Sylhet Thunder

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Sylhet Thunder
সিলেট থান্ডার
ꠍꠤꠟꠦ꠆ꠑ ꠍꠤꠇꠍꠣꠞꠡ
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LeagueBangladesh Premier League
CaptainGrenada Andre Fletcher
CoachSouth Africa Herschelle Gibbs
OwnerBangladesh Cricket Board (2019–20)
Team information
CitySylhet, Sylhet Division, Bangladesh
ColorsSylhet Royals colours.svg
Founded2012 (as Sylhet Royals); 2015 (as Sylhet Super Stars); 2017 (as Sylhet Sixers)
Home groundSylhet International Stadium, Sylhet
Bangladesh Premier League wins0
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T20I kit

Sylhet Thunder (Bengali: সিলেট থান্ডার, Sylheti: ꠍꠤꠟꠦ꠆ꠑ ꠍꠤꠇꠍꠣꠞꠡ) is a professional cricket franchise team based in Sylhet, Bangladesh. The team competes in the Bangladesh Premier League. The franchise made their debut at the 2017 Bangladesh Premier League.

The Sixers play their home games at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium. The team is owned by Sylhet Sports Limited in care of Bangladesh's former Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith. His son, Shahed Muhith is the Chairman of team. The Sixers announced Waqar Younis as head coach and International Cricketer, David Warner as captain for the 6th edition of Bangladesh Premier League. Former Bangladesh National Cricket Team all-rounder Alok Kapali took over as captain after Warner's departure, due to injury.

On 16 November 2019, was named as the sponsor of the team and it was renamed to Sylhet Thunder.[1]


Former logo of Sylhet Sixers

Sylhet Sixers is a new Franchisee, created in 2017, competing in Bangladesh Premier League, chaired by architect, social activist and IT Specialist Shahed Muhit. The team's management has extensive experience in sports team management. The management intends to use the team to bridge the gap between the cricket stars and passionate fans and engage the youth to divert their focus to wholesome sporting activities. Sylhet Sixers is the brainchild of a Bangladesh MP, Abul Maal Abdul Muhit. A management team composed of former cricketers, coaches, lawyers, business entrepreneurs formed to start the Sylhet Sixers. Mr. Maashed R. Abdullah and Mr. Yasir Obaid both textile entrepreneurs had joined the Sixers as Managing Director and CEO respectively.

Season overview[edit]


The Sylhet Franchise returned to BPL under the Sylhet Sixers banner. The team's icon player was Sabbir Rahman and was captained by all-rounder Nasir Hossain. They lured wicket-keeper Nurul Hasan and orthodox spinner and Taijul Islam as pre-draft signings. Their foreign player signings included Krishmar Santokie, Babar Azam, Liam Plunkett, Andre Fletcher, Upul Tharanga, Ross Whitely and more.

At the draft, pacer Abul Hasan was their first pick. Their first foreign pick was Lankan all-rounder Chaturanga de Silva. Their surprise picks were little-known, inexperienced Pakistani pacer Ghulam Mudassar, averaging more than 40 with the ball and picking up a solitary wicket in the 2 matches.

The team started their campaign with 4 wins in a row on their home turf. Andre Fletcher and Upul Tharanga turned out to be destructive at the top. Skipper Nasir Hossain bowled well so did Liam Plunkett. The Sixers suffered a series of injuries as the tournament went on. In the end, the Sixers finished 5th on the points table.


The Sixers decided to retain Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain and Pakistani all-rounder Sohail Tanvir. They signed Bangladesh National Cricket Team opener and wicket-keeper Liton Das as their icon player. Outside the draft, they signed Australian batsman David Warner. They also signed English opening batsman Jason Roy, Nepali leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane, South African Imran Tahir, Wayne Parnell and Pakistani all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz.

At the draft, Sylhet signed the likes of Taskin Ahmed, Al-Amin Hossain, Afif Hossain and Alok Kapali from the domestic category. Their international signings from the draft included Mohammad Irfan, Andre Fletcher, Gulbadin Naib to name a few.


