Chittagong Vikings

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Chittagong Vikings
চিটাগাং ভাইকিংস
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Nickname(s): The Vikings
Captain: Bangladesh Tamim Iqbal
Coach: Bangladesh Mohammad Salahuddin
City: Chittagong, Bangladesh
Colors: চিটাগাং ভাইকিংসের রঙ.svg
Owner: DBL Group
Founded: 2012 as Chittagong Kings; rebranded 2015
Home ground: Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium (capacity: 22,000)
Secondary home ground(s) M. A. Aziz Stadium
(capacity: 30,000)
Manager: Bangladesh Akram Khan
BPL wins: 0
Official website: chittagongvikings.com

The Chittagong Vikings are a professional men's cricket team based in the city of Chittagong. The team compete in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), a professional Twenty20 cricket competition. The team plays its home games at ZAC Stadium and M.A. Aziz Stadium serves as the alternate venue.

An original member of the Bangladesh Premier League, the Vikings joined the league in 2012. The team changed its name from original Chittagong Kings after change of ownership in 2015. The team have appeared in the championship game in 2013 under the captaincy of Mahmudullah Riyad and coaching of Khaled Mahmud. The Vikings organization is led by Abdul Wahed since 2015, and has had three head coaches: Khaled Mahmud, Marvan Atapattu and Mohammad Salahuddin. The team is currently captained by Tamim Iqbal and coached by Mohammad Salahuddin.

Anamul Haque is currently the leading run-scorer for the team with 762 runs at an average of 24.58, while captain Tamim Iqbal closely follows with 693 runs at an average of 30.13. Afghan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi is the leading wicket taker with 32 wickets. Among the participating teams, the Vikings are the second most valuable team, valued at US$26 million.

History[edit]

In 2011, the Bangladesh Cricket Board announced the establishment of the Bangladesh Premier League,a Twenty20 cricket leagueto be started in 2012. In 10 January 2012, the tournament committee held an auction, inviting interested companies to buy the six franchises. The Chittagong Vikings was sold to SQ Sports for $1.2 million annually, making it the most expensive team in the first season of the league. The team signed 19 players for the first season with a salary cap of US$1.3 million.

2012-13 season[edit]

In the inaugural season, the Kings' "icon player" was Tamim Iqbal and the team was captained by all rounder Mahmudullah. The team was managed by Australian Michael Bevan and the head coach was the former Bangladesh captain Khaled Mahmud. Dean Jones was the technical director.

The Kings started the tournament well with a Chris Gayle century in the opening match against Duronto Rajshahi. They posted a total of 206 with captain Mahmudullah scoring a brisk fifty. The bowling was also successful as they bowled out Rajshahi inside the twenty overs. They won their next game with Nasir Jamshed making 86 not out in quick time. They lost against the Dhaka Gladiators after a fine performance by Kieron Pollard changed the course of the game. The Kings then won the next two games thanks to good bowling efforts.

Batting failures caused losses on home turf even when chasing modest totals. The Kings held their nerve to win against Dhaka Gladiators with good bowling but then lost against the bottom team Sylhet Royals, Sohail Tanvir doing the damage. The penultimate game against Barisal Burners was lost too as the bowling to Brad Hodge was poor. This loss cost Chittagong a place in the semi finals.

The season ended in confusion and controversy. The semi-final fixture format was first in the league against fourth in one match, and second against third in the other. Duronto Rajshahi finished first with 14 points and Khulna Royal Bengals were second with twelve. Third place was shared by the Kings, the Gladiators and the Barisal Burners who had ten points each. The tie-break rules were misinterpreted and there were incorrect announcements about the semi-final matchups which had to be withdrawn. In the end, the Kings were placed fifth on the criteria of wins against their tie-break opponents and net run rate. Subsequently, the owner filed a High Court petition to try and get an injunction placed on the Rajshahi-Barisal semi-final but his petition was overturned.[1][2]

Records[edit]

Season record
Matches Wins Losses No result Run rate Summary
10 4 6 0 +0.078 5th (of 6)
Batting records
Player Innings Runs Average SR Highest Score
Nasir Jamshed 10 328 41.00 132.25 86*
Jason Roy 9 225 25.00 136.36 43
Mahmudullah Riyad 9 180 25.71 118.42 56*
Bowling records
Player Innings Overs Runs Wickets Economy
Enamul Haque Jnr 9 30 188 13 6.26
Kevon Cooper 8 29 198 11 6.82
Arafat Sunny 10 35 213 11 6.11

2013-14 season[edit]

During the second season of the tournament, Mahmudullah Riyad was retained as the captain of the team. The icon player from the first season, Tamim Iqbal was traded to Duronto Rajshahi. The Kings started the season with a defeat against Duronto Rajshahi in a low scoring game. However, the team ended third in the regular season. The Kings reached the championship game against Dhaka Gladiators, and losing by 43 runs, Chittagong Kings ended up as the runner-up of the tournament. Ryan ten Doeschate was the leading run scorer and Enamul Haque Jnr. was the leading wicket taker.

