Chittagong Kings

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Chittagong Kings
চিটাগাং কিংস
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Captain: Bangladesh Mahmudullah
Coach: Bangladesh Khaled Mahmud
City: Chittagong, Bangladesh
Colors: CK
Owner: SQ Sports
Founded: 2012
Home ground:

Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium
(Capacity: 20,000)

MA Aziz Stadium
(Capacity: 20,000)
Manager: Bangladesh Nasir Ahmed
BPL wins: 0 (Runners-up 2013)
Official website: http://www.ChittagongKings.com

Chittagong Kings (Bengali: চিটাগাং কিংস, often abbreviated as CK) is a franchise cricket team that plays in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) representing the division of Chittagong, Bangladesh. The team is owned by Samir Qader Chowdhury's SQ Sports. CK is currently captained by Mahmudullah and coached by Khaled Mahmud, a former Bangladeshi cricketer. Brian Lara is the team's batting consultant. Designer of the Logo and Jersey is J.J.A.

The official theme song for Chittagong Kings was Jago Chittagong Kings. The official colours are pink and navy blue. New logo of the Kings consists of a swordlike Bat the end of which encompasses of a lion. Chittagong Kings is the most expensive team of BPL. The home stadiums of the Chittagong Kings is Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium and MA Aziz Stadium, both of them located in Chittagong.

History[edit]

In 2012, The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) created the cricket tournament Bangladesh Premier League based on the Twenty20 form of the game. For the inaugural tournament held in February of the same year, a list of 6 teams who will be participating in the tournament was finalized. The teams representing 2 different divisions of Bangladesh, including Chittagong, were put up on auction in Radisson Hotels on 19 January. Chittagong Kings was bought by SQ Sports for a price of USD 1.2 million which was the most expensive buy of the six franchises.

2012 season[edit]

For the inaugural year icon player was Tamim Iqbal but was captained by allrounder Mahmudullah. For season one, team was managed by the Australian legend Michael Bevan and the head coach was the former Bangladesh captain Khaled Mahmud & Dean Jones was the technical director.

The Kings started off the tournament with a bang after Chris Gayle century. They posted a total of 206 with captain Mahmudullah scoring a brisk fifty. They proved their bowling was in good nick by bowling out Duronto Rajshahi within twenty overs. They won their next game with Nasir Jamshed making 86 not out in quick time. However they lost their groove against the Dhaka Gladiators with Pollard blowing the Kings away from a game which was the Kings. But they were on their winning ways winning the next two games on the trot by good bowling efforts.

But for the next games batting failures lead to loses on home turf chasing modest totals. The Kings held their nerve to win against Dhaka Gladiators with superb bowling. However the then lost against the bottom Sylhet Royals with Sohail Tanvir doing the damage. But the penultimate game against Barisal Burners was lost as the bowling was very poor against Brad Hodge. This lose cost Chittagong a place in the semi finals.

Semi final confusion

The first semi-final of the BPL will have the team that finished first in the league playing the team that finished fourth. Duronto Rajshahi finished first, with 14 points, but until 2.00 am on the morning of the semi-final, it wasn't clear who finished fourth. Initially, it was announced that Barisal Burners were through to the semis, after their victory against Chittagong Kings, on the basis of net run-rate. At that point, the other two spots were going to be contested between Chittagong Kings, Khulna Royal Bengals and Dhaka Gladiators. The next day, after Dhaka lost narrowly to Rajshahi and Khulna beat Sylhet Royals, Khulna went to second place with 12 points, leaving Dhaka, Barisal and Chittagong tied on 10 points at the end of the league phase. In the head-to-head results between the teams level on 10 points, Dhaka had beaten Barisal twice and Chittagong once and had a superior net-run rate and qualified for the semi-finals in third place. That now left Chittagong and Barisal in contention for the fourth spot. It was initially announced that Chittagong were in the semi-finals, presumably on the basis of a better head-to-head record in the three-way tie on 10 points, which included Dhaka. At 2.45 am of the game, however, the BPL issued a release which said that Barisal was the fourth semi-finalist, presumably because their head-to-head record with Chittagong. The decision was taken according to the rules and regulations of BPL which was announced before the tournament launch. According to the rules and regulations, if more than two teams tie at same points during group stage, the first preference is the number of wins of the teams during group stage. Dhaka, Chittagong and Barishal had 5 wins each. The second preference was the net run-rate of the teams and according to that Dhaka Gladiators was placed third, Barisal Burners was placed fourth and Chittagong Kings were eliminated by being placed fifth.[1]

