Bangladesh Premier League

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Bangladesh Premier League
First edition2012
Latest edition2019–20
Next edition2022
Tournament formatRound-robin and Playoffs
Number of teams7
Current championRajshahi Royals (1st title)
Most successfulFranchise of Dhaka (3 titles)
Most runsMushfiqur Rahim (2274)
Most wicketsShakib Al Hasan (106)
TVList of broadcasters

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 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 organisation, 2009/10 National Cricket League Twenty20. The first season was held during February 2012, and the games were held across Dhaka and Chittagong. The BPL is headed by the chairman of its Governing Council.

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, Rangpur Riders and Rajshahi Royals are the only other teams to be crowned champions. The current champions are Rajshahi Royals, who defeated Khulna Tigers in BPL Season 7.

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]


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.[3] 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.[4] 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 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[5] 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 tournament for the third time by defeating Rajshahi Kings in the final.

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.

2019-20 special 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.[6][7]

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 final and Player of the Tournament for his all-round performances and leading his side for their maiden BPL title.[8][9]

League organisation[edit]

Locations of Bangladesh Premier League teams

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.

Barisal and Mymensingh are the only divisions in the country to not have any representative franchise in the league.

Team City Owner Debut Current Captain Current Coach
Chattogram Challengers Chittagong, Chittagong Division None[a] 2012 Mahmudullah Paul Nixon
Cumilla Warriors Comilla, Chittagong Division Nafisa Kamal, Mustafa Kamal, Legends Sporting Limited[a] 2015 Soumya Sarkar Ottis Gibson
Dhaka Platoon Dhaka, Dhaka Division Salman F Rahman, Shayan F Rahman, BEXIMCO[a] 2012 Mashrafe Mortaza Mohammad Salahuddin
Khulna Tigers Khulna, Khulna Division Gemcon Group[a] 2012 Mushfiqur Rahim James Foster
Rajshahi Royals Rajshahi, Rajshahi Division Mango Entertainment[a] 2012 Andre Russell Owais Shah
Rangpur Rangers Rangpur, Rangpur Division Ahmed Akbar Sobhan, Safwan Sobhan, Bashundhara Group[a] 2013 Shane Watson Mark O'Donnell
Sylhet Thunder Sylhet, Sylhet Division Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, Shahed Muhith, Sylhet Sports Limited[a] 2012 Andre Fletcher Herschelle Gibbs
Defunct team
Barisal Bulls Barisal, Barisal Division None 2012–2017 N/A 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 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[10][11]

Tournament seasons and 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 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 Shakib Al Hasan
(Dhaka Gladiators)
Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur 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 Stadium, Mirpur 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 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)
Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur Comilla Victorians
199/3 (20 overs)
Comilla Victorians won by 17 runs
Dhaka Dynamites
182/9 (20 overs)
7 Shakib Al Hasan
(Dhaka Dynamites)
Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur Rajshahi Royals
170/4 (20 overs)
Rajshahi Royals won by 21 runs
Khulna Tigers
149/8 (20 overs)
7 Andre Russell (Rajshahi Royals)

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[13]
Team Match Win Loss Tied Tied+W Tied+L NR Win%
Chattogram Challengers 86 39 46 0 1 0 0 46.51%
Cumilla Warriors 64 37 26 0 1 0 0 59.38%
Dhaka Platoon 92 55 37 0 0 0 0 59.78%
Khulna Tigers 75 34 40 0 0 1 0 46.67%
Rajshahi Royals 78 40 38 0 0 0 0 51.28%
Rangpur Rangers 77 40 37 0 0 0 0 51.94%
Sylhet Thunder 69 24 45 0 0 0 0 34.78%
Barisal Bulls 49 24 25 0 0 1 0 48.98%
Last Updated: 18 January 2020

Overall team standings[edit]

Season wise team standings[12]
(No. Of Teams)
Chattogram Challengers 5th R 6th 4th 7th 4th 3rd
Cumilla Warriors DNP C 6th 3rd C 5th
Dhaka Platoon C 4th C R 4th
Khulna Tigers 4th 7th DNP 3rd 4th 7th R
Rajshahi Royals 3rd 4th R 6th 5th C
Rangpur Rangers DNP 5th 3rd 5th C 3rd 6th
Sylhet Thunder 6th 3rd 5th DNP 5th 6th 7th
Barisal Bulls R 5th R 7th DNP

Team performances[edit]

Team performances[12][13]
Teams Span Champion(s) Runner–up(s) Appearances Playoffs League Stage
Dhaka Platoon 2012 – present 3 (2012, 2013, 2016) 2 (2017, 2019) 7 2 (2015, 2019–20) 0
Cumilla Warriors 2015 – present 2 (2015, 2019) 0 5 1 (2017) 2 (2016, 2019–20)
Rajshahi Royals 2012 – present 1 (2019–20) 1 (2016) 6 2 (2012, 2013) 2 (2017, 2019)
Rangpur Rangers 2013 – present 1 (2017) 0 6 2 (2015, 2019) 3 (2013, 2016, 2019–2020)
Barisal Bulls 2012 – 2016 0 2 (2012, 2015) 4 0 2 (2013, 2016)
Chattogram Challengers 2012 – present 0 1 (2013) 7 3 (2016, 2019, 2019–20) 3 (2012, 2015, 2017)
Khulna Tigers 2012 – present 0 1 (2019–20) 6 3 (2012, 2016, 2017) 2 (2013, 2019)
Sylhet Thunder 2012 – present 0 0 6 1 (2013) 5 (2012, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2019–2020)


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 with 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 edition.

Season Sponsorship Rights Gross Revenues Earned[14] Broadcasting Rights
2012 Destiny Group
7.5 crore (US$890,000)
354.7 crore (US$42 million) Channel Nine
632 crore (US$75 million)
four-year broadcasting rights (2012–16)[15]
2013 Prime Bank Limited
10 crore (US$1.2 million)
302 crore (US$36 million)
2015–16 BRB Cables Industries Limited
15 crore (US$1.8 million)
266.5 crore (US$32 million)
2016–17 Abul Khair Steel (AKS) and Shah Cement
22 crore (US$2.6 million)
433 crore (US$51 million) (2016–17)
Unpublished GTV and Maasranga
640 crore (US$76 million)
three-year broadcasting rights (2017–2019)[16]
2019–present United Commercial Bank Ltd (UCB) and TVS Motor Company
Akash DTH and TVS Motor Company


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.[17]

Territory Years Television
 Bangladesh (2019–present)
Gazi TV
Maasranga TV
 Afghanistan (2019–present) RTA Sports
 Canada (2019–present) Hotstar Canada
 Caribbean (2019–present) Flow Sports
 India (2019–present) Fancode
 Ireland (2019–present) BT Sport
 Pakistan (2019–present) Geo Super
 United Kingdom (2019–present) BT Sport
 United States (2019–present) Hotstar US
Worldwide Internet Rights (2019–present) Rabbitholebd

Source: [18]

See also[edit]


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  7. ^ বিসিবিই চালাবে বিপিএল, থাকছে না কোনো ফ্র্যাঞ্চাইজি. Prothom Alo (in Bengali). 11 September 2019.
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  14. ^ "How Much Did BCB Earn from BPL?". The Bengali Times. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  15. ^ Isam, Mohammad. "BCB sells worldwide media rights for $20.02 million". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
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