Comilla Victorians

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Comilla Victorians
কুমিল্লা ভিক্টোরিয়ান্স
Comilla Victorians Logo.png
LeagueBangladesh Premier League
Personnel
CaptainBangladesh Imrul Kayes
CoachBangladesh Mohammad Salahuddin
OwnerLegends Sporting Limited
Team information
CityComilla, Chittagong Division, Bangladesh
Coloursvicts
Founded2015
History
Bangladesh Premier League wins1 (III)
Official website:comillavictorians.com.bd

T20I kit

Comilla Victorians (Bengali: কুমিল্লা ভিক্টোরিয়ান্স) is a Bangladeshi professional men's cricket team, competing in Bangladesh Premier League, a Twenty20 cricket league. The team is based in Comilla. The team is currently owned by Nafisa Kamal, the daughter of Bangladesh’s planning minister, A H M Mustafa Kamal. The team is being captained by Imrul Kayes with regular captain Steve Smith being currently unavailable.

History[edit]

The Comilla Victorians were created when the decision was made to expand the number of teams and move away from division-representing teams to city-representing teams for the third season of the competition. With the revamp of Bangladesh Premier League, a scope was created for interested bidders to bid for Comilla-based franchise, being one of the largest city in Chittagong Division.[1] The legal franchise rights were sold to Nafisa Kamal (Legends Sporting Limited), a former owner of now-defunct franchise Sylhet Royals. The rights were bought at US$27.50 million for five years. During October 2015, Comilla Victorians was officially established, thus becoming the only other team representing a city in Chittagong Division. The team won their first title on 2015-16 Bangladesh Premier League but they failed to keep the title in 2016-17 Bangladesh Premier League season .

Season overview[edit]

Season 3 (2015-16)[edit]

The Comilla Victorians were the newest addition to the Bangladesh Premier League. The draft pick was held on 22 October 2015, where the team picked three overseas players and thirteen national players. Some of them were Imrul Kayes and Liton Das. In the icon selection, they got the second pick in the lottery and chose Mashrafe Mortaza. Before the tournament, analysts predicted the Victorians as the weakest team in the tournament due to lack of variation in the team, despite inclusion of experienced players like Shoaib Malik and big hitters like Andre Russell.

The Comilla Victorians opened its campaign against Dhaka Dynamites. The game was played on 22 November which ended in a defeat to Dhaka Dynamites by six wickets. They went on to win 7 matches while losing only two. The team finished the regular season on top the table. Comilla defeated Rangpur Riders in the first qualifier to advance to the finals. In the final against Barisal Bulls, Alok Kapali squeezed a single of the last ball to will a thriller and hence were crowned the champions in their debut season.

Imrul Kayes was the second highest run-scorer of the tournament, scoring 312 runs at an average of 28.36 while Abu Hider was the second highest wicket taker of the tournament with 21 wickets. He also got the best Bangladeshi player award while their all-rounder, Ashar Zaidi was awarded the player of the tournament.

Season 4 (2016-17)[edit]

The Victorians were looking to defend their title but failed in that mission miserably. Even with players like Ahmed Shehzad, Marlon Samuels, Mashrafe Mortaza and Rashid Khan, they lost their first 5 games in a row. They somehow managed to finish at the 2nd last place in the league stage thus ending their campaign in a rather sour note.

Season 5 (2017-18)[edit]

Tamim Iqbal was announced icon player of the team and the skipper as they didn’t extend Mashrafe Mortaza's contract this time unlike in 2016. Mohammad Salahuddin returned as the team's coach after a single season stint with Chittagong Vikings. All-rounder Mohammad Nabi from Afghanistan and Pakistani seamer Imran Khan Jr. joined the team after finishing a season with the Vikings. Shoaib Malik returned after spending some time with Nabi and Imran at the dressing room last year while English keeper Jos Buttler, Kiwi batter Colin Munro, Pakistani seamer Hassan Ali, Hasan’s ‘new-sensation’ countryman Fakhar Zaman, Lankan all rounder Angelo Mathews and more players will be representing the Victorians for the first time. Marlon Samuels and Rashid Khan has been retained by the team management.

In the draft, their first pick was pacer Al-Amin Hossain. Their surprise picks were all-rounder Mahedi Hasan, pacer Mehedi Hasan Rana and Zimbabwean cricketer Solomon Mire.

In the group games, Comilla performed very well. The team went on to win 9 games and losing 3, topping the leaderboard. However, the team suffered a heavy defeat against Dhaka Dynamites in Qualifier-1. Rangpur Riders eliminated them in Qualifier-2 which was filled with controversy. Due to persistent rain, the match was signaled to resume the next day which was against the bylaws of BPL. The rule was if the match had to be called off, then the team higher in group rankings would advance, hence Comilla Victorians’ team management were very angry.

