Bangladesh Premier League

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Bangladesh Premier League
Bangladesh Premier League.png
Logo of the Bangladesh Premier League
Countries  Bangladesh
Administrator BCB
Headquarter Dhaka, Bangladesh
Format Twenty20
First tournament 2012
Next tournament TBC
Tournament format Double round-robin and knockout
Number of teams 7
Current champion Dhaka Gladiators
Most successful Dhaka Gladiators (2 titles)
Most runs Australia Hodge, BradBrad Hodge (756)
Most wickets Bangladesh Enamul Haque Jr. (31)
Website (outdated)

Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) (Bengali:বাংলাদেশ প্রিমিয়ার লীগ) is a professional Twenty20 cricket league in Bangladesh. The first edition of the tournament started on 10 February 2012 with six franchises consisting of players from around the world.[1][2]

Dhaka Gladiators were the inaugural champions of the BPL. They also were the champions of the second season.

The BPL was broadcast internationally through ESPN Star Sports who made agreements to broadcast matches on a daily basis. The official channel for the BPL is Channel 9.


First season[edit]

The inaugural season of the tournament started on 9 February 2012 with an opening ceremony with the first match starting on 10 February, and finished with the final on 29 February 2012. A total of 33 matches were scheduled, all of which were be played at two stadiums, Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium in Dhaka and Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong. Each team played each team twice, both at home and away in a round-robin system. The top four teams at the end of the round robin stage progressed to the knockout stage.[3] Sylhet and Chittagong failed to progress to the semi finals. Rajshahi, Khulna, Dhaka and Barishal reached semi finals. Afterwards, Dhaka took the champions trophy beating Barisal in final.[4]

Second season[edit]

The second season of the tournament began on 18 January 2013, with the ceremony opening ceremony taking place in 17 January, while the player auction player's auction on 20 December 2012.[5] Dhaka Gladiators again emerged as champions beating Chittagong Kings in the final by 43 runs. Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium in Dhaka hosted most matches while the MA Aziz Stadium replaced the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong and Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna hosted matches of the tournament for the time in 2013. Unlike the first season, there were no icon players and the players taking part in the player's auction were divided into four categories, as opposed to the two categories in the first season.[6] Each category had a maximum bid price as follows:

Category Base Price (US$) Final Price (US$)
Golden 75,000 8,00,000
A (local) 30,000 5,00,000
B (local) 20,000 3,00,000
C (local) 10,000 2,00,000
A (foreign) 50,000 9,00,000
B (foreign) 30,000 5,00,000
C (foreign) 10,000 2,00,000

League organization[edit]

7 League teams[edit]

The 7 divisional cities were chosen as the franchise teams to participate in the tournament. In the first season of BPL, 6 divisions were chosen among 7, with the exception of Rangpur. However, Rangpur Division was added in the second edition. The franchise is Rangpur Riders.[3]


The minimum bidding price for each franchise is $1 million. The franchise owners are now in possession of the franchise for six years and can only sell it after three years.[1] Rangpur Riders was the seventh team to enter the tournament, making its debut in 2013 Bangladesh Premier League.[7] [8]

Team Division Owner(s) Price[9] Captain Head coach
Barisal Burners Barisal Alif Group Bangladesh US$3.01 million Australia Brad Hodge Bangladesh Sarwar Imran
Chittagong Kings Chittagong SQ Sports US$5.20 million Bangladesh Mahmudullah Bangladesh Khaled Mahmud
Dhaka Gladiators Dhaka Europa Group US$5.05 million Bangladesh Mashrafe Mortaza England Ian Pont
Duronto Rajshahi Rajshahi Digital Auto Care US$2.07 million Bangladesh Tamim Iqbal Bangladesh Khaled Mashud
Khulna Royal Bengals Khulna Khan Brothers US$1.10 million Bangladesh Shahriar Nafees India Robin Singh
Sylhet Royals Sylhet Walton Group US$5.06 million Bangladesh Mushfiqur Rahim Australia Stuart Law
Rangpur Riders Rangpur I-Sports US$ 3.01 million Bangladesh Abdur Razzak Pakistan Saqlain Mushtaq


There are five ways that a franchise can acquire a player. In the annual auction, buying domestic players, signing uncapped players, through trading and buying replacements. In the trading window players can only be traded with his consent. The franchise will have to pay the difference between the old contract price and the new contract price. If the new contract is worth more than the older one then the difference will be shared between the player and the franchise selling the player.

  • Each team will consist of 18 players
  • Maximum of 8 international players, up to 5 of which will be allowed to play in a match.[1]
  • Each team must contain at least one Associate player, reflecting on Bangladesh's own history as an Associate. A total of six Associate players have been signed, one each by the six franchises.[10]
  • On 20 February the organisers allowed for teams to purchase 2 extra foreign players and 2 local players.

Franchise statistics and records[edit]


Season Winners Runners-up Teams
2012 Dhaka Gladiators Barisal Burners 6
2013 Dhaka Gladiators Chittagong Kings 7

Performance of the teams[edit]

Team Span Titles Matches Won Lost No Result Win % For (r/o) Against (r/o) Best Worst
Barisal Burners 2013 0 16 7 9 0 43.75 1566 / 181.0 1572 / 185.3 Runners up Sixth place
Chittagong Kings 2013 0 13 6 7 0 46.15 1423 / 189.2 1443 / 194.0 Runners up Fifth place
Dhaka Gladiators 2013 2 15 10 5 0 66.66 1431 / 188.3 1448 / 196.1 Champions Champions
Rangpur Riders 2013 0 3 2 1 0 66.66 - Fifth place -
Khulna Royal Bengals 2013 0 14 6 8 0 42.85 1524 / 194.0 1392 / 192.0 Third place Seventh place
Duronto Rajshahi 2013 0 14 8 6 0 57.14 1445 / 190.0 1472 / 196.3 Fourth place Fourth place
Sylhet Royals 2013 0 13 5 8 0 38.46 1420 / 196.3 1482 / 175.1 Third place Sixth place

Television rights and sponsorships[edit]

Broadcasting rights[edit]

Channel 9 Bangladesh is the official broadcaster.






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  8. ^ "Flora snaps up Rangpur Riders at secret auction". The New Age. 16 December 2012. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "Chittagong priciest at $1.2m". The Daily Star. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  10. ^ Associate players eyeing BPL platform | ESPN Cricinfo
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  15. ^ a b c "Bangladesh Premier League / Records / Smallest victories". Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
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  17. ^ "Bangladesh Premier League / Records / Most runs in a series". Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  18. ^ "Bangladesh Premier League / Records / Best bowling figures in an innings". Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  19. ^ "Bangladesh Premier League / Records / Most wickets". Retrieved 27 February 2012. 

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