Rajshahi Royals

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Rajshahi Royals
রাজশাহী রয়্যালস
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LeagueBangladesh Premier League
Personnel
CaptainPakistan Shoaib Malik
CoachEngland Owais Shah
OwnerBangladesh Cricket Board (2019–20)
Team information
CityRajshahi, Rajshahi Division, Bangladesh
Colorsরাজশাহী কিংসের রঙ.svg
Founded2012 (as Duronto Rajshahi); 2016 (as Rajshahi Kings)
History
Bangladesh Premier League wins0

T20I kit

Rajshahi Royals (Bengali: রাজশাহী রয়্যালস) are a Bangladeshi franchise Twenty20 cricket team. The team is based in Rajshahi in Bangladesh and competes in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), a Twenty20 franchise cricket competition.

On 16 November 2019, Bengal Group was named as the sponsor of the team and it was renamed to Bengal Rajshahi Royals.[1]

History[edit]

Duronto Rajshahi participated in the first two seasons of the Bangladesh Premier League in 2011/12 and 2012/13.[2] Following the suspension of all BPL franchises after the second season of the league, the Rajshahi Kings were formed in advance of the 2016/17 Bangladesh Premier League following a complete change in the team ownership and management. They competed in the fourth edition of the BPL in late 2016, losing in the final to the Dhaka Dynamites. On 6 October 2016, Darren Sammy was announced the captain of the side.[3]

Season overview[edit]

2011/12[edit]

Duronto Rajshahi was captained by Mushfiqur Rahim and had the likes of Marlon Samuels, Sabbir Rahman and Mohammad Sami by his side. The team dominated during the league stage, winning 7 of their 10 games, finished at the top of the leaderboard. However, they lost to Barisal Burners in the semi-final, ending a positive campaign.

2012/13[edit]

This time, the team was led by Tamim Iqbal who had the likes of Moeen Ali and Sean Ervine accompanying him. This time, Rajshahi just managed to finish in the top 4 during the league stage, winning 5 games out of 12 matches. Their campaign ended as they were disqualified during the playoffs

2016/17[edit]

The kings were the other new team alongside Khulna Titans participating this year. They signed Mohammad Sami and Darren Sammy (who was, later on, made the skipper) pre-draft. As they were one the new teams, the kings were allowed to select two local cricketers in the draft before the initial procedure. They selected Mehedi Hasan and Nurul Hasan. They signed Sri Lankan opener Upul Tharanga (missed whole tournament due to national commitments), English all-rounder Samit Patel and more from the overseas department in the draft. They bought Mominul Haque, Farhad Reza and some more local talents also from the draft. They also signed Kiwi all-rounder James Franklin and Jamaican seamer Kesrick Williams mid-tournament. They chose hard-hitting t20 specialist batting all-rounder Sabbir Rahman as their icon player.

The kings started off with a 3 run defeat to Khulna Titans and lost to Barisal Bulls (Sabbir 122) in a nail-biting finish. They notched up crucial victories against Dhaka Dynamites (did so twice) and Khulna Titans to qualify for the playoffs.

They won against Chittagong Vikings and Khulna Titans in the eliminator and the 2nd qualifier game respectively. Unfortunately, the suffered a heavy defeat against Dhaka Dynamites in the final.

2017/18[edit]

They replaced previous icon Sabbir Rahman with wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim as the icon player and retained Mominul Haque, Farhad Reza and Mehedi Hasan. They signed English opener and part-time seamer Luke Wright and West Indian top-middle order batsmen Lendl Simmons to provide stability to the top order and also made a one-season contract with Zimbabwe's Malcolm Waller to give the lower-middle order a boost. They extended the contract for one more year with Franklin, Sami and Sammy (remade skipper).

In the draft, The Kings got the first pick in the lottery and unsurprisingly selected wiry left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman. They were riding their luck as they also gained the first pick in the overseas selection in the draft, picking Pakistani leggie Usama Mir. The surprise picks were U19 all-rounder Qazi Onik, in-form orthodox spinner Nihaduzzaman, pacer Hossain Ali and little known Pakistani all-rounder Raza Ali Dar.

The Kings began their conquest with a lost to Rangpur Riders and could not fully recover from the early defeat. They went on to lose more matches but secured some victories on the way. Overall, they finished 2nd last at 6th.