Season 6 (2018-19)[edit]

All the franchises were given until 30 September 2018 to submit their 4 retained cricketers. Comilla Victorians retained Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Saifuddin and Shoaib Malik. As all franchises are allowed to sign 2 foreign players pre-draft (but they can’t be their players from last season), Comilla went ahead and signed English all rounder, Liam Dawson and Sri Lankan Asela Gunaratne.

In the draft, Comilla’s notable domestic picks were pacer Abu Hider and wicket-keeper batsman Anamul Haque. Some of their overseas picks were all-rounders Shahid Afridi and Thisara Perera as well as West Indian batsman Evin Lewis and Australian batsman Steve Smith, who is currently serving a one-year ban for Ball tampering. Their most interesting pick was young Afghanistan left-arm seamer Waqar Salamkheil. Overall, the Victorians managed to forge a very balanced side.

Records[edit]

Year Bangladesh Premier League
2015 Champions
2016 League Stage
2017 Playoffs
2018-19 TBA

Sponsorship[edit]

Year Kit Manufacturers Shirt Sponsor (Chest) Shirt Sponsor (Back) Chest Branding Other Sponsors Media Partner
2015 Sailor S. Alam Group of Industries Exim Bank Marcel Rupayan Group, MAX Group Gaan Bangla
2016 Huawei Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd Walton Group
2017 LK Abdul Monem Limited Minister Group, Premier Bank Limited, S. Alam Group of Industries Gaan Bangla, BDCRICTIME, Comillar Barta
2018

Current squad[edit]

As of 17:21, Friday, January 18, 2019 (UTC)
No. Name Nat Birth Date Batting Style Bowling Style Signed Year Notes
Batsmen
28 Tamim Iqbal Bangladesh (1989-03-20) 20 March 1989 (age 29) Left-handed 2017
45 Imrul Kayes Bangladesh (1987-02-02) 2 February 1987 (age 31) Left-handed 2015 Captain
80 Shamsur Rahman Bangladesh (1988-06-05) 5 June 1988 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm off break 2018
49 Steve Smith Australia (1989-06-02) 2 June 1989 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm leg break 2018 Overseas
17 Evin Lewis West Indies Cricket Board (1991-12-27) 27 December 1991 (age 27) Left-handed Right-arm medium 2018 Overseas
All-rounders
83 Liam Dawson England (1990-03-01) 1 March 1990 (age 28) Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox 2018 Overseas
18 Shoaib Malik Pakistan (1982-02-01) 1 February 1982 (age 36) Right-handed Right-arm off break 2015 Overseas
74 Mohammad Saifuddin Bangladesh (1996-11-01) 1 November 1996 (age 22) Left-handed Right-arm medium-fast 2016
14 Asela Gunaratne Sri Lanka (1986-01-08) 8 January 1986 (age 33) Right-handed Right-arm medium 2018 Overseas, Unavailable
1 Thisara Perera Sri Lanka (1989-04-03) 3 April 1989 (age 29) Left-handed Right-arm medium 2018 Overseas
55 Mahedi Hasan Bangladesh (1994-12-12) 12 December 1994 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm off break 2017
41 Ziaur Rahman Bangladesh (1986-12-03) 3 December 1986 (age 32) Right-handed Right-arm medium 2018
10 Shahid Afridi Pakistan (1980-02-01) 1 February 1980 (age 38) Right-handed Right-arm Legbreak 2018 Overseas
34 Aamer Yamin Pakistan (1990-06-26) 26 June 1990 (age 28) Left-handed Right-arm medium-fast 2018 Overseas
Wicket-keepers
66 Anamul Haque Bangladesh (1990-12-16) 16 December 1990 (age 28) Right-handed 2018
Bowlers
16 Abu Hider Bangladesh (1996-02-14) 14 February 1996 (age 22) Right-handed Left-arm medium-fast 2018
25 Mohammad Shahid Bangladesh (1988-11-01) 1 November 1988 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast 2018
70 Mosharraf Hossain Bangladesh (1981-11-20) 20 November 1981 (age 37) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox 2018
Wahab Riaz Pakistan (1985-06-28) 28 June 1985 (age 33) Right-handed Left-arm fast 2018 Overseas
Sanjit Saha Bangladesh (1997-11-04) 4 November 1997 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm off-break 2018
Waqar Salamkheil Afghanistan (2001-10-02) 2 October 2001 (age 17) Right-handed Left-arm medium 2018 Overseas

Administration and Support Staff[edit]

  • Chairperson: Bangladesh Nafisa Kamal
  • Head Coach: Bangladesh Mohammad Salahuddin
  • Team Manager: Bangladesh Khaled Mashud
  • Head of Cricket Operations: Bangladesh Ahsanullah Hasan
  • Director: Bangladesh Kashfi Kamal
  • Media Manager: Bangladesh Khan Noyon

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Comilla Legends' turned 'Comilla Victorians'". bdcricteam.com. Retrieved 2015-10-18.

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