Sylhet sign English cricketers Chris Jordan and Dawid Malan for BPL 5

Apart from the foreigners, the franchise has also secured the services of national players Sabbir Rahman and Abul Hasan Raju.

Dawid Malan
Dawid Malan of England celebrates his half century. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Following a one year ban, the Sylhet franchise is all set to make their return to the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). Formerly known as the Sylhet Super Stars, the franchise has decided to appear in the upcoming edition of the BPL with a new name. According to reports, the team will be named ‘Surma Sixers Sylhet’ for BPL 5.

Despite having a slow start in signing players, the franchise has managed to rope in some of the big names in world cricket – England’s Chris Jordan and opening batsman Dawid Malan. The 29-year-old left handed opener Malan will be a clinical addition to the batting line-up with his decisive stroke play and quick footwork.

Jordan, on the other hand, can prove extremely beneficial for a skipper with the options he brings to the table. A clinical addition to the batting line up in the middle order, he can also chip in with valuable contributions with the ball as well, making him a useful asset.

Bangladeshi stars

Apart from the foreigners, the franchise has also secured the services of national players Sabbir Rahman and Abul Hasan Raju. Sabbir Rahman, the swashbuckling Bangladesh batsman will the team’s icon cricketer for the upcoming season.

They were originally inducted in 2012 for the inaugural edition of the BPL as the Sylhet Royals. However, the Royals were one of the teams to be dissolved in 2013 after the second edition. The franchise was then sold to the current owners ALIF and rebranded as the Super Stars for the 2015 edition. In the 2016 season, they received a one-year suspension due to misbehaviour of the team owner with cricketer Tamim Iqbal.

Now, the franchise has changed it to ‘Surma Sixers’ and the team is controlled by a new group of owners.