Bangladesh Premier League

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Bangladesh Premier League
BPLOfficialLogo.png
CountriesBangladesh
AdministratorBangladesh Cricket Board
FormatTwenty20
First edition2012
Latest edition2022
Next edition2023
Tournament formatDouble round-robin and Playoffs
Number of teams7
Current championComilla Victorians (3rd title)
Most successfulComilla Victorians
Franchises of Dhaka (3 titles each)
Most runsTamim Iqbal (2628)
Most wicketsShakib Al Hasan (122)
TVList of broadcasters
WebsiteBPL
Seasons

The Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ প্রিমিয়ার লীগ) is a professional Twenty20 cricket league consisting of seven franchises. The BPL is one of the three professional cricket leagues in Bangladesh. It is the 16th most attended premier league in the world. In winter, each team faces the other twice in the league stage. Following the conclusion of the regular season, the top four teams advance to the playoffs, a single-elimination game, and two qualifier games culminating in the Championship game, between the winner of Qualifier 1 and Qualifier 2.

The Bangladesh Premier League was formed in 2011 by the Bangladesh Cricket Board, after the suspension of its predecessor organisation, 2009/10 National Cricket League Twenty20. The first season was held in February 2012, and the games were held across Dhaka and Chittagong. The BPL is headed by the chairman of its Governing Council.

The 2020 version of BPL was meant to be held without franchise involvement, with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) arranging the tournament. The decision came after the meeting between BCB and franchises owners whereas BCB failed to meet the demand placed by different team owners.[1] In October 2020, the BCB confirmed that there would not be another tournament in 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[2]

Comilla Victorians is the defending champion, winning their third title, becoming the joint most successful team along with Franchises of Dhaka.

History[edit]

Following the success of franchise Twenty20, cricket leagues such as the Indian Premier League around the world, the Bangladesh Cricket Board announced a plan to replace the National Cricket League with a franchise-based league. On 18 January 2012, the board entered a 6-year, 350-crore deal with Game on Sports Group to establish a franchise tournament. The deal gave the group exclusive management rights to the tournament. The league was founded with six franchises from the largest cities of Bangladesh. During the franchise auction, 13 companies took part in the bidding process, with six winning the rights of each club.[citation needed]

In July 2022, after the ICC accommodated the month of January and February for the BPL, in its ICC Future Tours Programme, the BCB announced the schedule of the BPL for the next three seasons. Accordingly, the ninth season was scheduled to be held from 5 January to 16 February in 2023, the tenth season was scheduled from 6 January to 17 February 2024 and the eleventh season was scheduled to be played from 1 January to 11 February 2025. Besides, the board also decided for the first time to sell the franchise rights for a 3 years term.[3][4]

2012 (1st edition)[edit]

The first edition of the league officially kicked off on 9 February 2012, excluding a lavish opening ceremony at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh.[5] The initial player auction was held on 18 and 19 January 2012 and the first match in the tournament staged on 9 February 2012 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium between Sylhet Royals and Barisal Burners. The first final game was between Dhaka Gladiators and Barisal Burners, with Dhaka Gladiators emerging as champions after winning by eight wickets. All matches in the first edition of the league were held at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium and Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in the country's second-largest city Chittagong.[citation needed]

2013 (2nd edition)[edit]

Rangpur Riders were added as a seventh team for the second season. Dhaka Gladiators again emerged as champions beating Chittagong Kings in the final by 43 runs. Once again Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka hosted the final. For most of the matches, the MA Aziz Stadium, replaced the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong due to higher capacity and Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna (third-largest city) was added as the third venue.[citation needed]

Following accusations of match-fixing during the 2012–13 season, the owners of all six original franchises were suspended in 2013 due to constant violations of the league regulations and constant delays in players’ salary handover. The owners of Dhaka Gladiators were handed a lifetime suspension by the governing committee.[6] A number of players and administrators were handed bans for match-fixing, including the former captain of Bangladesh, Mohammad Ashraful.[citation needed]

2015 (3rd edition)[edit]

Following the match-fixing scandal, the league was not played in the year 2014. It returned in the 2015 with six new franchises and it was held in the winter season unlike Spring previously. Comilla Victorians won the competition, beating Barisal Bulls by three wickets. In advance of the 2016–17 edition of the league one franchise, the Sylhet Super Stars, was suspended following breaches of disciplinary regulations[7] and two new franchises, Khulna Titans and Rajshahi Kings, were introduced, bringing the number of teams in the competition back to seven.[citation needed]