File writ with High Court

Chittagong Kings, one of the famous teams of the Bangladesh Premier League, Wednesday filed a writ petition with the High Court seeking stay order on final match of the league. Chief Executive of Chittagong Kings Samir Qader Chowdhury filed the writ. The hearing on the writ petition will be held in an HC bench comprising Justice Mirza Hossain Haider and Mohammad Khorshed Alam in the afternoon. Barrister Rokonuddin Mahmud will move for the petitioner in the hearing of the writ. Earlier in the day, the Chittagong Kings filed a case against authorities of Bangladesh Premier League asking the court’s direction to declare the semifinal match between Barisal Burners and Duronto Rajshahi. Chief executive of Chittagong Kings Samiul Qader filed the case with first Assistant Judge Court of Dhaka. Four persons were made respondents in the case, including BPL secretary Siraj Uddin Alamgir. But the court rejected the embargo plea on the final match. Judge M Shawkat Ali fixed 15 March for the hearing on the case.

2013 season[edit]

This season due to new auction, the team is totally changed from the last season, although Mahmudullah, Kevon Cooper, Brendan Taylor is in the team again, with some other familiar face, the ensemble casts around him includes Dutch allrounder Ryan ten Doeschate, Kiwi legend allrounder Jacob Oram, British middle order batsmen Ravi Bopara, Pakistani Pace spearhead Wahab Riaz. The team also secured the services of old player Dwayne Bravo along with Pakistani dashing Opener Imran Nazir. Later, they bought Australian speed demon Shaun Tait who was unsold at the auction. Before the start of the tournament, Pakistan Cricket Board refused to issue No Objection Certificates (NOCs). None of the 26 Pakistan players auctioned in second season's 2013 Bangladesh Premier League took part in the Twenty20 competition. They also bought David Miller, Shehan Jayasuriya, Dilhara Lokuhettige as a replacement player.

Lara as ambassador[edit]

Brian Lara has been unveiled as the brand ambassador of Chittagong Kings for the second season of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and the former West Indies batsman believes the franchise system will widen the net to find talented cricketers across the world. He will accompany the Kings' ownership in commercial and promotional activities, but is not likely to have a coaching role. But he will be sought out by the young players in the squad for batting tips, especially the local ones who are extremely eager to have a player who scored 11,953 Test runs and 10,405 in ODIs at such close proximity.

"I love the invention of the franchise teams," Lara said. "I think it takes away a lot of control that the individual boards have. It brings about a lot of income for the players and also for the owners, and you see a lot more people coming to watch the T20 game. That in itself has a lot of benefit and goes down to the grassroots level.

"In the West Indies we found it very difficult to get teenage cricketers playing. We are now launching our own T20 franchise cricket and hopefully that will see a lot more youngsters get the opportunity to advance."

Lara has supported the similar concept in Zimbabwe, where he played a few games two years ago. He cited the example of Viv Richards, who was in Australia's Big Bash League, as a means for legends to spread the word. "As a former cricketer you want to give something back," he said. "I was in Zimbabwe a few years back and supported them in their game at the Test level and at the one-day level, I actually even played in their T20 competition.

"But it's just a matter of wanting to get back. You saw Viv Richards in Australia recently. There have been a couple of other players in the world. I am quite happy to do something like this. The younger players who are not up to their highest standards, I think I get a lot more benefit or satisfaction to helping a team that needs someone like myself."

The game will be popular, he believed, but not at the cost of other formats. "I believe now with T20 cricket, a lot more people are watching the game. Just remember, we are all entertainers," he said. "If this kind of cricket brings interest to the people, cricketers will be happy to indulge in it. Test cricket is still important, so are ODIs, but T20 should be there too because of the crowd factor."

During the inaugural season of the BPL, former Australia players Michael Bevan and Dean Jones were part of the Chittagong Kings, as batting coach and technical director respectively.