Records[edit]

Season record
Matches Wins Losses No result Run rate Summary
12 6 6 0 +1.410 2nd (of 7)
Batting records
Player Innings Runs Average SR Highest Score
Ryan ten Doeschate 13 432 43.20 150.00 95*
Brendan Taylor 11 357 39.66 126.59 69*
Naeem Islam 12 288 24.00 113.83 72
Bowling records
Player Innings Overs Runs Wickets Economy
Enamul Haque Jnr 15 50 309 18 6.20
Kevon Cooper 11 40 229 16 5.67
Rubel Hossain 11 33 263 14 7.85

2015-16 season[edit]

The team returned to the third season with a new administration and management. The team ownership was taken over by DBL Group at US$26 million, taking it the second biggest contract deal in the league. The team started the season against Rangpur Riders, with a game ending in favor of the Riders in last-ball thriller. Throughout the season, the Vikings managed to win only two games, making it the worst season in history of the Bangladesh Premier League. The team was captained by Tamim Iqbal and coached by Marvan Atapattu. The team was headlined for drafting controversial Mohammad Amir, who made a comeback to International cricket after being suspended for five years for spot fixing.

The team signed nine overseas players for the third season. Tillakaratne Dilshan, Jeevan Mendis and Chamara Kapugedera from Sri Lanka, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Amir from Pakistan, Elton Chigumbura from Zimbabwe, and Robin Peterson from South Africa.

Records[edit]

Season record
Matches Wins Losses No result Run rate Summary
10 2 8 0 -0.844 6th (of 6)
Batting records
Player Innings Runs Average SR Highest Score
Tamim Iqbal 9 298 37.25 118.72 69
Tillakaratne Dilshan 10 260 28.88 133.33 67*
Anamul Haque 9 142 17.75 107.57 39*
Bowling records
Player Innings Overs Runs Wickets Economy
Mohammad Amir 9 32 177 14 5.56
Shafiul Islam 10 33 278 13 8.38
Taskin Ahmed 7 25 213 4 8.52

2016-17 season[edit]

The Vikings returned to the 4th season of the league, only retaining three players from the previous season. Tamim Iqbal will continue as the captain of the team, with a drastic change in the management. Due to failure in previous season, contract of Marvan Atapattu was not renewed, and Mohammad Salahuddin was appointed as the coach, who coached defending champions Comilla Victorians last season. Chris Gayle, Dwayne Smith, Shoaib Malik and Grant Elliott were bought under the contract for the fourth season.

Records[edit]

Season record
Matches Wins Losses No result Run rate Summary
11 6 5 0 -1.450 2 (of 8)
Batting records
Player Innings Runs Average SR Highest Score
Tamim Iqbal 11 425 47.22 116.75 75
Anamul Haque 10 231 28.87 116.08 50
Mohammad Nabi 7 213 53.25 182.05 87*
Bowling records
Player Innings Overs Runs Wickets Economy
Mohammad Nabi 10 35 223 17 6.37
Taskin Ahmed 8 30 231 17 7.70
Imran Khan, Jr 7 27 170 8 6.14

Rivalry[edit]

In terms of number of games played, the Vikings have competed most against the Dhaka Dynamites and Rangpur Riders, and also enjoys a healthy rivalry with Comilla Victorians. Chittagong Vikings-Dhaka Dynamites rivalry origins from the rivalry between Dhaka and Chittagong, two largest cities in Bangladesh. Being the two largest cities in Chittagong Division, Comilla and Chittagong also have a rivalry.

Current squad[edit]

As of 25 October 2016
Name Nat Batting Style Bowling Style Joined Notes
Batsmen
Tamim Iqbal (C) Bangladesh Left-hand bat Right-arm off break 2015
Chris Gayle West Indies Cricket Board Left-hand bat Right-arm off break 2016 Foreign
Anamul Haque Bangladesh Right-hand bat Wicketkeeper 2015
Jahurul Islam Bangladesh Right-hand bat Right arm off break 2016
Zakir Hasan Bangladesh Left-hand bat Wicketkeeper 2016
All Rounders
Mohammad Nabi Afghanistan Right-hand bat Right-arm Offbreak 2016 International Cap
Shoaib Malik Pakistan Left-hand bat Right arm offbreak 2016 International Cap
Grant Elliott New Zealand Right-hand bat Right-arm medium 2016 International Cap
Dwayne Smith West Indies Cricket Board Right-hand bat Right-arm medium fast 2016 International Cap
Nazmul Hossain Milon Bangladesh Right-hand bat Right-arm medium 2016
Chaturanga de Silva Sri Lanka Left-hand bat Slow left-arm orthodox 2016 International Cap
Bowlers
Imran Khan Jnr. Pakistan Left hand bat Left-arm fast medium 2016 International Cap
Taskin Ahmed Bangladesh Left hand bat Right-arm fast 2015
Subashis Roy Bangladesh Right-hand bat Right-arm medium 2016
Abdur Razzak Bangladesh Left-hand bat slow left-arm orthodox 2016
Tymal Mills England Right-hand bat Left arm fast 2016 International Cap
Saqlain Sajib Bangladesh Right-hand bat Slow left-arm orthodox 2016
Jubair Hossain Bangladesh Right-hand bat Right-arm legbreak 2016
Shahidul Islam Bangladesh Right-hand bat Right-arm medium 2016

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barisal named fourth semi-finalist after much confusion". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 8 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "Barisal v Rajshahi". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 8 July 2016. 

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