Rangpur Riders

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Rangpur Riders
Rangpur Riders Revised Logo.png
Nickname(s) The Riders
Riders of Hope
League Bangladesh Premier League
Personnel
Captain Naeem Islam
Coach Javed Omar
Bowling coach Mohammad Rafieque
Owner Safwan Sobhan Tasvir
Manager -
Team information
City Rangpur, Bangladesh
Colors রংপুর রাইডার্সের রঙ.svg
Founded 2012
Home ground 25,000-capacity Rangpur Stadium
History
BPL wins 0
Official website: rangpurriders.com
Rangpur Riders in 2016

The Rangpur Riders are a professional cricket team based in Rangpur City, Rangpur. The Riders compete in Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), the premier cricket league in Bangladesh. The team plays its games at Shere Bangla National Stadium in the town of Mirpur, Dhaka and Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in the town of Pahartali, Chittagong. The Riders are also headquartered at Banani, Dhaka.[1][2]

The Riders joined the league as a member in 2013, prior to the second edition of the tournament. Although the ownership of the team changed multiple times, the team structures stayed at its original form since the foundation of the team. The team is currently owned by Sohana Sports.Safwan Sobhan Tasvir as managing director of the team.[3] The Riders are coached by former Bangladesh National Cricket Team player Javed Omar, replacing the previous coach Shane Jurgensen, and led by Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi.[4][5]

The Riders have appeared in two seasons of the tournament, and have never made its way to the championship game. Bangladeshi left hand opener Soumya Sarkar is leading scorer for the team with 209 runs at an average of 16.53 and Arafat Sunny is the leading wicket taker with 21 wickets.[6][7][8]

Franchise history[edit]

The Rangpur Riders was established in 2012, afterward first season of the Bangladesh Premier League. The team was bought by Mustafa Rafiqul Islam, owner of iSports Limited. The franchise right were bought for US$1.1 million at a closed-door auction. Haque Brothers Industries Limited also participated in the bid, but failed to outbid iSports Limited, a sister-concern of Flora Telecom.[9] The Riders joined the tournament in 2013 as the seventh team, representing the newly declared Rangpur Division. The team ownership was transferred to Sohana Sports

Team history[edit]

Season Two[edit]

Rangpur Riders were the newest addition to franchise during the second edition of the league. The team began its league run with Nasir Hossain as their icon player, and Abdur Razzak as the captain. Pakistani legendary spinner Saqlain Mushtaq was appointed as the coach. The Riders picked up their first victory against Chittagong Kings, winning by 6 wickets. The team ended the season with five wins, and seven loss, resulting in a point-table tie with Duronto Rajshahi, later dropping off from the playoffs due to lower Net Run Rate than Rajshahi. Nasir Hossain was the highest paid cricketer of the team with a salary of 16.8 million (US$208,000).

Season Three[edit]

Riders of Hope gets its hope for this season when they find Shakib Al Hasan as their Icon player for this season in the newly introduced Player Draft policy instead of Bidding like previous 2 seasons.

This season Rangpur Riders bought Shane Jurgensen as their head coach to make a tough team as per their promise in the Player Draft. This season they did pick some well known local players, like- Shakib Al Hasan, Arafat Sunny, Soumya Sarkar, Al-Amin, Saqlain Sajib and few more, along with some classy international T20 specialist Lendl Simmons, Darren Sammy, Sachithra Senanayake, Mohammad Nabi with some experienced face, like Misbah-ul-Haq.

This well balanced team end up the season by capturing 3rd position in the League.

Season Four[edit]

Prior to the fourth season, the ownership of the Riders were transferred to Sohana Sports. The team rearranged its playing squad, with Shahid Afridi, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Shehzad and many other acclaimed cricketers. Shakib Al Hasan, the icon player from the previous edition was transferred to Dhaka Dynamites. The club made headlines with acquisition of Shane Watson, David Miller and Anwar Ali.

The Riders started the season strong with a dominating victory against Chittagong Vikings, winning the match by 9 wickets with Mohammad Shahzad scoring 80 runs. The team continued its domination during its second game, getting Khulna Titans all out for 44, the lowest ever total in Bangladesh Premier League. They finished fifth in the team rankings, thus, not qualifying for the semi finals.

