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Khulna Titans
খুলনা টাইটানস
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League Bangladesh Premier League
Captain Bangladesh Mahmudullah
Coach Sri Lanka Mahela Jayawardene
Bowling coach South Africa Alfonso Thomas
Owner Gemcon Group
Team information
City Khulna, Khulna Division, Bangladesh
Colours খুলনা টাইটানসের রঙ.svg
Founded 2012 (as Khulna Royal Bengals)
Bangladesh Premier League wins 0
Official website:
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T20I kit

Khulna Titans (Bengali: খুলনা টাইটানস) are a franchise Twenty20 cricket team representing the Khulna division in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), a Twenty20 cricket tournament. The franchise is owned by Gemcon Sports and was founded in 2016 as a replacement for the Khulna Royal Bengals who had participated in the first two seasons of the BPL. The Titans use Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Sylhet International Cricket Stadium and Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium for home games.

As of the 2016/17 season, the team is captained by Mahmudullah Riyad and coached by Stuart Law. The primary home ground of the team is the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna City.[1]

For the 2017/18 Bangladesh Premier League season Mahela Jayawardene was appointed as the head coach replacing Stuart Law who took up duties as the head coach of West Indies cricket team.[2]


The Khulna Royal Bengals team was originally formed by Orion Group and participated in the first two seasons of the Bangladesh Premier League in 2011/12 and 2012/13. Following the suspension of all of the BPL franchises following a range of financial and spot-fixing issues during the second season of the league, the original franchise was not re-established for the third season of the BPL in 2015/16.

Season overview[edit]


After a complete change in the franchise ownership and management Khulna Titans were established in advance of the 2016–17 Bangladesh Premier League. They had a stable team with the likes of sume talented Bangladeshi players such as Mahmudullah (icon), Shafiul Islam, Ariful Haque, Mosharraf Hossain. They added 9 overseas to their roster such as Riki Wessels, Junaid Khan, Lendl Simmons, Nicholas Pooran and Andre Fletcher. They were able to get to the playoffs but were defeated by both Rajshahi Kings and Dhaka Dynamites. They ended up second in the team rankings with Junaid Khan as their leading wicket-taker and Mahmudullah as the leading scorer. They won nail-biting encounters against Chittagong Vikings and Rajshahi Kings in the league stage. They finished with being known as 'the team with the best bowling attack' as two of their seamers (Junaid and Shafiul) were in the top 10 most wickets list for the tournament and had a rather disappointing Batting lineup as most batter failed to show their potential other than Ariful and their icon.


Season record
Matches Wins Losses No result Run rate Summary
12 7 5 0 -0.125 2nd (of 7)
Batting records
Player Innings Runs Average SR Highest Score
Bangladesh Mahmudullah 14 396 33.00 118.20 62
Bangladesh Ariful Haque 11 203 29.00 113.40 32*
England Riki Wessels 12 197 21.88 111.29 40
Bowling records
Player Innings Wickets Average Economy Best Figures
Pakistan Junaid Khan 14 21 16.05 6.09 4/23
Bangladesh Shafiul Islam 12 20 18.38 7.78 4/17
West Indies Cricket Board Kevon Cooper 8 11 19.00 6.70 3/35


They resigned Mahmudullah Riyad as their icon while they also made contracts with South African cricketers Rilee Rossouw, Kyle Abbott, Aussie star Chris Lynn (will miss BPL due to injury), Windies's 2016 ICC World T20 hero Carlos Brathwaite and his national teammate Chadwick Walton. They also signed Englishman Dawid Malan and Lankan all-rounder Seekkuge Prasanna and more. They retained Junaid Khan, Ariful Haque, Shafiul Islam, Mosharraf Hossain Rubel and Benny Howell. Pakistani Wicket-Keeper batsman Sarfraz Ahmed, leg spinner Shadab Khan and Junaid will be unavailable for selection on a temporary basis due to domestic commitments. [3]

From the draft, the Titans signed 8 locals (more than minimum of 7) and 2 locals. Their first pick was bought Nazmul Hossain Shanto while the surprise picks were U19 skipper Saif Hassan and little-known local pacer Imran Ali and Barbados-born English cricketer Jofra Archer. The interesting thing about Imran is that he took a 5-wicket haul in his second List-A match.They signed Sri Lankan batting all-rounder Shehan Jayasuriya and other locals from the draft.