2016 (4th edition)[edit]

In the 2016 edition, Dhaka Dynamites won the tournament for the third time by defeating Rajshahi Kings in the final.[citation needed]

2017 (5th edition)[edit]

In the 2017–18 edition of the league, the Sylhet franchise returned as the Sylhet Sixers with new ownership and management. As a result, the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium was also listed as a third venue. Barisal Bulls franchise was suspended due to financial mishaps.[citation needed]

2018 (6th edition)[edit]

2018-19 Bangladesh Premier League was won by Comilla Victorians. They defeated Dhaka Dynamites as they won their second BPL title.[8][9] Mashrafe Mortaza became the most successful captain with 4 trophies. (Dhaka Gladiators: 2012, 2013; Comilla Victorians: 2015; Rangpur Riders: 2017)

2019-20 (7th edition)[edit]

In September 2019, BCB President Nazmul Hasan Papon informed the media about certain changes in rules and regulations for the 2019–20 season and eliminating all franchises, BCB took over the charge and decided to run this tournament by the board itself and named the tournament as Bangabandhu BPL T20 2019 in order to pay homage to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on his birth centenary.[10][11]

Rajshahi Royals defeated Khulna Tigers by 21 runs in the final match. Royals skipper Andre Russell was elected as both Man of the match for the final and Player of the Tournament for his all-round performances and for leading his side to their maiden BPL title.[12][13]

2022 (8th edition)[edit]

The 2021–22 season, the eighth edition also named Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League T20 (BBPL T20)–2022, was initially scheduled to start in March 2021.[14] However, the tournament was postponed and rescheduled to be held from 21 January to 18 February 2022.[15] In December 2021, all six teams were announced, with Rangpur Rangers and the defending champion Rajshahi Royals being excluded, a franchise from Barisal was included and Comilla Victorians also returned after a year break.[16] Initially, Rupa Steel & Marn Group owned the Dhaka franchise, but a day before the players' draft their ownership was terminated due to non compliance of rules. However, the Minister Group took ownership of the franchise after the players' draft.[17] Due to the unavailability of technical teams the DRS system could not used in this season. Initially, BCB decided to allow spectators this year, however, due to the rise of Omicron variants, the board backed out from its decision and decided to play behind closed doors.[18]

The two points table topper team Fortune Barishal and Comilla Victorians reached the final. In the final, Comilla Victorians defended 151 runs to win their third title in a thrilling 1-run victory.[19] Sunil Narine was the Player of the Final for his all-round performances. Shakib Al Hasan, captain of the runners-up team, Fortune Barishal received the Player of the Tournament award for his all-round performance, having scored 284 runs in 11 innings and picked up 16 wickets.[citation needed]

League organisation[edit]

At a corporate level, the Bangladesh Premier League considers itself an association made up of and financed by its member teams. All income generated through television rights, licensing agreements, sponsorship, ticket sales and other means is earned and shared between the Bangladesh Cricket Board and the participating franchises. The league is controlled by a Governing Council (GC). As the parent organisation, the Bangladesh Cricket Board appoints the GC's members.

As of the 2018–19 season, the league consists of seven franchises. Each team players every other team twice in the round-robin stage of the competition with the teams with the top 4 advancing to a series of play-off matches. These lead to a championship match in which the league champion is decided.

Mymensingh Division is the only division in the country to not have any representative franchise in the league, whereas the proposed Meghna Division is represented by Comilla Victorians.

Current teams[edit]

Team City Owner Debut Current Captain Current Coach
Comilla Victorians Cumilla, Chattogram Division Nafisa Kamal 2015 Imrul Kayes Mohammad Salahuddin
Fortune Barishal Barisal, Barisal Division Fortune Shoes 2012 Shakib Al Hasan Khaled Mahmud
Chattogram Challengers Chattogram, Chattogram Division Delta Sports Limited 2012 Afif Hossain Shaun Tait
Khulna Tigers Khulna, Khulna Division MindTree Limited 2012 Mushfiqur Rahim Lance Klusener
TBD Dhaka, Dhaka Division Pragati Green Auto Rice Mills 2012 Mahmudullah Mizanur Rahman
Rangpur Riders Rangpur, Rangpur Division Bashundhara Group 2013 TBD TBD
TBD Sylhet, Sylhet Division Future Sports Bangladesh 2012 Ravi Bopara Mervyn Dillon

