A total of 100 cricketers were picked in the Players’ Draft of the Dhaka Premier League 2018, held in Dhaka Saturday.
The 12 clubs of the premier 50-over cricket tournament of the country participated in the draft and formed their respective squads for the competition, set to start on February 5.
Selection of the 12 icon cricketers was the main attraction of the event. However, three of the clubs – Lt. Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club Limited, Brothers Union and newly promoted side Agrani Bank Cricket Club - did not pick any icon cricketer for the season. This paved the way for three other clubs to grab an extra icon player for the season.
Prime Bank Cricket Club, Abahani Limited and Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club bagged two icons each. Prime Bank roped in Mahmudullah and Rubel Hossain while defending champion Abahani picked Nasir Hossain and Mehedi Hasan Miraz. Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club grabbed Liton Das and Mustafizur Rahman. Newly promoted from the Dhaka First Division Cricket League, Shinepukur Cricket Club picked Mashrafe bin Mortaza but it is rumoured that the club might let go the veteran pacer to Abahani, backed by the clause where a club can exchange or give a player to another club upon mutual understanding.
Gazi Group Cricketers bagged Imrul Kayes as the icon of the side while Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited recruited Shakib al Hasan. Legends of Rupganj have Mushfiqur Rahim as the icon while Kalabagan Krira Chakra picked Tamim Iqbal from the draft.
Khelaghar Samaj Kalyan Samity picked Anamul Haque.
Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis chairman Kazi Inam Ahmed following a successful draft informed that the committee’s primary ambition is to ensure the club clears 50% payment of the players and also standard of umpiring in the tournament. The clubs have been given deadline to clear 50% players’ remuneration by January 30.
The CCDM boss believes the grading of players for the draft was done successfully by the selectors.
“It was becoming tough for some Dhaka League clubs to cope with the expenses. The selectors did the grading after speaking to the players. We believe the players are happy about the draft,” said Inam to the media.
Regarding the advance payment of the players, Inam said, “The clubs had to clear 50% payment of the players they had retained and all of them met the deadline. I would like to thank the clubs for that and expect similar support in the coming days.”
Dhaka Premier League has been hit with controversies over below standard umpiring in the recent past. The CCDM does not plan to involve any foreign umpire in the tournament but want to improve the standard of the local umpires.
“We all want to see good umpiring. Last year cameras were placed on the field both by a few clubs and the board and it will be the same this season too. There were not many complaints with the umpires last season and I hope it will remain the same this year too. I already spoke to the umpire’s committee chairman and vice chairman and they have assured me of good umpiring. The clubs are expecting a composed and competitive season,” Inam concluded.
RETAINED PLAYERS' LIST
Gazi Group Cricketers:
Mominul Haque Showrab, Mohammad Jahurul Islam Omi, Nadif Chowdhury, Mehedi Hasan and Abu Haider Rony
Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club:
Mohammad Farhad Reza, Imtiaz Hossain Tanna, Marshall Ayub, Arafat Sunny and Mohammad Sharifullah
Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Sanjamul Islam Nayan, Saif Hasan and Mohammad Mithun
Prime Bank Cricket Club:
Mehedi Maruf, Mohammad Zakir Hasan, Ariful Hoque, Mohammad Al Amin Jr and Mohammad Nahidul
Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited:
Taijul Islam, Rakibul Hasan Jr, Shamsur Rahman Shuvo, Rony Talukdar and Subashish Roy Chowdhury
Lt. Sk. Jamal Dhanmondi Club Limited:
Mohammad Ziaur Rahman, Mohammad Sohag Gazi, Quazi Nurul Hasan Sohan, Mohammad Tanbir Hayder and Mohammad Elias
Legends Of Rupganj:
Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain, Mohammad Naeem Islam, Mohammad Sharif, Mohammad Asif Hasan and Hamidul Islam Himel
Alok Kopali, Mohammad Junaid Siddique, Mizanur Rahman, Mohammad Mysukur Rahman and Nihaduzzaman
Kalabagan Krira Chakra:
Mohammad Ashraful, Mohammad Tasamul Hoque Rubel, Mohammad Muktar Ali, Nabil Samad and Abul Hasan Raju
Khelaghar Samaj Kalyan Samity:
Nafees Iqbal Khan, Robiul Islam Robi, Amit Majumdar, Tanvir Islam and Rafsan al Mahmud
Shinepukur Cricket Club:
Mohammad Towhid Hridoy, Afif Ahmed, Mohammad Sadman Islam Anik, Saifuddin and Shuvagata Hom Chowdhury
Agrani Bank Cricket Club:
Azmir Ahmed, Soumya Sarkar, Shahriar Nafees Ahmed, Khan Abdur Razzak Raz and Mohammad Shafiul Islam
Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Jahurul Islam, Nadif Chowdhury, Mehedi Hasan, Abu Haider, Asif Ahmed, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Zakir Ali, Nayeem Hasan, Tipu Sultan, Shahidul Islam, Nuruzzaman, Shafiul Haque and Rasel al Mamun
Liton Das, Farhad Reza, Imtiaz Hossain, Marshall Ayub, Arafat Sunny, Sharifullah, Mustafizur Rahman, Fazle Rabbi, Imran Ali, Farhad Hossain, Nasum Ahmed, