Khulna Royal Bengals

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Khulna Royal Bengals
খুলনা রয়েল বেঙ্গলস
Khulna Royal Bengals Logo.png
Captain: Bangladesh Shahriar Nafees
Colours: KRB
Owner: Orion Group
Founded: 2012[1]
Home ground: Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium
(Capacity: 15,000)
Official website: http://www.khulnaroyalbengals.com

Khulna Royal Bengals (Bengali: খুলনা রয়েল বেঙ্গলস; often abbreviated as KRB) is a franchise cricket team that plays in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) representing the division of Khulna, Bangladesh. On 10 January 2012, Orion Group made the winning bid of US$ 1.10 Million for the franchise.[1][2]

Franchise history[edit]

Bangladesh Premier League is a cricket tournament being organised by Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). For the inaugural tournament held in 2012, the BCB had finalised a list of 6 teams who will be participating in the tournament. The teams representing 6 different Division of Bangladesh, including Khulna, were put up on auction in Dhaka on 10 January 2012, and the Khulna team was won by Orion Group, who paid US$1.10 million for it. This was the second highest bid for a team in the BPL. In November 2012 Orion Properties, Aziz Group and Khan Brothers Pvt Ltd have taken over the ownership of the team. Obaidul Karim, the Chairman of Orion Group has been elected the President of the franchise along with Sabbir Khan being the new chief executive. [1][2][3]

2012 season[edit]

Khulna Royal Bengals, formed with the players like Shakib Al Hasan, Herschelle Gibbs, Sanath Jayasuriya, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Dwayne Smith, Andre Russell and a bunch of talented local players, started off their campaign successfully by winning against Dhaka Gladiators. They reached into semifinal easily with second position, while Duronto Rajshahi was the first. Winning all of the matches against Dhaka Gladiators in the group phase, they lost to them in the crucial semi final match and left out of the tournament. They failed to chase mediocre target while an unbeaten 86 knock by captain Shakib almost pulled them into victory. Despite not reaching the finals, their Icon Player, Shakib Al Hasan won the Player of the Tournament award for his outstanding performance throughout the series.

2013 season[edit]

Khulna Royal Bengals batting department appears very stable and healthy with the experienced Shahriar Nafees leading the team as well as the batting, beside locals like Nazimuddin, Mizanur Rahman, Mithun Ali, and with Lou Vincent and Daniel Harris, it is going to be a tough job for the opposition to prevent the Royal Bengals from putting up a mountain of runs on the scoreboard. The wicketkeeper batsman Riki Wessels also adds as an asset to their batting, with a few centuries in domestic cricket this season. The bowling, however, would not be the strong point for this side, with only Shapoor Zadran, Shahadat Hossain and Dolar Mahmud as recognised bowlers in the team. Young Nabil Samad has shown great potential with 11 five-wicket and two ten-wicket hauls in first class cricket, but the rest are yet to make a mark. On the bright side, these uncapped locals get their golden opportunity this season like Sanjamul Islam.

Current Squad[edit]

Khulna Royal Bengals Roster

Batsmen

All Rounders

Wicket Keepers


Bowlers

Support Staff

Player salaries[edit]

Nat Player Year Contract
Signed / Renewed
Salary
Bangladesh Farhad Reza 2013 $ 51,505
Bangladesh Sanjamul Islam 2013 $ 45,000
Bangladesh Shahriar Nafees 2013 $ 40,000
Bangladesh Nazimuddin 2013 $ 25,000
Bangladesh Mithun Ali 2013 $ 32,000
Bangladesh Nabil Samad 2013 $ 16,000
Bangladesh Mizanur Rahman 2013 $ 14,000
Bangladesh Dolar Mahmud 2013 $ 10,000
England Riki Wessels 2013 $ 25,000
Australia Shane Harwood 2013 $ 15,000

Fixtures and results[edit]

2012 season[edit]

Group stage[edit]

11 February
Scorecard
Khulna Royal Bengals
175/5 (20 overs)
v
Dhaka Gladiators
156/7 (20 overs)
Khulna Royal Bengals won by 19 runs
Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka
12 February
Scorecard
Khulna Royal Bengals
171/3 (20 overs)
v
Chittagong Kings
174/4 (19.1 overs)
Chittagong Kings won by 6 wickets
Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka
13 February
Scorecard
Barisal Burners
125 (20 overs)
v
Khulna Royal Bengals
131/3 (17.2 overs)
Khulna Royal Bengals won by 7 wickets
Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka
15 February (D/N)
Scorecard
Khulna Royal Bengals
145/7 (20 overs)
v
Duronto Rajshahi
146/4 (19.1 overs)
Duronto Rajshahi won by 6 wickets
Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka
18 February
Scorecard
Khulna Royal Bengals
171/6 (20 overs)
v
Sylhet Royals
169/8 (20 overs)
Khulna Royal Bengals won by 2 runs
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
19 February
Scorecard
Dhaka Gladiators
140/8 (20 overs)
v
Khulna Royal Bengals
141/3 (16.4 overs)
Khulna Royal Bengals won by 7 wickets
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
20 February (D/N)
Scorecard
Khulna Royal Bengals
137/6 (20 overs)
v
Chittagong Kings
93 (18.1 overs)
Khulna Royal Bengals won by 44 runs
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
22 February (D/N)
Scorecard
Khulna Royal Bengals
161/7 (20 overs)
v
Barisal Burners
162/6 (19.3 overs)
Barisal Burners won by 4 wickets
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
26 February
Scorecard
Khulna Royal Bengals
106 (19.5 overs)
v
Duronto Rajshahi
110/2 (14.1 overs)
Duronto Rajshahi won by 8 wickets
Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka
27 February (D/N)
Scorecard
Khulna Royal Bengals
186/2 (20 overs)
v
Sylhet Royals
117 (16 overs)
Khulna Royal Bengals won by 69 runs
Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka
Semi-finals
28 February (D/N)
Scorecard
Dhaka Gladiators
191/4 (20 overs)
v
Khulna Royal Bengals
182/7 (20 overs)
Dhaka Gladiators won by 9 runs
Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka

Overall results of KRB in the BPL[edit]

Opposition Mat Won Lost Tied % Win NR %
Barisal Burners 2 1 1 0 50.00 TBD
Chittagong Kings 2 1 1 0 50.00 TBD
Dhaka Gladiators 3 2 1 0 66.66 TBD
Duronto Rajshahi 2 0 2 0 0.00 TBD
Sylhet Royals 2 2 0 0 100.00 TBD
Total 11 6 5 0 54.54%

Honours[edit]

Year Bangladesh Premier League
2012 Semi-finals
2013 Group stage

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "BPL franchises fetch low prices". Cricinfo. 
  2. ^ a b "BPL to brand Bangladesh". The Daily Star. 
  3. ^ "Chittagong priciest at $1.2m". The Daily Star. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 


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