|Founded:||2012 as Barisal Burners; rebranded 2015|
|Home ground:||Abdur Rab Serniabad Stadium|
The Barisal Bulls (Bengali: বরিশাল ষাঁড়) are a franchise cricket team that plays in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), representing the country's Barisal Division. Following the 2015 competition, the Bulls are one of the BPL's six existing members and are expected to participate in the league's 2016 edition. The team is headquartered in the city of Barisal itself, which is on the bank of the Kirtankhola river in south-central Bangladesh, and so is one of two teams playing in the city, alongside the Barisal Division cricket team which is active in first-class cricket. The Bulls play their home matches at the Barisal Divisional Stadium in Barisal. This team was founded in 2012 as Barisal Burners; rebranded in 2015 as Barisal Bulls.
The team was originally established in 2012 for the inaugural BPL season as the Barisal Burners (Bengali: বরিশাল বার্নার্স, often abbreviated as BB). The Burners were the BPL runners-up in 2012. The Burners were one of the teams dissolved in 2013 after the BPL's second edition. The franchise was sold to the current owners Axiom Technologies and rebranded as the Bulls for the 2015 edition. The Bulls were coached by Graham Ford and captained by Mahmudullah Riyad in BPL Season 3 2015 Bangladesh Premier League. Sri Lanka born Australian Dav Whatmore has been appointed as head coach. Bangladesh current test captain Mushfiqur Rahim will play role as captain of BPL Season 4 2016-17 Bangladesh Premier League.
In 2012, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) created the Bangladesh Premier League cricket tournament to be played under Twenty20 rules. For the inaugural tournament held in February of the same year, a list of six teams to participate in the tournament was finalised. The teams representing the divisions of Bangladesh, including Barisal, were put up for auction at the Radisson Hotel in Dhaka on 10 January 2012. Barisal Burners were bought by ALIF SSL Sports Holdings Ltd (a concern of the ALIF Group) for a price of USD 1.01 million, which was the lowest price paid at the auction.
The biggest buy by the Burners was for West Indies opener Chris Gayle, who was bought for a grand total of $551,000, the second biggest buy of the inaugural BPL, however he was only available for five games. In his short stay he was able to score two centuries and had the highest average of 97.00. The Burners continued with Pakistani opener Ahmed Shehzad and the experienced Australian Brad Hodge opening the batting. Other players in the team included Shahriar Nafees, who was the "icon player", and Mominul Haque, Al Amin, Suhrawadi Shuvo, English wicketkeeper Phil Mustard and Pakistan's Yasir Arafat. The team also included Australian fast bowler Shane Harwood until he was injured. The Burners had a stable batting lineup which was crucial in enabling them to qualify for the semi-finals, especially in a close run chase against Chittagong Kings in the penultimate league match. The Burners defeated the league winners Duronto Rajshahi in the semi-final but lost the final against Dhaka Gladiators by 8 wickets.
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At the 2015 season of BPL, Barisal Burners was rebranded as Barisal Bulls due to the change in franchisee. The biggest buy that season for them was Chris Gayle who played for Barisal Burners in the 2012 season and Dhaka Gladiators in the 2013 season. He was brought for an approximate $350,000. The other notable players of the team included Ex-Zimbabwean national team wicket-keeper Brendan Taylor, Evin Lewis and Kevon Cooper from Trinidad, Pakistani players Mohammad Sami and Imad Wasim, Bangladeshi all-rounder Mahmudullah Riyad, who was the icon player, and Sabbir Rahman, Shahrier Nafees, Sohag Gazi, Al-Amin Hossain, Taijul Islam. The Bulls had a balanced squad with the class of Chris Gayle, Mahmudullah Riyad and Brendan Taylor on the top, and the pace and swing of Mohammad Sami and Al-Amin Hossain with the ball which led the team to qualify for the playoffs. They defeated Dhaka Dynamites by 18 runs in the Eliminator and Rangpur Riders by 5 wickets in the Playoffs 2 to reach the finals. They lost in a competitive final to Comilla Victorians by 3 wickets and ended up being the Runner-Up of that tournament. Some of the notable records by the players of Barisal Bulls include Evin Lewis's 101* Chis Gayle's 92 and Kevon Cooper being named the highest wicket taker of the tournament with 22 wickets.
Current squad and support staff
- As of 25 October 2016
|Name||Nat||Batting Style||Bowling Style||Notes|
|Mushfiqur Rahim||Right-hand bat||Wicket-keeper||Captain|
|Josh Cobb||Right-hand Bat||Right-arm Off-break|
|Shahriar Nafees||Left-hand bat|
|Shamsur Rahman||Right-hand bat||Part-time Wicket-keeper|
|Dilshan Munaweera||Right-hand bat|
|Dawid Malan||Left-hand bat||Right-arm leg break|
|Nadif Chowdhury||Right-hand bat||Slow leftarm orthodox|
|Mohammad Nawaz||Left-hand bat||Slow left arm orthodox|
|Carlos Brathwaite||Right-hand bat||Right arm Medium|
|Mahedi Hasan||Right-hand batsman||Right arm Off-break|
|Rayad Emrit||Right-hand bat||Right-arm medium fast|
|Rumman Raees||Right-hand bat||Left-arm Fast|
|Abu Hider||Right-hand bat||Right arm medium fast|
|Taijul Islam||Left-hand bat||Slow left arm orthodox|
|Monir Hossain||Right-hand bat||Slow left arm off-break|
|Al-Amin Hossain||Right-hand bat||Right-arm medium-fast|
|Kamrul Islam Rabbi||Right-hand bat||Right-arm medium-fast|
- Coach - Dav Whatmore
- Video Analyst - Saurabh Walkar
- Adviser and Chief Selector - Faruk Ahmed
- Associate Selectir - Athar Ali Khan
- Owner - M.A. Awwal Chowdhury
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- "BPL franchises fetch low prices". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2012-01-10.
- "Barisal Burners v Dhaka Gladiators, BPL final, 2012". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2016-07-08.
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