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Afif only Bangladeshi picked in CPL T20

  • Published at 09:46 pm May 23rd, 2019
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Afif Hossain

The 19-year old was picked up by Saint Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the players’ draft held at the Gfinity eSports Arena in London Wednesday

Spinner-allrounder Afif Hossain has become the only Bangladeshi to get roped in by a team in the upcoming Caribbean Premier League T20 2019. 

The 19-year old was picked up by Saint Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the players’ draft held at the Gfinity eSports Arena in London Wednesday.

A left-handed top-order batsman and a right-arm off-spinner, Afif got lucky in round 13 of the draft. 

The story of Afif making it into an overseas T20 league is amazing, given that he is the only cricketer from the country to have made it into a mainstream tournament before getting established in the national team.

“I was really excited when I got to know about it. I think it’s a big achievement for me to be a part of the CPL. It’ll be my first tour to the Caribbean islands so I am looking forward to it,” said Afif to the media Thursday at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka. 

“I was watching the draft on television. I was excited when they picked me. I’ve never played in a foreign franchise league before. So, it came as a new opportunity for me,” the all-rounder added.

Afif in the tournament is set to share the dressing room with West Indies internationals in the shape of Carlos Brathwaite and Evin Lewis, among others. 

Afif and Windies T20I captain Brathwaite has previous experience of playing for the same team, for Khulna Titans in the Bangladesh Premier League T20 2017.

Afif first came under the limelight following his record bowling performance in his debut BPL 2016 match for Rajshahi Kings. 

Backed by his regular performance, he claimed his maiden T20I cap in the home series against Sri Lanka in 2018 only to get out of the national set-up right after his first international game. 

The seventh edition of the CPL is scheduled to start on September 4. 

The initial schedule to start the tournament in August was pushed back to avoid clashing with India's tour to the West Indies.