Three Indian players to be a part of BPL Draft

The BPL has been revamped and named as Bangabandhu BPL.

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Dhaka Dynamites celebrate their BPL 2016 title win. (Photo Source: Twitter)

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In a move to garner more attention and raise the level of the tournament, Bangladesh Cricket Board is hoping to attract Indian players to the Bangladesh Premier League. However, the Indian cricket board does not allow its players to participate in T20 leagues across the globe.

After the country’s cricket governing body took over the control of Bangladesh Premier League, the nation is eyeing to get hold of Indian cricketers who are outside the contract of their board.

“We proposed to bring in Indian players who are outside the contract of their board. They can play in principle,” Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan told reporters in Dhaka on Saturday. “I am not sure if we will get them in this BPL, but hopefully we will get them in future. Will try for them in this BPL too,” he added.

Former Indian cricketers, Harbhajan Singh and Irfan Pathan had registered their names for the Hundred and the Caribbean Premier League respectively. However, both the players had to withdraw their names because they have not announced their retirement and are still considered as active players.

In two more instances, Yuvraj Singh and Manpreet Gony also had to encounter this issue. But as both the players had already announced their retirement, they successfully acquired the ‘No Objection Certificate’ in order to play in Global T20 Canada.

Official BPL draft to be unveiled on Sunday

Three Indian cricketers – former IPL winner Manvinder Bisla, pacer Manpreet Gony and former Rajasthan Royals’ cricketer Kumar Boresa were named among 439 foreign players for a draft for the new season.

Manpreet Gony has the experience of playing for several teams in the IPL like Chennai Super Kings, Deccan Chargers, Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians. Bisla also has years of experience under his belt. Bisla has donned the jersey for Deccan Chargers, Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Kumar Boresa is also a young prospect who has also won the ‘Cricket Star Rajasthan’ award.

The official draft will be presented later on Sunday. The BPL is also expected to feature a sizeable number of overseas players as 95 English, 89 Pakistani and 44 Sri Lankan players are a part of the draft. Scarred by many controversies including match-fixing scandals, the BPL has been revamped and named as Bangabandhu BPL. The tournament is scheduled to kick start on December 11.