Wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim was taken by Fortune Barishal for the 2024 Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) during the player’s draft on Sunday, September 24. With the event slated for January 2024, there’s much anticipation.
Previously, it was highlighted about the franchise swaps of Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal ahead of the draft, drawing keen attention to Mushfiqur. Sylhet Sixers, his former squad, didn’t retain him, leading him to remain unselected for direct signings. Rangpur Riders and Fortune Barishal, however, took Shakib and Tamim directly for the forthcoming season.
The spotlight remained on Mushfiqur, the sole Category A player with a TK 80 Lakh cap. Tamim seized the chance to draft him.
Rangpur Riders chose opener Rony Talukdar, who performed exceptionally in the previous BPL. Mominul Haque and Sabbir Rahman, however, went undrafted.
Salahuddin, Comilla Victorians’ head coach, voiced his confidence about retaining the title, highlighting the draft of Rahkeem Cornwall. He stated that Cornwall would provide balance to the squad.
A noteworthy trend was the selection of several Pakistani cricketers for the BPL. Some franchise heads are optimistic about their prolonged availability if the Pakistan Super League faces rescheduling due to the January elections.
BPL 2024 Players list
– Retention: Liton Das, Mustafizur Rahman, Tanvir Islam (local), Mohammad Rizwan, Sunil Narine (foreign)
– Direct Signing: Tawhid Hridoy (local), Moeen Ali, Andrew Russell, Iftikhar Ahmad, Zaman Khan, Khushdil Shah, Johnson Charles, Noor Ahmad, Naseem Shah, Rashid Khan (foreign)
– Draft: Mrittunjoy Chowdhury, Jaker Ali Anik, Mahidul Islam Ankon, Rishad Hossain, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiq Hasan, Md Anamul Haque (local), Rahkeem Cornwall, Matthew Walter Forde (foreign)
– Retention: Taskin Ahmed, Arafat Sunny, Shoriful Islam
– Direct Signing: Mosaddek Hossain (local), Chaturanga De Silva, Saim Ayub, Usman Kadir (foreign)
– Draft: Saif Hassan, Irfan Shukkur, Alauddin Babu, SM Mehrob Hasan, Mohammad Naim, Md Sabbir Hossain, Jasim Uddin (local), Lahiru Samarakoon, Sadeera Samarawickrama (foreign)
– Retention: Shuvagata Hom, Ziaur Rahman, Nihaduzzaman
– Direct Signing: Shohidul Islam (local), Mohammad Haris, Nazibullah Zadran, Mohammad Hasnain, Stephen Eskinazi (foreign)
– Draft: Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Md Al Amin Hossain, Md Shykat Ali, Imranuzzaman, Shahadat Hossain Dipu, Salauddin Shakil (local), Curtis Campher, Bilal Khan (foreign)
– Retention: Nasum Ahmed, Nahidul Islam, Mahmudul Hasan Joy
– Direct Signing: Anamul Haque Bijoy (local), Evin Lewis, Faheem Ashraf, Dhananjaya De Silva, Shai Hope (foreign)
– Draft: Afif Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Parvez Hossain Emon, Habibur Rahman Sohan, Mukidul Islam Mugdho, Akbar Ali, Sumon Khan (local), Kasun Rajitha, Dasun Shanaka (foreign)
– Retention: Nurul Hasan Sohan, Mahedi Hasan, Hasan Mahmud (local), Azmatullah Omarzai, Nicholas Pooran (foreign)
– Direct Signing: Shakib Al Hasan (local), Babar Azam, Ihsanullah, Matheesha Pathirana, Brandon King, Wanindu Hasaranga (foreign)
– Draft: Rony Talukdar, Shamim Hossain, Ripon Mondol, Hasan Murad, Abu Haider Rony, Fazle Mahmud Rabbi, Ashikuzzaman (local), Michael Rippon, Yasir Mohammad (foreign)
– Retention: Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Khaled Ahmed (local), Ibrahim Zadran (foreign)
– Direct Signing: Tamim Iqbal (local), Shoaib Malik, Paul Starling, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammed Amir, Abbas Afridi, Dunith Wellalage (foreign)
– Draft: Mushfiqur Rahim, Rakibul Hasan Jr, Mohammad Saifuddin, Soumya Sarkar, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Pritom Kumar, Taijul Islam, Prantik Nawrose Nabil (local), Yannic Cariah, Dinesh Chandimal (foreign)
– Retention: Mashrafe bin Mortaza, Zakir Hasan, Tanzim Hasan Sakib
– Direct Signing: Najmul Hossain Shanto (local), Ryan Burl, George Scrimshaw, Harry Tector, Ben Cutting, Samit Patel (foreign)
– Draft: Mohammad Mithun, Rejaur Rahman Raza, Ariful Haque, Yasir Ali, Nazmul Islam Apu, Shafiqul Islam, Nayeem Hasan, Jawad Rowen, Salman Hossain (local), Richard Ngarava, Dushan Hemantha (foreign)