Bangladesh Premier League

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Bangladesh Premier League
CountriesBangladesh Bangladesh
AdministratorBangladesh Cricket Board
BPL Governing Council
First Edition2012
Latest Edition2017
Next Edition2019
Tournament formatRound-robin and Playoffs
Number of teams7
Current champion Rangpur Riders (1st title)
Most successful Dhaka Dynamites (3 titles) (2 as Dhaka Gladiators)
Most runsBangladesh Mahmudullah (1400)
Most wicketsBangladesh Shakib Al Hasan (83)

The Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ প্রিমিয়ার লীগ) is a professional cricket league consisting of seven franchises. The BPL is one of the three professional cricket leagues in Bangladesh. In November each team face each other twice in the league stage. Following the conclusion of the regular season, 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 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 its Governing Council who is currently Afzalur Rahman Sinha.

The team with the most BPL titles are Dhaka Dynamites with three titles, including two consecutive titles during the first two seasons of the tournament as Dhaka Gladiators. Comilla Victorians and Rangpur Riders are the only other teams to be crowned champions. The current champions are Rangpur Riders, who defeated Dhaka Dynamites in BPL Season 5.


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 clubs.

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. 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.

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 and most of the matches while 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,

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.[1] A number of players and administrators were handed bans for match fixing, including the former captain of Bangladesh, Mohammad Ashraful.

Following the match fixing scandal, the league was not played in the year 2014. It returned in the 2015 with six new franchises and in 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[2] and two new franchises, Khulna Titans and Rajshahi Kings, were introduced, bringing the number of teams in the competition back to seven.

In the 2016 edition, Dhaka Dynamites won the cup hence crowned champions. Newbies Rajshahi Kings were runners-up.

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.

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 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
Current Teams
Chittagong Vikings Chittagong Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium DBL Group Bangladesh Mushfiqur Rahim Bangladesh Nurul Abedin
Comilla Victorians Comilla None Legends Sporting Limited Bangladesh Tamim Iqbal Bangladesh Mohammad Salahuddin
Dhaka Dynamites Dhaka Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium Beximco Group Bangladesh Shakib Al Hasan Bangladesh Khaled Mahmud
Khulna Titans Khulna None Gemcon Group Bangladesh Mahmudullah Sri Lanka Mahela Jayawardene
Rajshahi Kings Rajshahi None Mango Entertainment TBD South Africa Lance Klusener
Rangpur Riders Rangpur None Bashundhara Group Bangladesh Mashrafe Mortaza Australia Tom Moody
Sylhet Sixers Sylhet Sylhet International Cricket Stadium Sylhet Sports Australia David Warner Pakistan Waqar Younis
Defunct Teams
Barisal Bulls Barisal None N/A

Draft system[edit]

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[3][4]

Tournament results[edit]

Season Final venue Final Teams Man of the Tournament
Winner Result Runner-up
Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur Dhaka Gladiators
144/2 (15.4 overs)
Dhaka Gladiators won by 8 wickets
Barisal Burners
140/7 (20 overs)
6 Bangladesh Shakib Al Hasan
(Khulna Royal Bengals)
Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur Dhaka Gladiators
172-9 (20 overs)
Dhaka Gladiators won by 43 runs
Chittagong Kings
129 (16.5 overs)
7 Bangladesh Shakib Al Hasan
(Dhaka Gladiators)
Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur Comilla Victorians Colors.png Comilla Victorians
157/7 (20 overs)
Comilla Victorians won by 3 wickets
Barisal Bulls Colors.png Barisal Bulls
156/4 (20 overs)
6 England Ashar Zaidi
(Comilla Victorians)
Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur Dhaka Dynamites
159/9 (20 overs)
Dhaka Dynamites won by 56 runs
Rajshahi Kings
103 (17.4 overs)
7 Bangladesh Mahmudullah
(Khulna Titans)
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 West Indies Cricket Board Chris Gayle
(Rangpur Riders)

Overall records[5][6][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.