2018/19[edit]

They retained Mominul Haque, Zakir Hasan, Mehedi Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman and Mohammad Sami. They signed Afghan leg-spinner Qais Ahmad and South African Christiaan Jonker pre-draft

In the draft, Rajshahi snatched in-form batsman Soumya Sarkar as their first pick. From the overseas department, they signed the likes of Isuru Udana and Ryan ten Doeschate. Their Head Coach Lance Klusener was present in the event.

2019/20[edit]

The team signed South African Al-rounder JP Duminy as one of their direct signings.[4] But later, BCB decided to run this edition of the BPL themselves without taking any franchises, which meant the new signing could not represent this team on this edition of the tournament. [5]

In November 2019, after the players draft, Shoaib Malik and Andre Russell were included in Rajshahi Royals team in the 2019-20 Bangladesh Premier League.[6]

Records[edit]

Year Bangladesh Premier League
2012 Semi-finals
2013 Playoffs
2016 Runners-up
2017 League Stage
2019 League Stage

Kit manufacturers and sponsors[edit]

Year Kit Manufacturers Shirt Sponsor (Chest) Shirt Sponsor (Back) Chest Branding
2016 Runner Automobiles Microsoft Corporation First Security Islami Bank Limited
2017 First Security Islami Bank Limited Flora Bank
2019 Bengal Group

Current squad[edit]

  • Players with international caps are listed in bold.
  •  *  denotes a player who is currently unavailable for selection.
  •  *  denotes a player who is unavailable for rest of the season
No. Name Nat Birth date Batting style Bowling style Signed year Notes
Batsmen
3 Hazratullah Zazai Afghanistan (1998-03-23) 23 March 1998 (age 21) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox 2019 Overseas
All-rounders
50 Afif Hossain Bangladesh (1999-12-22) 22 December 1999 (age 19) Leftt-handed Right-arm off break 2019
76 Farhad Reza Bangladesh (1986-06-16) 16 June 1986 (age 33) Right-handed Right-arm medium 2019
14 Alok Kapali Bangladesh (1984-01-01) 1 January 1984 (age 35) Right-handed Right-arm leg break 2019
10 Ravi Bopara England (1985-05-04) 4 May 1985 (age 34) Right-handed Right-arm medium 2019 Overseas
21 Mohammad Nawaz Pakistan (1994-03-21) 21 March 1994 (age 25) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox 2019 Overseas
18 Shoaib Malik Pakistan (1982-02-01) 1 February 1982 (age 37) Right-handed Right-arm off break 2019 Captain, Overseas
12 Andre Russell Jamaica (1988-04-29) 29 April 1988 (age 31) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium 2019 Overseas
44 Nahidul Islam Bangladesh (1993-07-19) 19 July 1993 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm off break 2019
Wicket-keepers
16 Liton Das Bangladesh (1994-10-13) 13 October 1994 (age 25) Right-handed 2019
Irfan Sukkur Bangladesh (1993-05-22) 22 May 1993 (age 26) Left-handed 2019
Bowlers
14 Abu Jayed Bangladesh (1993-08-02) 2 August 1993 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium 2019
12 Taijul Islam Bangladesh (1992-02-07) 7 February 1992 (age 27) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox 2019
31 Kamrul Islam Rabbi Bangladesh (1991-12-10) 10 December 1991 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast 2017
27 Mohammad Irfan Pakistan (1982-06-06) 6 June 1982 (age 37) Right-handed Left-arm fast 2019 Overseas
Minhajul Abedin Afridi Bangladesh (1999-02-05) 5 February 1999 (age 20) Right-handed leg-break googly 2019


Administration and Support Staff[edit]

  • Head Coach:- England Owais Shah
  • Assistant Coach:- Bangladesh Rajin Saleh
  • Team Director:- Bangladesh Enayet Hossain Siraj
  • Team Manager:- Bangladesh Hannan Sarkar
  • Team Sponsor:- Bengal

References[edit]

  1. ^ "7 teams announced for Bangabandhu BPL". daily Bangladesh. 16 November 2019.
  2. ^ "BPL 2016 draft: As it happened". Dhaka Tribune. 30 September 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  3. ^ "BPL 4 players draft today". www.bdcricteam.com.
  4. ^ "Duminy to play for Rajshahi Kings in BPL". Cricbuzz. 21 July 2019.
  5. ^ "BCB set to arrange BPL without the franchises this year". The Daily Star. 11 September 2019.
  6. ^ "BPL 2019-20: Shoaib Malik joins Rajshahi Royals". BDCricTime. Retrieved 20 November 2019.

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