BPL 2019: Comilla Victorians acquire Shahid Afridi in the players draft
The Victorians also possess senior Bangladesh batsman Tamim Iqbal, who is their Icon player.
Updated - Oct 28, 2018 6:15 pm
Most top international cricketers are on the radar of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) teams ahead of the sixth season of the tournament. Though the BPL will be played in 2019, the hustle has already begun and the latest player signing is that of Shahid Afridi. The former Pakistan skipper who was a part of the Dhaka Dynamites squad in the previous edition will now wear a different jersey.
Comilla Victorians the former champions of the tournament have acquired the services of the veteran Pakistani cricketer. It was at the players draft of BPL 2019 which is currently underway at the Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel in Dhaka that the Victorians signed him up.
Afridi, one of the most popular players in the shortest format of the game was slotted in the A+ category. Comilla were so sure that they wanted his experience in their line-up that they roped him in the first round of the draft when the foreign players were on offer.
The 38-year-old, Afridi has played over 280 T20 matches, scored nearly 4000 runs and has 307 wickets to his name. What he brings to the table for a franchise is a lot more than just the numbers and that’s what the Comilla team would be looking forward to. The Victorians also possess senior Bangladesh batsman Tamim Iqbal, who is their Icon player.
Here is the list of overseas players signed up by teams for BPL 2019:
Foreign, Set 1
Sylhet Sixers (Call 1 and 7) – Fabian Allen (West Indies) and Mohammad Irfan (Pakistan)
Rajshahi Kings (Call 2 and 6) – Isuru Udana (Sri Lanka) and (Laurie Evans)
Khulna Titans (Call 3 and 5) – Zaheer Khan (Afghanistan) and Sherfane Rutherford (West Indies)
Dhaka Dynamites (Call 4 and 4) – Andrew Birch (South Africa) and Ian Bell (England)
Rangpur Riders (Call 5 and 3) – Ravi Bopara (England) and Rilee Rossouw (South Africa)
Comilla Victorians (Call 6 and 2) – Shahid Afridi (Pakistan) and Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka)
Chittagong Vikings (Call 7 and 1) – Cameron Delport (South Africa) and Dasun Shanaka (Sri Lanka)