Packed stadiums at Chittagong[edit]

The arrival of the second edition of BPL in Bangladesh's second-largest city completely changed the complexion of the Twenty20 tournament. The first match at the venue, between the home side (Chittagong Kings) and Sylhet Royals, was played in front of a packed house and nearly all matches over the next five days saw full houses. The chief reason is the central location of the MA Aziz Stadium, which is seeing some cricketing action after hosting football for most of the last eight years. International cricket is played at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in the western corner of Chittagong. Though certain roads leading up to the venue were cordoned off, the spectators lined up two hours before the game. There were also rumours of slashed ticket prices, which attracted a sizeable amount of students from nearby educational institutions. On the final day, when the Kings took on Dhaka Gladiators, there was barely any room to stand in the general galleries.

Administration and Coaching staff[edit]

Honours[edit]

Year Bangladesh Premier League
2012 Group stage (5/6)
2013 Group stage (2/7)

Current squad[edit]

Players with international caps are listed in bold.

No. Name Nat Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
Batsmen
77 David Miller South Africa (1989-06-10) 10 June 1989 (age 26) Left-handed Left-arm off break Overseas
77 Shehan Jayasuriya Sri Lanka (1991-09-12) 12 September 1991 (age 23) Left-handed Right-arm off break Overseas
97 Aftab Ahmed Bangladesh (1985-11-10) 10 November 1985 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm medium
07 Marshall Ayub Bangladesh (1988-12-05) 5 December 1988 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm leg break
78 Mehrab Hossain, Jr. Bangladesh (1987-07-08) 8 July 1987 (age 28) Left-handed Slow left arm orthodox
All-rounders
30 Mahmudullah Bangladesh (1986-02-04) 4 February 1986 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm off break Captain
27 Ryan Ten Doeschate Netherlands (1980-06-30) 30 June 1980 (age 35) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Overseas
77 Naeem Islam Bangladesh (1986-12-31) 31 December 1986 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm off break
42 Ravi Bopara England (1985-05-04) 4 May 1985 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm medium Overseas
24 Jacob Oram New Zealand (1978-07-28) 28 July 1978 (age 37) Left-handed Right-arm medium-fast Overseas
Wicket-keepers
10 Brendan Taylor Zimbabwe (1986-02-06) 6 February 1986 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm off break Overseas
18 Nurul Hasan Bangladesh (1993-11-21) 21 November 1993 (age 21) Right-handed -
Bowlers
34 Rubel Hossain Bangladesh (1990-01-01) 1 January 1990 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
45 Shaun Tait Australia (1983-02-22) 22 February 1983 (age 32) Right-handed Right-arm fast Overseas
99 Dilhara Lokuhettige Sri Lanka (1980-07-03) 3 July 1980 (age 35) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Overseas
12 Arafat Sunny Bangladesh (1986-09-29) 29 September 1986 (age 28) Left-handed Slow left arm orthodox
45 Enamul Haque Jr Bangladesh (1986-12-05) 5 December 1986 (age 28) Right-handed Slow left arm orthodox
90 Kevon Cooper Trinidad and Tobago (1989-02-02) 2 February 1989 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Overseas
99 Taskin Ahmed Bangladesh (1995-04-03) 3 April 1995 (age 20) Left-handed Right-arm medium-fast

Player salaries[edit]

Nat Player Year Contract
Signed / Renewed
Salary Note
Bangladesh Mahmudullah 2013 $ 1,25,000
England Ravi Bopara 2013 $ 1,25,000 Overseas
Bangladesh Enamul Haque Jr 2013 $ 1,20,000
Trinidad and Tobago Dwayne Bravo 2013 $ 1,15,000 Overseas
New Zealand Jacob Oram 2013 $ 1,11,000 Overseas
Bangladesh Arafat Sunny 2013 $ 1,00,000
Netherlands Ryan ten Doeschate 2013 $ 1,00,000 Overseas
Bangladesh Naeem Islam 2013 $ 85,000
Australia Shaun Tait 2013 $ 75,000 Overseas
Bangladesh Rubel Hossain 2013 $ 60,000
Trinidad and Tobago Kevon Cooper 2013 $ 50,000 Overseas
Bangladesh Nurul Hasan 2013 $ 32,000
Zimbabwe Brendan Taylor 2013 $ 30,000 Overseas
England Jason Roy 2013 $ 30,000 Overseas
Bangladesh Marshall Ayub 2013 $ 16,000
Bangladesh Aftab Ahmed 2013 $ 10,000
Bangladesh Mehrab Hossain, Jr. 2013 $ 10,000
Bangladesh Taskin Ahmed 2013 $ 10,000
Bangladesh Ariful Haque 2013 $ 10,000