Defunct teams[edit]

Team City Owner Debut Last played Current Captain Current Coach
Rajshahi Royals Rajshahi, Rajshahi Division 2012 2019–20

Draft system[edit]

The BPL operates a draft system to assign players to teams. Franchises can choose new players during an annual draft. Teams can also choose to retain players from one year to the next and players can also be signed outside of the draft and traded between organisations. Since 2015, Imago Sports Management has been conducting the players draft event also is the official players management partner of Bangladesh Cricket Board for Bangladesh Premier League[20][21]

Tournament seasons and results[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Results[22]
Season Final venue Final Teams Man of the Tournament
Winner Result Runner-up
2012
Details
Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur Dhaka Gladiators
144/2 (15.4 overs)
Dhaka Gladiators won by 8 wickets
Scorecard
Barisal Burners
140/7 (20 overs)
6 Shakib Al Hasan
(Khulna Royal Bengals)
2012–13
Details
Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur Dhaka Gladiators
172–9 (20 overs)
Dhaka Gladiators won by 43 runs
Scorecard
Chittagong Kings
129 (16.5 overs)
7 Shakib Al Hasan
(Dhaka Gladiators)
2015–16
Details
Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur Comilla Victorians
157/7 (20 overs)
Comilla Victorians won by 3 wickets
Scorecard
Barisal Bulls
156/4 (20 overs)
6 Ashar Zaidi
(Comilla Victorians)
2016–17
Details
Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur Dhaka Dynamites
159/9 (20 overs)
Dhaka Dynamites won by 56 runs
Scorecard
Rajshahi Kings
103 (17.4 overs)
7 Mahmudullah
(Khulna Titans)
2017–18
Details
Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur Rangpur Riders
206/1 (20 overs)
Rangpur Riders won by 57 runs
Scorecard
Dhaka Dynamites
149/9 (20 overs)
7 Chris Gayle
(Rangpur Riders)
2018–19
Details
Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur Comilla Victorians
199/3 (20 overs)
Comilla Victorians won by 17 runs
Scorecard
Dhaka Dynamites
182/9 (20 overs)
7 Shakib Al Hasan
(Dhaka Dynamites)
2019–20
Details
Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur Rajshahi Royals
170/4 (20 overs)
Rajshahi Royals won by 21 runs
Scorecard
Khulna Tigers
149/8 (20 overs)
7 Andre Russell (Rajshahi Royals)
2021–22
Details
Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur Comilla Victorians
151/9 (20 overs)
Comilla Victorians won by 1 run
Scorecard
Fortune Barishal
150/8 (20 overs)
6 Shakib Al Hasan
(Fortune Barishal)

Overall team performances[edit]

Records include all matches played under the name of a franchise, even where the franchise has been suspended and re-created as a new organisation.

Overall team performances[23]
Team Match Win Loss Tied Tied+W Tied+L NR Win%
Chattogram Challengers 99 45 52 0 1 0 1 46.94%
Comilla Victorians 77 45 30 0 1 0 1 60.54%
Fortune Barishal 61 32 27 0 0 1 1 53.33%
Khulna Tigers 87 39 46 0 0 1 1 45.35%
Minister Dhaka 103 59 42 0 0 0 2 58.42%
Sylhet Sunrisers 80 25 53 0 0 0 2 32.05%
Rajshahi Royals 78 40 38 0 0 0 0 51.28%
Rangpur Rangers 77 40 37 0 0 0 0 51.94%
Last Updated: 05 March 2022

Note:

  • Tie&W and Tie&L indicate matches tied and then won or lost by "Super Over"
  • The win percentage excludes no results.

