Dhaka Dynamites

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Dhaka Dynamites
ঢাকা ডাইনামাইট
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Captain: Bangladesh Shakib Al Hasan
Coach: Bangladesh Khaled Mahmud
City: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Colours: ঢাকা ডায়নামাইটসের রঙ.svg
Owner: Ahmed Shayan Fazlur Rahman (Beximco Group)
Founded: 2012 (as Dhaka Gladiators); rebranded as Dynamites 2015
Home ground: Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Mirpur
Capacity: 35,000
Chief executive: Obeid Nizam
Manager: Azizur Rahim
Bangladesh Premier League wins: 3
Official website: dhakadynamites.com

The Dhaka Dynamites are a franchise cricket team that plays in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), representing the country's Dhaka Division. Following the 2015 competition, the Dynamites are one of the BPL's six existing members and are expected to participate in the league's 2016 edition. The team is headquartered at the Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium in Mirpur, and so is one of three teams playing in the city, alongside the Dhaka Division cricket team and Dhaka Metropolis cricket team which are active in first-class cricket.

The team was originally established in 2012 for the inaugural BPL season as the Dhaka Gladiators and they won both the 2012 and 2013 editions of the tournament. The Gladiators were one of the teams dissolved in 2013 after the second edition. The franchise was sold to the current owners Beximco Group and rebranded as the Dynamites. Its theme song is Jadur Shohor Dhaka.[1]

For the 2015 edition of the BPL, the Dynamites were coached by South African batsman Mickey Arthur, and captained by Kumar Sangakkara.[2] Bangladeshi player Nasir Hossain was selected as the "icon" player of the team.[3][4]


Year Bangladesh Premier League
2012 Champions
2013 Champions
2015 Semi-Finals
2016 Champions


Franchise history[edit]

Dhaka Dynamites was founded in 2012 as the Dhaka Gladiators, one of the six founding members of the BPL. The team was purchased at the February 2012 auction by Europa Group for $5.05 million. The franchise was indefinitely suspended by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) after its involvement in a match-fixing scandal. In 2015, The team was sold to Beximco and rebranded as Dhaka Dynamites, reviving the name used for T20 by the Dhaka Division in 2010.

Season One[edit]

In the first two seasons, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza captained the team and Ian Pont was the head coach. Dhaka Gladiators started off their campaign disappointingly by losing against an experienced Khulna Royal Bengals which was led by all rounder Shakib Al Hasan. However this was succeeded by three consecutive wins even without players like Shahid Afridi and Saeed Ajmal. During their third victory against Barisal Burners, they made the highest total of the tournament by scoring 208 runs for five wickets. They defended this score, even though Chris Gayle scored a century for the Barisal Burners. Later in the tournament, they failed to chase mediocre targets due to batting collapses. In the final, Dhaka Gladiators beat the Barisal Burners to be crowned champions of BPL 2012.

Season Two[edit]

For the 2013 season, Dhaka Gladiators bought all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan who was the most expensive player in the tournament. They bought fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza, the emerging wicket keeper Anamul Haque and the spinner Mosharraf Hossain. Overseas, they bought South African Alfonso Thomas, and West Indians Kieron Pollard and Chris Gayle who were only available for one game. They bought English players Luke Wright, Owais Shah, Darren Stevens, bowler Chris Liddle and batsman Josh Cobb. This team of players were crowned 2013 champions, just as they had been in 2012. They played 14 games, won 11 and lost only 3. This time their strongest opposition came from the Sylhet Royals.[5]

Season Three[edit]

Dhaka Dynamites was introduced in a new look in 2015. During the player draft, Kumar Sangakkara was selected as the captain while Nasir Hossain was picked as the "icon" player. A total of eighteen players was selected in the draft process. The players included Mustafizur Rahman, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Hafeez and Ryan ten Doeschate.

