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Bangladesh Premier League 2019-20: Preview, Match Schedule, Team Squads and Tournament Predictions

Liton Das is playing for Rajshahi Royals in this year's Bangladesh Premier League
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All you need to know about the 7th edition of the Bangladesh Premier League 2019-20 comprising 42 league matches and four playoff games. BPL will have a special edition this year known as 'Banglabandhu BPL' to pay tribute to the first President of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on his 100th birth anniversary.


The sixth edition of the Bangladesh Premier League was set to be played in 2018 but due to the elections in the country, it was postponed to 2019. The fans will get to witness another edition of the league in the same year.

The seventh season kicks off on December 11, 2019 and will go on till January 17 next year, with a total of 46 T20Is to be played. Almost every day of the season will see double headers being played.

There are a total of seven franchises this season, most with tweaked names - Rajshahi Royal, Rangpur Rangers, Sylhet Thunders, Cumilla Warriors, Chattogram Challengers, Dhaka Platoon and Khulna Tigers. 

As many as 439 foreign players had enrolled in BPL 2019-20. There's a cap of 4 overseas players in the playing XI.

Interestingly, the Bangladesh Cricket Board has made it mandatory for every side to have at least one overseas pace bowler who can bowl at over 140 kmph and one leg spinner.

Apart from the contentious compulsion, the BCB has also set a limit of 19 players for every squad with 9-11 domestic players and 6 foreign players. Bigshots such as Dawid Malan, Shai Hope, Shahid Afridi, Thisara Perera, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Amir, Ravi Bopara, Shai Hope and Sheldon Cottrell will be featuring in the league.

Bangladesh Premier League 2019-20 will follow the playoff format with the opening encounter to be played between Chattogram Challengers and Sylhet Thunder at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on December 11.

 

Tournament Predictions

 Winner -  Dhaka Platoon

Runners Up -  Rangpur Rangers

Top Run Scorer -   Tamim Iqbal

Top Wicket Taker -  Taskin Ahmed

Most Sixes - Dawid Malan

Let's have a look at the squads of all the seven franchises:

Rajshahi Royals - Liton Das, Afif Hossain, Abu Jayed, Farhad Reza, Ravi Bopara, Hazratullah Zazai, Taijul Islam, Alok Kapali, Kamrul Islam, Irfan Sukkur, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Irfan, Minhajul Abedin Afridi, Nahidul Islam, Shoaib Malik, Andre Russell

Rangpur Rangers - Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Naim, Arafat Sunny, Jahurul Islam, Mohammad Nabi, Shai Hope, Taskin Ahmed, Zakir Hasan, Fazle Rabbi, Nadif Chowdhury, Lewis Gregory, Cameron Delport, Sanjit Saha

Sylhet Thunders - Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Mithun, Nazmul Islam, Sohag Gazi, Sherfane Rutherford, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Rony Talukdar, Nayeem Hasan, Delwar Hossain, Monir Hossain, Naveen-ul Haq, Johnson Charles, Ruyel Miah, Jeevan Mendis, Ebadat Hossain, Sheldon Cottrell

Cumilla Warriors - Soumya Sarkar, Al-Amin Hossain, Yasir Ali, Sabbir Rahman, Kusal Perera, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Sunzamul Islam, Abu Hider, Mahidul Islam Ankon, Sumon Khan, Dawid Malan, Dasun Shanaka, Fardeen Hasan Ony

Chattogram Challengers - Mahmudullah, Imrul Kayes, Nasir Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Kesrick Williams, Nurul Hasan, Enamul Haque Jr, Muktar Ali, Pinak Ghosh, Avishka Fernando, Rayad Emrit, Nasum Ahmed, Junaid Siddique, Ryan Burl, Imad Wasim, Lendl Simmons, Jubair Hossain, Chris Gayle (available for the second half of the tournament)

Dhaka Platoon - Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque Haque, Mahmud, Mahedi Hasan, Thisara Perera, Laurie Evans, Ariful Haque, Mominul Haque, Shuvagata Hom, Mashrafe Mortaza, Wahab Riaz, Asif Ali, Raqibul Hasan, Jaker Ali, Luis Reece, Shahid Afridi

Khulna Tigers - Mushfiqur Rahim, Shafiul Islam, Nazmul Hossain, Aminul Islam, Rilee Rossouw, Robbie Frylinck, Shamsur Rahman, Saif Hasan, Mehedi Hasan, Shahidul Islam, Mohammad Amir, Najibullah Zadran, Aliss Islam, Tanvir Islam, Rahmanullah Gurbaz