Overall records[edit]

Year Matches Wins Losses No Result Run Rate Summary
2012
Did not participate
2013 12 5 7 0 -.506 Fifth (of seven)
2014
Tournament not held
2015 10 7 3 0 +.609 Third (of six)
2016 12 5 7 0 –0.345 Fifth (of seven)
2017 14 0 0 0 0 none (of eight)

Current squad[edit]

As of 25 October 2016
Name Nat Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
Batsman
Soumya Sarkar Bangladesh Left-hand bat Right-arm medium fast
Mithun Ali Bangladesh Right-hand bat Wicket Keeper
Pinak Ghosh Bangladesh Left-hand bat Batsman
Nasir Jamshed Pakistan Left-hand bat Right-arm off break Overseas
Gihan Rupasinghe Sri Lanka Left-hand bat Right arm leg break Overseas
Gidron Pope West Indies Cricket Board Left-hand bat Right-arm off break Overseas
Babar Azam Pakistan Right-hand bat Right-arm off break Overseas
Sharjeel Khan Pakistan Left-hand bat Right-arm off break Overseas
Mohammad Shahzad Afghanistan Right-hand bat Wicket Keeper Overseas
All Rounders
Naeem Islam (C) Bangladesh Right-hand bat Right-arm off break
Ziaur Rahman Bangladesh Right-hand bat Right-arm fast medium
Shahid Afridi Pakistan Right-hand bat Right-arm leg break Overseas
Liam Dawson England Right-hand bat Slow left-arm Orthodox Overseas
Dasun Shanaka Sri Lanka Right-hand bat Right-arm medium Overseas
Shane Watson Australia Right-hand bat Right-arm fast medium Overseas
Bowlers
Sachithra Senanayake Sri Lanka Right-handed Right-arm off break Overseas
Shahbaz Chouhan Bangladesh Right-hand bat Slow left-arm Orthodox
Rubel Hossain Bangladesh Right-hand bat Right-arm fast
Arafat Sunny Bangladesh Left-hand bat Slow left-arm Orthodox
Shohag Gazi Bangladesh Right-hand bat Right-arm off break
Muktar Ali Bangladesh Right-hand bat Right-arm medium fast
Elias Sunny Bangladesh Left-hand bat Slow left-arm Orthodox
Mehrab Hossain Jnr Bangladesh Left-hand bat Slow left-arm Orthodox
Muhammad Maaz Pakistan Right-hand bat Right-arm fast medium Overseas
Anwar Ali Pakistan Right-hand bat Right-arm fast medium Overseas

Sponsors[edit]

  • Platinum Sponsor: Bashundhara Group
  • Premium Sponsor: Amber Group
  • Gold Sponsor: Amin Mohammad Group
  • Silver Sponsor: Navana Batteries Ltd
  • Associate Sponsor: Jaj Bhuiyan Group
  • Sponsor : PHP Family,
  • Sponsor : Ratnodweep Resort
  • Sponsor : Eureka Group
  • Digital Partner: Codesign
  • Kit Sponsor: Amber Lifestyle

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Us – Rangpur Riders". Rangpur Riders. www.rangpurriders.club. Retrieved 17 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Player Draft of BPL T20 Season 4: Soumya is the Icon for Rangpur instead of Sakib Al Hasan". Espn Cricinfo. Espn. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "Rangpur Riders win a thriller". The Daily Star. The Daily Star. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Rangpur look to win maiden BPL title". theindependentbd. The Independent. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "Rangpur Riders got new owner". Cricrock. cricrock. Retrieved 7 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "Rangpur bring Misbah in place of Dilshan". theindependentbd. The Independent. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  7. ^ "Barisal go to final at Rangpur's expense". The Daily Star. The Daily Star. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "Rangpur Riders got new owner". Cricrock. cricrock. Retrieved 7 November 2016. 
  9. ^ "I Sports new BPL franchise". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 19 November 2016.