BPL 2019: Mohammad Ashraful set for a return after serving his ban

BPL 2019: Mohammad Ashraful set for a return after serving his ban

The highly anticipated player draft is set to take place on Sunday in Dhaka, which will include a total of 186 local players and 373 foreign players.

Mohammad Ashraful
Mohammad Ashraful of Bangladesh. (Photo by Graham Crouch/Getty Images)

Former Bangladeshi skipper Mohammad Ashraful made in-roads in the international circuit at a very tender age and was touted as the next big thing in their country. But as it turned out, his career took too many unenviable turns and derailed him from the path which would’ve led him to greatness.

After he was found guilty in the match-fixing scandal back in the Bangladesh Premier League in 2013, he was slapped with a five-year ban by the Bangladesh Cricket Board. After serving the punishment, the 34-year-old is all set to make a comeback and will be featuring in the next edition of the league.

The BCB announced the list of players included in the player draft and Ashraful was put in B category with a price tag of Tk 18. Each team has six players in their squad ahead of the draft. In all, each team can sign a maximum of 12 local and nine overseas players. Every side must include four overseas players in their playing eleven this season as opposed to the five foreign players rule last season.

Player Draft to take place on Sunday

The highly anticipated player draft is set to take place on Sunday in Dhaka, which will include a total of 186 local players and 373 foreign players categorized into different groups. The occasion will take place at the grand ballroom of the Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel of the capital and BCB director Mahbub Anam will conduct the process as draft commissioner.

Each team has to pick a minimum of 10 local players and may pick a maximum of 12 while a franchise can pick a maximum of 9 overseas players. Some big players were already retained by the franchises and we got to see some other prominent signings like AB de Villiers joining the defending champions Rangpur Riders

The tournament was originally scheduled to be conducted in October 2018, but due to the Bangladeshi general elections, the dates were moved to January 2019. The presence of David Warner, AB de Villiers, Andre Russell, Chris Gayle, and few other T20 stars suggests this edition will be bigger than ever before.

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