Here's the complete schedule of the tournament:

DATE

MATCHES

VENUE

TIME (LOCAL)

 

11th December 2019

Chattogram Challengers vs Sylhet Thunders

Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka)

12:30

11th December 2019

Cumilla Warriors vs Rangpur Rangers

Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka)

17:20

12th December 2019

Dhaka Platoon vs Rajshahi Royals

Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka)

12:30

12th December 2019

Khulna Tigers vs Chattogram Challengers

Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka)

17:20

13th December 2019

Sylhet Thunders vs Rajshahi Royals

Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka)

14:00

13th December 2019

Dhaka Platoon vs Cumilla Warriors

Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka)

19:00

14th December 2019

Rangpur Rangers vs Chattogram Challengers

Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka)

12:30

14th December 2019

Dhaka Platoon vs Sylhet Thunders

Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka)

17:20

17th December 2019

Khulna Tigers vs Rajshahi Royals

Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong

12:30

17th Decmeber 2019

Chattogram Challengers vs Sylhet Thunders

Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong

17:20

18th December 2019

Cumilla Warriors vs Rangpur Rangers

Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong

12:30

18th December 2019

Chattogram Challengers vs Dhaka Platoon

Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong

17:20

20th December 2019

Khulna Tigers vs Rangpur Rangers

Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong

14:00

20th December 2019

Chattogram Challengers vs Cumilla Warriors

Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong

19:00

21st December 2019

Khulna Tigers vs Sylhet Thunders

Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong

12:30

21st December 2019

Chattogram Challengers vs Rangpur Rangers

Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong

17:20

23rd December 2019

Dhaka Platoon vs Cumilla Warriors

Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong

12:30

23rd December 2019

Khulna Tigers vs Rajshahi Royals

Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong

17:20

24th December 2019

Dhaka Platoon vs Sylhet Thunders

Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong

12:30

24th December 2019

Cumilla Warriors vs Rajshahi Royals

Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong

17:20

27th December 2019

Chattogram Challengers vs Dhaka Platoon

Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka

14:00

27th December 2019

Khulna Tigers vs Rangpur Rangers

Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka

19:00

28th December 2019

Cumilla Warriors vs Rajshahi Royals

Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka

12:30

28th December 2019

Khulna Tigers vs Sylhet Thunders

Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka

17:20

30th December 2019

Sylhet Thunders vs Rangpur Rangers

Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka

12:30

30th December 2019

Dhaka Platoon vs Rajshahi Royals

Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka

17:20

31st December 2019

Chattogram Challengers vs Cumilla Warriors

Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka

12:30

31st December 2019

Rangpur Rangers vs Rajshahi Royals

Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka

17:20

2nd January 2020

Rangpur Rangers vs Rajshahi Royals

Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet

12:30

2nd January 2020

Sylhet Thunders vs Cumilla Warriors

Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet

17:20

3rd January 2020

Dhaka Platoon vs Khulna Tigers

Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet

14:00

3rd January 2020

Sylhet Thunders vs Rangpur Rangers

Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet

19:00

4th January 2020

Chattogram Challengers vs Khulna Tigers

Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet

12:30

4th January 2020

Sylhet Thunders vs Rajshahi Royals

Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet

17:20

7th January 2020

Sylhet Thunders vs Cumilla Warriors

Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka

12:30

7th January 2020

Chattogram Challengers vs Rajshahi Royals

Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka

17:20

8th January 2020

Khulna Tigers vs Cumilla Warriors

Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka

12:30

8th January 2020

Dhaka Platoon vs Rangpur Rangers

Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka

17:20

10th January 2020

Dhaka Platoon vs Rangpur Rangers

Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka

14:00

10th January 2020

Khulna Tigers vs Cumilla Warriors

Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka

19:00

11th January 2020

Chattogram Challengers vs Rajshahi Royals

Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka

12:30

11th January 2020

Khulna Tigers vs Dhaka Platoon

Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka

17:20

Eliminator

13th January 2020

3rd Position vs 4th Position

Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka

12:30

Qualifier-1

13th January 2020

1st Position vs 2nd Position

Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka

17:20

Qualifier-2

15th January 2020

Loser of Q-1 vs Winner of Eliminator

Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka

17:20

Final

17th January 2020

Winner of Q-1 vs Winner of Q-2

Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka

19:00


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