Chattogram Challengers and Sylhet Thunder will get things rolling at 1:30pm in the tournament opener, while Cumilla Warriors will take on Rangpur Rangers in the evening game at 6:30pm at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka
The Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20, organized to mark the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, will roll on the field Wednesday at the home of cricket in Mirpur.
Chattogram Challengers and Sylhet Thunder will get things rolling at 1:30pm in the tournament opener, while Cumilla Warriors will take on Rangpur Rangers in the evening game at 6:30pm at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka.
Rangpur captain Mohammad Nabi said they are all set for their opening game, with their squad comprising a nice mixture of young Bangladesh players and experienced overseas cricketers.
“Thanks to the management side for trusting me as the captain (of) Rangpur. Inshallah, we will try our best for winning combination teams for these tournaments. Most of the young talents are from Bangladesh side, and we have experienced overseas players. Let's see, we will try our best,” Nabi told the media in Mirpur Tuesday.
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The 34-year old added, “It is not new to me in Bangladesh. For the last eight to nine years, I’m playing every year in Bangladesh. In Bangladesh, it is a better situation all the time playing in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet, everywhere. I know the conditions and everything. Most of the players who (were) selected (for) Rangpur are playing in a different franchise. I got to know everybody.”
In contrast, makeshift Chattogram skipper Imrul Kayes said they are targeting a winning start to the seventh edition of the tournament.
“We want to start well. Our confidence will increase if we win our first match. The season will begin well for everyone. Our local players are good. Everyone is confident, and will try their best to get off to a winning start.
Touching on the subject of the absence of regular Chattogram captain Mahmudullah, Kayes said, “It is difficult to adjust the combination of the team in the absence of Riyad (Mahmudullah) bhai. We will miss him in two games. His absence might be filled with a foreign or a local player. It is difficult to fill his absence. Those who are picked in his stead will try to utilize their opportunities.”
Gazi TV and Maasranga TV will telecast both the games live.