During the player's direct signing period, a Conflict of Interests aroused between BCB and all other franchise. Subsequently in September 2019, BCB made some changes in rules and regulations for this season and eliminating all franchises, BCB took over the charge of the current BPL and decided to run this current tournament by the board itself and named the tournament as Bangabandhu BPL T20 2019 in order to pay homage to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on his birth centenary.[2] The team is owned and managed by BCB itself.[3]


Year Bangladesh Premier League Team Name
2012 League Stage Sylhet Royals
2013 Playoffs Sylhet Royals
2015 League stage Sylhet Super Stars
2016 Suspended
2017 League stage Sylhet Sixers
2019 League stage Sylhet Sixers

Kit manufacturers and sponsors[edit]

Year Kit Manufacturers Shirt Sponsor (Chest) Shirt Sponsor (Back) Chest Branding
2017 Eastern Housing Limited Bengal Group Walton Group
2020 United International University Rupayan Group; Saif Powertec

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
31 Rony Talukdar Bangladesh (1990-10-10) 10 October 1990 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm slow-medium 2019
36 Abdul Mazid Bangladesh (1991-01-01) 1 January 1991 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm off break 2019
37 Rubel Mia Bangladesh (1992-08-05) 5 August 1992 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm medium 2019
32 Mosaddek Hossain Bangladesh (1995-12-10) 10 December 1995 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm off break 2019 Captain
42 Sohag Gazi Bangladesh (1991-08-05) 5 August 1991 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm off break 2019
50 Sherfane Rutherford Guyana (1998-08-15) 15 August 1998 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium 2019 Overseas
88 Jeevan Mendis Sri Lanka (1983-01-15) 15 January 1983 (age 37) Left-handed Leg-break 2019 Overseas
25 Nazmul Hossain Milon Bangladesh (1987-09-11) 11 September 1987 (age 32) Right-handed Right-arm medium 2019
8 Mohammad Mithun Bangladesh (1990-02-13) 13 February 1990 (age 29) Right-handed 2019
25 Johnson Charles Saint Lucia (1989-01-14) 14 January 1989 (age 31) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast 2019 Overseas
25 Shafiqullah Afghanistan (1989-08-07) 7 August 1989 (age 30) Right-handed 2019 Overseas
77 Andre Fletcher Grenada (1987-11-27) 27 November 1987 (age 32) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast 2019 Overseas
21 Nazmul Islam Bangladesh (1991-03-21) 21 March 1991 (age 28) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox 2019
33 Nayeem Hasan Bangladesh (2000-12-02) 2 December 2000 (age 19) Right-handed Right-arm off break 2019
58 Ebadot Hossain Bangladesh (1994-01-07) 7 January 1994 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm medium 2018
88 Naveen-ul-Haq Afghanistan (1999-09-23) 23 September 1999 (age 20) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast 2019 Overseas
19 Sheldon Cottrell Jamaica (1989-08-19) 19 August 1989 (age 30) Right-handed Left-arm fast-medium 2019 Overseas
7 Mohammad Sami Pakistan (1981-02-24) 24 February 1981 (age 38) Right-handed Right-arm fast 2019 Overseas
45 Krishmar Santokie Jamaica (1984-12-20) 20 December 1984 (age 35) Left-handed Left-arm fast-medium 2019 Overseas
96 Delwar Hossain Bangladesh (1985-01-01) 1 January 1985 (age 35) Right-handed Right-arm medium 2019
35 Monir Hossain Bangladesh (1985-01-27) 27 January 1985 (age 34) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox 2019

Administration and support staff[edit]

2018/19 Management:


  1. ^ "7 teams announced for Bangabandhu BPL". daily Bangladesh. 16 November 2019.
  2. ^ "BCB to conduct T20 tournament instead of BPL after fallout with franchises". Cricbuzz. 11 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Bangabandhu BPL T20 2019 squads". Bangladesh Cricket Board. 17 November 2019.