, Chadwick Walton, Rayad Emrit, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Rejaur Rahman, Sabbir Rahman, Mrittunjoy Chowdhury, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Akbar Ali, Naeem Islam,
Dhaka: Mahmudullah, Tamim Iqbal, Rubel Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mohammad Shahzad, Mohammad Naim, Arafat Sunny, Imranuzzaman, Shafiul Islam, Jahurul Islam, Shamsur Rahman, Ebadat Hossain,
Fortune Barishal: Shakib Al Hasan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Danushka Gunathilaka, Chris Gayle, Nurul Hasan, Obed McCoy, Alzarri Joseph, Towhid Hridoy, Ziaur Rahman, Shafiqul Islam, Saikat Ali, Niroshan Dickwella, Nayeem Hasan, Taijul Islam, Sarwar Hossain, Irfan Sukkur,
Cumilla Victorians: Mustafizur Rahman, Faf du Plessis, Sunil Narine, Moeen Ali, Liton Das, Shohidul Islam, Kusal Mendis, Oshane Thomas, Ariful Haque, Nahidul Islam, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Sumon Khan, Mominul Haque, Mahidul Islam, Parvez Hossain, Abu Hider,
Sylhet Sunrisers: Taskin Ahmed, Dinesh Chandimal, Kesrick Williams, Colin Alexander, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Mithun, Ravi Bopara, Angelo Perera, Anamul Haque, Sohag Gazi, Alok Kapali, Muktar Ali, Siraj Ahmed, Mizanur Rahman, Nadif Chowdhury, Jubair Hossain, Shafiul Hayat, Sunzamul Islam

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84