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 2015
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)

The Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) (Bengali:বাংলাদেশ প্রিমিয়ার লীগ) is a professional domestic Twenty20 cricket tournament in Bangladesh which was established in 2012. The Bangladesh Premier League replaced the previous competition, the National Cricket League Twenty20, and features city-based franchises instead of the divisional teams which had participated previously and continue to do so in other domestic competitions. The third season of BPL might take place in November 2015.


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.[1] 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.[2]

Second season[edit]

The second season of the tournament began on 18 January 2013, with the opening ceremony taking place in 17 January, while the player auction player's auction took place on 20 December 2012.[3] 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.[4]

League organization[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.[1] The minimum bidding price for each franchise was $1 million. The franchise owners are now in possession of the franchise for six years and can only sell it after three years.[5] Rangpur Riders was the seventh team to enter the tournament, making its debut in 2013 Bangladesh Premier League.[6] [7]

Team Division Owner(s) Price[8] 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 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.[5]
  • 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.[9]
  • On 20 February the organisers allowed for teams to purchase 2 extra foreign players and 2 local players.

Tournament results[edit]

Year Final venue Final
Winner Result Runner-up
Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium Dhaka Gladiators
144/2 (15.4 overs)
Dhaka won by 8 wickets
Barisal Burners
140/7 (20 overs)
Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium Dhaka Gladiators
172/9 (20 overs)
Dhaka won by 43 runs
Chittagong Kings
129 (16.5 overs)

Team performances[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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  2. ^ [1] BPL WEBSITE
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  4. ^ "BPL 2 from Jan 17". The Daily Star. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "BPL to brand Bangladesh". The Daily Star. 
  6. ^ "Rangpur 7th BPL team". The Daily Star. 16 December 2012. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Flora snaps up Rangpur Riders at secret auction". The New Age. 16 December 2012. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Chittagong priciest at $1.2m". The Daily Star. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  9. ^ Associate players eyeing BPL platform | ESPN Cricinfo
  10. ^ "TV Channels Broadcasting BPL T20 2013 Live on TV". Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Bangladesh Premier League / Records / Highest totals". Cricinfo. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  12. ^ "Bangladesh Premier League / Records / Lowest totals". Cricinfo. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  13. ^ a b c "Bangladesh Premier League / Records / Largest victories". Cricinfo. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  14. ^ a b c "Bangladesh Premier League / Records / Smallest victories". Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  15. ^ "Bangladesh Premier League / Records / High scores". Cricinfo. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  16. ^ "Bangladesh Premier League / Records / Most runs in a series". Cricinfo. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  17. ^ "Bangladesh Premier League / Records / Best bowling figures in an innings". Cricinfo. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  18. ^ "Bangladesh Premier League / Records / Most wickets". Cricinfo. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 

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