Player list[edit]

Nation Player Year of service
Bangladesh Tamim Iqbal 2012
Bangladesh Mahmudullah 2012-2013
Bangladesh Naeem Islam 2013
Bangladesh Rubel Hossain 2013
Bangladesh Nurul Hasan 2013
Bangladesh Marshall Ayub 2013
Bangladesh Ziaur Rahman 2012
Bangladesh Aftab Ahmed 2013
Bangladesh Arafat Sunny 2012-2013
Bangladesh Jahurul Islam 2012
Bangladesh Sanjamul Islam 2012
Bangladesh Shamsur Rahman 2012
Bangladesh Farhad Reza 2012
Bangladesh Enamul Haque Jr 2012-2013
Bangladesh Mehrab Hossain, Jr. 2013
Bangladesh Taskin Ahmed 2013
Bangladesh Ariful Haque 2013
Pakistan Nasir Jamshed 2012
England Jason Roy 2012-2013
England Ravi Bopara 2013
New Zealand Jacob Oram 2013
Australia Shaun Tait 2013
South Africa David Miller 2013
Sri Lanka Muttiah Muralitharan 2012
Netherlands Ryan ten Doeschate 2013
Trinidad and Tobago Dwayne Bravo 2012-2013
Trinidad and Tobago Kevon Cooper 2012-2013
Zimbabwe Brendan Taylor 2012-2013

Partners[edit]

  • Title sponsor - SQ Sports
  • Technology Partner - Karitkarma
  • Marketing and Branding partner - Lonesock
  • Radio partner - Radio Aamar
  • Wardrobe partner - Ecstasy
  • Sponsors - RSRM, Elite Paint, DACCADYEING, Ispahani

Fixtures and results[edit]

2012 season[edit]

Group stage
10 February (D/N)
Scorecard
Chittagong Kings
206/4 (20 overs)
v
Duronto Rajshahi
153 (19.5 overs)
Chittagong Kings won by 53 runs
Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka
12 February
Scorecard
Khulna Royal Bengals
171/3 (20 overs)
v
Chittagong Kings
174/4 (19.1 overs)
Chittagong Kings won by 6 wickets
Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka
13 February (D/N)
Scorecard
Chittagong Kings
153/6 (20 overs)
v
Dhaka Gladiators
156/4 (19 overs)
Dhaka Gladiators won by 6 wickets
Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka
15 February
Scorecard
Sylhet Royals
152/4 (20 overs)
v
Chittagong Kings
154/3 (17.3 overs)
Chittagong Kings won by 7 wickets
Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka
16 February
Scorecard
Barisal Burners
125/6 (20 overs)
v
Chittagong Kings
126/2 (12.4 overs)
Chittagong Kings won by 8 wickets
Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka
18 February (D/N)
Scorecard
Duronto Rajshahi
126/6 (20 overs)
v
Chittagong Kings
117/9 (20 overs)
Duronto Rajshahi won by 9 runs
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
20 February (D/N)
Scorecard
Khulna Royal Bengals
137/6 (20 overs)
v
Chittagong Kings
93 (18.1 overs)
Khulna Royal Bengals won by 44 runs
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
24 February
Scorecard
Chittagong Kings
120/6 (20 overs)
v
Dhaka Gladiators
107/9 (20 overs)
Chittagong Kings won by 13 runs
Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka
25 February (D/N)
Scorecard
Sylhet Royals
165/3 (20 overs)
v
Chittagong Kings
130/8 (20 overs)
Sylhet Royals won by 35 runs
Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka
26 February (D/N)
Scorecard
Chittagong Kings
150/9 (20 overs)
v
Barisal Burners
151/5 (15 overs)
Barisal Burners won by 5 wickets
Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka

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