Team Performance Standing
Match Win Loss Tied No Results Win Percentage 2012 2013 2015 2016 2018
Chittagong Vikings 60 24 35 1 0 40% 5th R 6th 4th 7th
Comilla Victorians Colors.png Comilla Victorians 38 23 15 0 0 60.53% DNP C 6th 3rd
Dhaka Dynamites 65 40 24 1 0 61.54% C C 4th C R
Khulna Titans 50 23 26 1 0 46% 4th 7th DNP 3rd 4th
Rajshahi Kings 51 24 27 0 0 47.06% 3rd 4th DNP R 6th
Rangpur Riders 51 27 24 0 0 52.94% DNP 5th 3rd 5th C
Sylhet Sixers 46 18 27 1 0 39.13% 6th 3rd 5th DNP 5th
Barisal Bulls 49 24 25 0 0 48.98% R 5th R 7th DNP

Team performances[5][6][edit]

Teams Span Champion(s) Runner–up(s) Appearances Playoffs League Stage
Dhaka Dynamites 2012 – present 3 (2012, 2013, 2016) 1 (2017) 5 1 (2015) 0
Comilla Victorians Colors.png Comilla Victorians 2015 – present 1 (2015) 0 3 1 (2017) 1 (2016)
Rangpur Riders 2013 – present 1 (2017) 0 4 1(2015) 2 (2013, 2016)
Barisal Bulls Colors.png Barisal Bulls 2012 – 2016 0 2 (2012, 2015) 4 0 2 (2013, 2016)
Rajshahi Kings 2012 – present 0 1 (2016) 4 2 (2012, 2013) 1 (2017)
Chittagong Vikings 2012– present 0 1 (2013) 5 1 (2016) 3 (2012, 2015, 2017)
Khulna Titans 2012 – present 0 0 4 3 (2012, 2016, 2017) 1 (2013)
Sylhet Sixers 2012 – present 0 0 4 1 (2013) 3 (2012, 2015, 2017)


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 and fifth edition.

Season Sponsorship Rights Gross Revenues Earned[7] Broadcasting Rights
2012 Destiny Group
7.5 crore (US$960,000)
354.7 crore (US$46 million) Channel Nine
632 crore (US$81 million)
four-year broadcasting rights (2012-16)[8]
2013 Prime Bank Limited
10 crore (US$1.3 million)
302 crore (US$39 million)
2015-16 BRB Cables Industries Limited
15 crore (US$1.9 million)
266.5 crore (US$34 million)
2016–present Abul Khair Steel (AKS) and Shah Cement
22 crore (US$2.8 million)
433 crore (US$56 million) (2016–17)
TBD (2017–18) GTV
640 crore (US$82 million)
three-year broadcasting rights (2017-2019) [9]


Territory Years Channels
 Bangladesh 2017–present GTV
 Afghanistan 2017–present Lemar TV (Moby)
 Caribbean 2017–present Flow TV
 India 2017–present DSport
Arab League Middle East and North Africa 2018-–present CRICINGIF (OTT)
 Pakistan 2018–present Geo Super
 South Africa and African Union Rest of Africa 2016–present StarTimes
 South Korea,
 China and
2017–present Ticon System Ltd. (OTT)
Association of Southeast Asian Nations Southeast Asia 2016–present SportsFix
 United Kingdom 2016–present FreeSports
 United States and  Canada 2017–present Willow

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pieal, Jannatul. "Rangpur cleared to bid again, BPL-3 may see eight teams". bdcricteam. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  2. ^ Eighty-five players picked in BPL 2016-17 draft, Cricinfo, 2016-09-30. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  3. ^ BPL 2015 Players Draft
  4. ^
  5. ^ a b "Cricket Records | Bangladesh Premier League | Records | Result summary". ESPN Cricinfo. Archived from the original on 10 September 2016. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Cricket Records | Bangladesh Premier League | Records | Series results". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  7. ^ "How Much Did BCB Earn from BPL?". The Bengali Times. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  8. ^ Isam, Mohammad. "BCB sells worldwide media rights for $20.02 million". Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  9. ^ সংবাদদাতা, নিজস্ব. "বিপিএল-এর সম্প্রচার স্বত্ব ৮১ কোটিতে বিক্রি". Retrieved 12 January 2017.