Bangladesh Premier League
|Administrator||Bangladesh Cricket Board,
BPL Governing Council
|Tournament format||Round-robin and Playoffs|
|Number of teams||7|
|Current champion|| Dhaka Dynamites
|Most successful|| Dhaka Dynamites
(3 titles) (2 as Dhaka Gladiators)
|2017–18 Bangladesh Premier League|
The Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) is a professional cricket league consisting of seven teams, based on the seven largest cities of Bangladesh. The BPL is one of the three professional cricket leagues in Bangladesh. The BPL starts in November and each team face each other twice in the league stage. Following the conclusion of the regular season, four teams advance to the playoffs, a single-elimination game and two qualifier games culminating in the Championship game, between the winner of Eliminator and Qualifier two.
The Bangladesh Premier League was formed in 2011 by the Bangladesh Cricket Board, after the suspension of its predecessor organization, 2009/10 National Cricket League Twenty20. The first season was held during February 2012, and the games were held across Dhaka and Chittagong. Today, the BPL is one of the most popular T20 leagues in the world. The BPL is headed by the chairman of the Governing Council.
The team with the most BPL titles are the Dhaka Dynamites with three titles, including two consecutive titles during the first two seasons of the tournament. Comilla Victorians are the only other team to win a championship. The current champions are the Dhaka Dynamites, who defeated the Rajshahi Kings in BPL IV. The league draws many highly skilled professional cricketers from all over the world, and currently has players from approximately 11 countries.
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 into 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 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 clubs. The auction fetched 305-crores, with Chittagong Kings being the most expensive.
The first edition of the league was officially launched on 9 February 2012, in a lavish opening ceremony at , home of Bangladesh Cricket. 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 championship 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.
Rangpur Riders were added as a seventh team for the 2012–13 season following the addition of Rangpur as the seventh administrative division of Bangladesh. 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.
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 delays in making payments to players. The owners of Dhaka Gladiators were handed a lifetime suspension by the governing committee. A number of players and administrators were handed bans for match fixing, including the captain of Bangladesh Mohammad Ashraful.
Following the match fixing scandal, the league was not played in either the 2013–14 or 2014–15 season. It returned in the 2015–16 season with six new franchises and matches played in the run up to the Victory Day national holiday in mid December. 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 and two new franchises, Khulna Titans and Rajshahi Kings, were introduced bringing the number of teams in the competition back to seven.
In the 2017–18 edition of the league, the Sylhet franchise returned under the Sylhet Sixers with new ownership and management. As a result Sylhet was also listed as a third venue. The Barisal Bulls franchise was suspended due to financial issues.
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 2017–18 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.
|Team||City||Home Ground||Owner||Captain||Head Coach|
|Chittagong Vikings||Chittagong||Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium||DBL Group||Misbah-ul-Haq||Nurul Abedin|
|Comilla Victorians||Comilla||None (as of now)||Legends Sporting||Tamim Iqbal||Mohammad Salahuddin|
|Dhaka Dynamites||Dhaka||Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium||Beximco Group||Shakib Al Hasan||Khaled Mahmud|
|Khulna Titans||Khulna||None (as of now)||Gemcon Group||Mahmudullah||Mahela Jayawardene|
|Rajshahi Kings||Rajshahi||None (as of now)||Mango Entertainment||Darren Sammy||Sarwar Imran|
|Rangpur Riders||Rangpur||None (as of now)||Sohana Sports (Bashundhara Group)||Mashrafe Mortaza||Tom Moody|
|Sylhet Sixers||Sylhet||Sylhet International Cricket Stadium||Sylhet Sports||TBD||Zafrul Ehsan|
The BPL operates a draft system to assign players to teams. New players can be chosen by franchises during an annual draft. Teams can also choose to retain players from one yer 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
|Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium|| Dhaka Gladiators
144/2 (15.4 overs)
|Dhaka Gladiators won by 8 wickets
| Barisal Burners
140/7 (20 overs)
|6||Shakib Al Hasan (Khulna Royal Bengals)|
|Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium|| Dhaka Gladiators
175/1 (20 overs)
|Dhaka Gladiators won by 52 runs
| Chittagong Kings
|7||Shakib Al Hasan (Dhaka Gladiators)|
|Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium|| Comilla Victorians
157/7 (20 overs)
|Comilla Victorians won by 3 wickets
| Barisal Bulls
156/4 (20 overs)
|6||Ashar Zaidi (Comilla Victorians)|
|Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium|| Dhaka Dynamites
159/9 (20 overs)
|Dhaka Dynamites won by 56 runs
| Rajshahi Kings
103 (17.4 overs)
|7||Mahmudullah (Khulna Titans)|
|Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium||TBD||TBD||TBD||7||TBD|
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.
|Match||Win||Loss||Tied||No Results||Win Percentage||2012||2013||2015||2016||2017|
- Suspended Team
|Dhaka Dynamites||2012 – present||3 (2011–12, 2012–13, 2016–17)||0||5||1 (2015–16)||0|
|Comilla Victorians||2015 – present||1 (2015–16)||0||3||0||1 (2016–17)|
|Barisal Bulls||2012 – 2016||0||2 (2011–12, 2015–16)||4||0||2 (2012–13, 2016–17)|
|Rajshahi Kings||2012 – present||0||1 (2016–17)||4||2 (2011–12, 2012–13)||0|
|Chittagong Vikings||2012 – present||0||1 (2012–13)||5||1 (2016–17)||2 (2011–12, 2015–16)|
|Khulna Titans||2012 – present||0||0||4||2 (2011–12, 2016–17)||1 (2012–13)|
|Rangpur Riders||2013 – present||0||0||4||1(2015–16)||2 (2012–13, 2016–17)|
|Sylhet Sixers||2012 – present||0||0||4||1 (2012–13)||2 (2011–12, 2015–16)|
Trophies and Awards
The Bangladesh Premier League has used three different trophies during its existence. The first trophy, the Destiny-BPL Trophy, was awarded during the first season of the tournament. The trophy was named after the initial sponsor of the tournament. The trophy was changed during the second season of the league when the main sponsor changed. In 2015, A permanent design was unveiled, and titled BRB-BPL Championship Trophy. This trophy was used from the 2015–16 season. Bangladesh Cricket Board procured a brand new trophy from England for season four 2016–17 season and this trophy will be the signature trophy of BPL and winning team will get replica trophy.
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 7.5 crores taka (US$1.0 million). Prime Bank Limited was awarded with the sponsorship deal for the second season for 10 crores taka (US$1.5 million). BRB Cables Limited held the sponsorship rights for third season in 2015 with 15 crores 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 edition.
|Season||Sponsorship Rights||Net Revenues Earned||Broadcasting Rights|
7.5 crores (US$1.0 million)
|US$43.0 million||Channel Nine
632 crores (US$80 million)
four-year broadcasting rights (2012-16)
|2013-14||Prime Bank Limited
10 crores (US$1.5 million)
|2015-16||BRB Cables Industries Limited
15 crores (US$2.0 million)
|2016-17||Abul Khair Steel and Shah Cement
22 crores (US$2.8 million)
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