Dhaka Gladiators

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Dhaka Gladiators

ঢাকা গ্ল্যাডিয়েটরস

Captain: Mashrafe Bin Mortaza
Owner: Salim Chowdhury
Founded: 2012
Home ground: Sher-e-Bangla Stadium
Capacity: 26,000

Dhaka Gladiators (Bengali: ঢাকা গ্ল্যাডিয়েটরস) is a franchise cricket team that played in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) representing the division of Dhaka, Bangladesh. In 2012 and 2013 BPL season the team was named Dhaka Gadiator. In 2015, the name of the team was changed when the franchise was bought by Salim Chowdhury.The team was run by International coach Ian Pont and led by icon player Mohammad Ashraful. Mashrafe Mortaza captained the Dhaka Gladiators for the first season.

The official theme song Feel like a Gladiator has been composed by DJ AKS and sung by Parvez. Their official colours are orange and yellow. On 10 January 2012, Europa Group Limited made the winning bid of $1.05 million for the franchise which was the fourth highest bid for a franchise. The team had a mixed bag in the first season. The home of the Dhaka Gladiator is the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, the national cricket stadium of Bangladesh.


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 finalised. The teams representing 2 different divisions of Bangladesh, including Dhaka, were put up on auction in Radisson Hotels on 19 January. Dhaka Gladiators was bought by Red Citi Group for a price of USD 1.05 million (BDT 8,40,00,000)

2012 season[edit]

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 win over 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.

2013 season[edit]

For the 2013 season, Dhaka Gladiators bought Star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan who was the most expensive player in the tournament. They bought star fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza, the emerging wicket keeper Anamul Haque and the talented spinner Mosharraf Hossain. Overseas, they bought South African T20 star Alfonso Thomas, and West Indian hard hitters Kieron Pollard and Chris Gayle who were only available for one game. They bought English stars 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 arch rival was Sylhet Royals. Their cricket match became an India vs. Pakistan competition.


Mohammad Ashraful the former captain of the Bangladesh cricket team was the icon player for Dhaka Gladiators. The team was led by Mashrafe Mortaza in the inaugural season of the BPL. The team bought star players including batsmen Imran Nazir and Aftab Ahmed, all rounders like Shahid Afridi, Kieron Pollard, Mashrafe Mortaza, and bowlers of the likes of Saeed Ajmal, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan and Stuart MacGill. Stuart MacGill Nayem Khan (N-Khan) could not play in the league for personal reasons so he was replaced with the experienced player Azhar Mahmood.

Dhaka Gladiators Roster for BPL 2013


All Rounders

Wicket Keepers


Support Staff

Player salaries[edit]

Nat Player Year Contract
Signed / Renewed
Bangladesh Shakib Al Hasan 2013 $365,000
Bangladesh Mashrafe Mortaza 2013 $141,000
Bangladesh Anamul Haque 2013 $121,000
South Africa Alfonso Thomas 2013 $75,000
Bangladesh Mosharraf Hossain 2013 $91,000
England Luke Wright 2013 $75,000
England Owais Shah 2013 $75,000
Sri Lanka Tillakaratne Dilshan 2013 $75,000
Bangladesh Mohammad Ashraful 2013 $60,000
England Chris Liddle 2013 $40,000
England Darren Stevens 2013 $30,000
England Josh Cobb 2013 $30,000
Bangladesh Raqibul Hasan 2013 $10,000
Bangladesh Soumya Sarkar 2013 $32,500
Bangladesh Litton Das 2013 $10,000
Sri Lanka Kaushal Lokuarachchi 2013 $15,000

Fixtures and results[edit]

2012-2013 season[edit]

Overall results[edit]

Performance summary
Year Matches Wins Losses No Result Success Rate Summary
2012 12 7 5 0 58.33% Champions
2013 15 10 5 0 66.66% Champions
Total 27 17 10 0 62.50%

Note : Only matches from Bangladesh Premier League. No external matches are counted.

Result summary[edit]

Opposition Span Mat Won Lost Tied NR  %
Barisal Burners 2012 3 3 0 0 0 100.00
Chittagong Kings 2012 2 1 1 0 0 50.00
Khulna Royal Bengals 2012 3 1 2 0 0 33.33
Duronto Rajshahi 2012 2 0 2 0 0 0.00
Sylhet Royals 2012 2 2 0 0 0 100.00


Group stage

Round 1 (Dhaka)
11 February
Khulna Royal Bengal
175/5 (20 overs)
Dhaka Gladiators
156/7 (20 overs)
Khulna Royal Bengals won by 19 runs
Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka
12 February 2012
Dhaka Gladiators
126/3 (18.2 overs)
Sylhet Royals
124(19.5 overs)
Dhaka Gladiators won by 7 wickets
Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka
13 February 2012
Chittagong Kings
153/6 (20 overs)
Dhaka Gladiators
156/4 (19 overs)
Dhaka Gladiators won by 6 wickets
Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka
14 February 2012
Barisal Burners
187/5 (20 overs)
Dhaka Gladiators
208/5 (20 overs)
Dhaka Gladiators won by 21 runs
Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka
16 February 2012
Dhaka Gladiators
130/7 (20 overs)
Duronto Rajshahi
144/9 (20 overs)
Duronto Rajshahi won by 14 runs
Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka
Round 2 (Chittagong)
19 February
Khulna Royal Bengal
141/3 (16.4 overs)
Dhaka Gladiators
140/8 (20 overs)
Khulna Royal Bengals won by 7 wickets
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
22 February 2012
Dhaka Gladiators
Dhaka Gladiators won by 8 wickets
Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
Round 3 (Dhaka)
24 February 2012
Dhaka Gladiators
Chittagong Kings won by 13 runs
Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka
25 February 2012
Dhaka Gladiators
Dhaka Glaidators won by 5 wickets
Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka
27 February 2012
Dhaka Gladiators
Duronto Rajshahi won by 3 wickets
Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka

Knockout stage,

28 February 2012
Dhaka Gladiators
Dhaka Gladiators Won and Advanced to Final
Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka
29 February 2012
Dhaka Gladiators
Dhaka Gladiators won by 8 wickets and won the BPL T20 2012
Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka


Year Bangladesh Premier League
2012 Champions
2013 Champions


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