BPL 2019: Best pre-tournament overseas XI

BPL 2019: Best pre-tournament overseas XI

The player draft organised back in October saw some chopping and changing, but the squads are relatively similar to the previous ones.

Sandeep Lamichhane
Sandeep Lamichhane. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The Rangpur Riders, under the inspirational leadership of Mashrafe Mortaza, lifted their first Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) trophy last season, but their fans had to wait for a pretty long time for the title defence to begin. With elections being a huge constraint, the tournament did not take place in 2018 as scheduled but is all set to go on stage tomorrow, January 5.

The player draft organised two months back in October saw some chopping and changing, but the squads are relatively similar to the previous ones. Despite managing to rope in some of the best T20 players from across the globe, they have failed to garner the kind of attention that they had anticipated. The organisers, however, will be keen to turn those tables around.

The overlapping schedule with major competitors in the market, the Big Bash League, will come in as a big problem and it will be interesting to see if the quality of cricket here can make people turn their heads towards the subcontinent. On paper, definitely, there are some humongous names who will pull crowds towards them instantly.

Here’s the best XI among the overseas players.

1. David Warner (Sylhet Sixers)

David Warner
David Warner. (Photo by Ashley Allen – CPL T20/Getty Images)

The pocket-sized dynamo, a legend already in the limited overs format, David Warner has been appointed as the captain of Sylhet Sixers. This will provide great exposure to the discarded Aussie cricketer who has played only the CPL in recent times and might be a little rusty getting into the tournament. His statistics though are flabbergasting and the southpaw is a master of facing the white ball in the subcontinent.

His success in the IPL is a huge indication and there are not many reasons suggesting why he cannot replicate the same in Bangladesh. The pitches here will be a lot more difficult to counter for the 32-year-old, but every challenge now will only do him a world of good.