Season Four[edit]

After having an average season at BPL 3, the Dynamites started the fourth season with a strong team including the likes of Shakib Al Hasan, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Kumar Sangakkara, Mosaddek Hossain, Evin Lewis, Mahela Jayawardene, Wayne Parnell and Ravi Bopara.They started their campaign with winning the first match against Barisal Bulls. On their way, they were only defeated by the Rajshahi Kings and Khulna Titans but they got their revenge by defeating both the teams on the semi finals and finals respectively. Dhaka Dynamites became the champions of BPL for the third time. Dwayne Bravo became the highest wicket taker of the tournament.

Owners and sponsorship[edit]

The owners of the Dynamites is Beximco, a company specialising in producing clothing materials. Beximco produces textiles, basic chemicals, pharmaceuticals, jute and marine foods; the company also has real estate and land development interests. Bangladesh Export Import Company (BEXIMCO) is a Bangladeshi industrial conglomerate. The industries under this Group include Textiles, Basic Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals, Jute, Marine Foods, Real Estate and Development. Services provided by Beximco include Engineering, Media, Information Technology, Trade and Financial Services. Beximco Pharmaceuticals and Shinepukur Ceramics are the two units which has got world class factory.[6]

In 2012 and 2013, sponsorship of the then-Gladiators was bought by BBS Cables for 112.50 million for each season, Oriental Group bought co-sponsorship for 15 million for each season.[7] Beximco secured the sponsorship for the team during the third season.

Kit Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor Sleeve sponsor
2012-14 Anjans BBS Cables Oriental Group
2015-16 Yellow National Bank Honda
Confidence Group
Novo Air
2016- Beximco Petroleum Confidence Group
National Bank

Current squad[edit]

As of 25 October 2016
Name Nat Batting Style Bowling Style Signed Year Notes
Mosaddek Hossain Bangladesh Right-hand bat Right-arm off-break 2015
Mehedi Maruf Bangladesh Right-hand bat Right-arm off break 2016
Irfan Sukkur Bangladesh Right-hand bat Wicketkeeper 2015
Evin Lewis West Indies Cricket Board Right-hand bat Opener 2016 Overseas
Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka Left-hand bat Wicketkeeper 2015 Overseas
Mahela Jayawardene Sri Lanka Right-hand bat Right-arm medium 2016 Overseas
All Rounders
Shakib Al Hasan (C) Bangladesh Left-hand bat Slow Left-arm orthodox 2016
Dwayne Bravo West Indies Cricket Board Right-hand bat Right-arm medium-fast 2016 Overseas
Andre Russell West Indies Cricket Board Right-hand bat Right-arm fast 2016 Overseas
Ravi Bopara England Right-hand bat Right-arm medium 2016 Overseas
Seekkuge Prasanna Sri Lanka Right-hand bat Legbreak 2016 Overseas
Nasir Hossain Bangladesh Right-hand bat Right-arm off-break 2015
Abu Jayed Bangladesh Right-hand bat Right-arm fast-medium 2016
Alauddin Babu Bangladesh Right-hand bat Right-arm medium fast 2016
Tanveer Haider Bangladesh Right-hand bat Legbreak 2016
Wayne Parnell South Africa Left-handed Left-arm fast 2016 Overseas
Usama Mir Pakistan Right-hand bat Leg-break 2016 Overseas
Suhrawadi Shuvo Bangladesh Left-hand bat Slow left-arm orthodox 2016
Matt Coles England Left-hand bat Right-arm fast 2016 Overseas
Mohammad Shahid Bangladesh Right-hand bat Right-arm medium-fast 2016
Sunzamul Islam Bangladesh Right-hand bat slow left-arm orthodox 2016

Administration and support staff[edit]


  1. ^ "Sangakkara likely to captain Dhaka Dynamites". bdcricteam.com. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Icon cricketers find home". bdcricteam.com. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "DHAKA DYNAMITES have strong Bowling lineup". onews24. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "Rangpur get Sakib for 3rd BPL". Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Logo of Dhaka Dynamites unveiled". bdcricteam. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  6. ^ "Dhaka Dynamites to start practice for BPL Nov 18". theindependentbd.com. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "Dhaka Gladiators sign sponsorship deals". Retrieved 16 November 2015. 

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