Mushfiqur picked by Chittagong Vikings, Ashraful returns
Mushfiqur Rahim (Getty Image)

Mushfiqur Rahim, the Bangladesh wicketkeeper batsman, will play for Bangladesh Premier League side Chittagong Vikings after he was picked by the franchise on Sunday. Mushfiqur was slotted by the governing council as an A+ cricketer (between USD 50000 to 93000) which highlights that he could be picked by any franchise, and after Rajshahi Kings had decided against retaining, the Vikings made their move even before the event began.

Another addition to the franchise is that of former Bangladesh batsman Mohammad Ashraful, who recently had his five-year ban related to match-fixing lifted and qualified to play the BPL in August. In Ashraful last played a T20 for Bangladesh in 2013, and in a 23-match long career, the 34-year-old has scored 450 runs with two half-centuries. Despite his absence from the national set-up, Ashraful has been a constant figure in the National Cricket League for the side Dhaka Metro.

“We were keen to get him as we believe he had learnt from the mistake and we need to provide him with a platform to perform,” Wikings owner Abdul Wahed told reporters after the draft session. “Earlier we had picked Mohammad Amir once he was eligible to play after that fixing saga and he returned back to the national set-up and we believe the same will happen to Ashraful as well.”

Hot overseas picks Shahid Afridi and West Indies batsman Evin Lewis were picked at a price of 200000 each by Comilla Victorians. Another West Indian, allrounder Fabian Allen, who made his ODI debut against India on Saturday during the 3rd ODI went to Sylhet Sixers for USD 30000.

Khulna Titans bagged some strong names to the squad. Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga was their pick from the A category followed by inclusions of Pakistan legspinner Yasir Shah, Afghanistan spinner Zahir Khan and former Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor. Having let go Mushfiqur, Rajshahi strengthened their squad by adding the likes of Ryan ten Doeschate, young Sri Lanka seamer Isuru Udana and batsman Seekkuge Prasanna.

Below are the complete squads.

Khulna Titans: Mahmudullah, Ariful Haque, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Carlos Brathwaite, Dawid Malan, Ali Khan, Jahurul Islam, Shariful Islam, Taijul Islam, Al-Amin, Zahir Khan, Sherfane Rutherford, Subashis Roy, Junaid Siddique, Tanvir Islam Mahidul Islam Ankan, Lasith Malinga, Yasir Shah, Brendan Taylor

Rajshahi Kings: Mominul Haque, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Zakir Hasan, Qais Ahmed, Christiaan Jonker, Soumya Sarkar, Fazle Mahmud, Arafat Sunny, Alauddin Babu, Isuru Udana, Laurie Evans, Marshall Ayub, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Ryan ten Doeschate, Seekugge Prasanna, Mohammad Sami

Chittagong Vikings: Sunzamul Islam, Sikandar Raza, Luke Ronchi, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Shahzad, Robbie Frylinck, Mosaddek Hossain, Abu Jayed, Khaled Ahmed, Nayeem Hasan, Cameron Delport, Dasun Shanaka, Mohammad Ashraful, Robiul Haque, Yasir Ali, Nihaduzzaman, Najibullah Zadran, Shadman Islam

Dhaka Dynamites: Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Hazratullah Zazai, Andre Russell, Rubel Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Rony Talukdar, Shuvagata Hom, Andrew Birch, Ian Bell, Qazi Onik, Mizanur Rahman, Asif Hasan, Shahadat Hossain, Naim Sheikh

Sylhet Sixers: Nasir Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Liton Das, Sohail Tanvir, David Warner, Sandeep Lamichhane, Afif Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Al-Amin Hossain, Towhid Hridoy, Fabian Allen, Mohammad Irfan, Nabil Samad, Ebadat Hossain, Alok Kapali, Jaker Ali, Gulbadin Naib, Andre Fletcher, Mehedi Hasan Rana, Pat Brown, Nicholas Pooran

Comilla Victorians: Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Saifuddin, Shoaib Malik, Asela Gunaratne, Liam Dawson, Abu Hider, Anamul Haque, Mehedi Hasan, Ziaur Rahman, Shahid Afridi, Thisara Perera, Mosharraf Hossain, Mohammad Shahid, Shamsur Rahman, Sanjit Saha, Evin Lewis, Waqar Salmakhai, Amer Yamin

Rangpur Riders: Mashrafe Mortaza, Nazmul Islam, Mohammad Mithun, Chris Gayle, Alex Hales, AB de Villliers, Shafiul Islam, Sohag Gazi, Farhad Reza, Mehedi Maruf, Ravi Bopara, Rilee Rossouw, Nahidul Islam, Nadif Chowdhury, Abul Hasan, Fardin Hossain, Benny Howell, Oshane Thomas