Current squad[edit]

Players with international caps are listed in bold

Name Nationality Birth Date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
Rilee Rossouw South Africa (1989-10-09) 9 October 1989 (age 28) Left-hand bat None Overseas/[4]
Michael Klinger Australia (1980-07-04) 4 July 1980 (age 38) Right-hand bat None Overseas[4]
Nazmul Hossain Shanto Bangladesh (1998-05-25) 25 May 1998 (age 20) Left-hand bat Right-arm offbreak [4]
Saif Hassan Bangladesh (1998-10-30) 30 October 1998 (age 19) Right-hand bat None Under-19[4]
Middle-order Batsman
Ariful Haque Bangladesh (1992-11-18) 18 November 1992 (age 25) Right-hand bat Right-arm medium-fast Retained[4]
Yasir Ali Bangladesh (1996-03-06) 6 March 1996 (age 22) Right-hand bat None [4]
Mahmudullah Riyad (C) Bangladesh (1986-02-04) 4 February 1986 (age 32) Right-hand bat Right-arm off-break Captain/Icon Player[4]
Mosharraf Hossain Bangladesh (1981-11-20) 20 November 1981 (age 36) Left-hand bat Slow left-arm orthodox Retained[4]
Muktar Ali Bangladesh (1989-10-10) 10 October 1989 (age 28) Right-hand bat Right-arm medium-fast [4]
Carlos Brathwaite Barbados (1988-07-18) 18 July 1988 (age 29) Right-hand bat Right-arm medium-fast Overseas[4]
Seekkuge Prasanna Sri Lanka (1985-06-27) 27 June 1985 (age 33) Right-hand bat Leg break Overseas[4]
Shehan Jayasuriya Sri Lanka (1991-09-12) 12 September 1991 (age 26) Left-hand bat Right-arm off-break Overseas[4]
Jofra Archer Barbados (1995-04-01) 1 April 1995 (age 23) Right-hand bat Right-arm fast-medium Overseas[4]
Benny Howell England (1988-10-05) 5 October 1988 (age 29) Right-hand bat Right-arm medium-fast Overseas[4]
Akila Dananjaya Sri Lanka (1993-08-04) 4 August 1993 (age 24) Left-hand bat Right-arm off-break Overseas[4]
Afif Hossain Bangladesh (1999-09-22) 22 September 1999 (age 18) Left-hand bat Right-arm off-break [4]
Chadwick Walton Jamaica (1985-07-03) 3 July 1985 (age 33) Right-hand bat N/A Overseas, Opener[4]
Nicholas Pooran Trinidad and Tobago (1995-10-02) 2 October 1995 (age 22) Right-hand bat N/A Overseas[4]
Dhiman Ghosh Bangladesh (1987-11-23) 23 November 1987 (age 30) Right-hand bat N/A [4]
Pace Bowler
Junaid Khan Pakistan (1989-12-24) 24 December 1989 (age 28) Right-hand bat Left-arm medium-fast Overseas[4]
Kyle Abbott South Africa (1987-06-18) 18 June 1987 (age 31) Right-hand bat Right-arm fast Overseas[4]
Shafiul Islam Bangladesh (1989-10-06) 6 October 1989 (age 28) Right-hand bat Right-arm fast-medium [4]
Abu Jayed Bangladesh (1993-08-02) 2 August 1993 (age 24) Right-hand bat Right-arm medium-fast [4]
Imran Ali Bangladesh Unknown Unknown Right-arm medium-fast [4]
Spin Bowler
Tanvir Islam Bangladesh (1996-10-25) 25 October 1996 (age 21) Unknown Right-arm leg break [4]
Mohammad Irfan Pakistan (1989-10-31) 31 October 1989 (age 28) Left-hand bat Left-arm orthodox [4]

Administration and support staff[edit]

Former coaches[edit]


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