Overall team standings[edit]

Season wise team standings[22]
Season
(No. Of Teams)
2012
(6)
2013
(7)
2015
(6)
2016
(7)
2017
(7)
2019
(7)
2019-20
(7)
2022
(6)
Chattogram Challengers 5th R 6th 4th 7th 4th 3rd
Comilla Victorians DNP C 6th 3rd C 5th C
Fortune Barishal R 5th R 7th DNP R
Khulna Tigers 4th 7th DNP 3rd 4th 7th R 4th
Minister Dhaka C 4th C R 4th 5th
Rajshahi Royals 3rd 4th DNP R 6th 5th C DNP
Rangpur Rangers DNP 5th 3rd 5th C 3rd 6th
Sylhet Sunrisers 6th 3rd 5th DNP 5th 6th 7th 6th

Team performances[edit]

Team performances[22][23]
Teams Span Champion(s) Runner–up(s) Appearances Playoffs League Stage
Minister Dhaka 2012 – present 3 (2012, 2013, 2016) 2 (2017, 2019) 8 2 (2015, 2019–20) 1 (2022)
Comilla Victorians 2015 – present 3 (2015, 2019, 2022) 0 6 1 (2017) 2 (2016, 2019–20)
Rajshahi Royals 2012 – 2020 1 (2019–20) 1 (2016) 6 2 (2012, 2013) 2 (2017, 2019)
Rangpur Rangers 2013 – 2020 1 (2017) 0 6 2 (2015, 2019) 3 (2013, 2016, 2019–2020)
Fortune Barishal 2012 – present 0 3 (2012, 2015, 2022) 5 0 2 (2013, 2016)
Chattogram Challengers 2012 – present 0 1 (2013) 8 4 (2016, 2019, 2019–20, 2022) 3 (2012, 2015, 2017)
Khulna Tigers 2012 – present 0 1 (2019–20) 7 4 (2012, 2016, 2017, 2022) 2 (2013, 2019)
Sylhet Sunrisers 2012 – present 0 0 7 1 (2013) 6 (2012, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2019–2020, 2022)

Sponsorship[edit]

For the first season of the tournament, Bangladeshi conglomerate Destiny Group was the main sponsor of the tournament, negotiating a one-year sponsorship package for 75 million taka (US$1.0 million). Prime Bank Limited was awarded the sponsorship deal for the second season for 100 million taka (US$1.5 million). BRB Cables Limited held the sponsorship rights for third season in 2015 with 150 million taka (US$2.0 million). Abul Khair Steel (AKS), a sister concern group of Abul Khair Industries Limited became the title sponsor of the fourth and fifth editions.

Season Sponsorship Rights Gross Revenues Earned[24] Broadcasting Rights
2012 Destiny Group
7.5 crore (US$800,000)
354.7 crore (US$38 million) Channel Nine
632 crore (US$67 million)
four-year broadcasting rights (2012–16)[25]
2013 Prime Bank Limited
10 crore (US$1.1 million)
302 crore (US$32 million)
2015–16 BRB Cables Industries Limited
15 crore (US$1.6 million)
266.5 crore (US$28 million)
2016–17 Abul Khair Steel (AKS) and Shah Cement
22 crore (US$2.3 million)
433 crore (US$46 million) (2016–17)
Unpublished GTV and Maasranga
640 crore (US$68 million)
three-year broadcasting rights (2017–2019)[26]
2019–present United Commercial Bank Ltd (UCB) and TVS Motor Company
Akash DTH and TVS Motor Company
2022 BBS Cables and Walton GTV and T Sports

Broadcasters[edit]

BCB sells worldwide media rights for $20.02 million. The BCB has sold its worldwide media rights for the next six years, until April 2020, to Gazi TV for the price of $20.02 million.[27]

Territory Years Channels & Live Streaming
 Bangladesh (2017–2023)
(2021–2023)
(2017–2020)
(2012–2016)
Gazi TV
T Sports
Maasranga Television
Channel 9
 Canada (2022–present) Hotstar Canada[28]
 Caribbean (2022–present) Flow Sports
 India (2022–present) Viacom18
 Ireland (2022–present) BT Sport[28]
North Asia:- (2022–present) Rabbitholebd on YouTube
South Asia:- (2022–present) Rabbitholebd on YouTube
 United Kingdom (2022–present) BT Sport[28]
 United States (2022–present) Hotstar US[28]
Worldwide Television Rights (2012–2016)
(2017–2020)
(2021–2023)
Virgo Media Limited
Gazi Satellite Television Limited
Square Group
Ban Tech
Worldwide Internet Rights (2012–2016)
(2017–2020)
(2021–2023)
YouTube
Rabbitholebd on YouTube

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

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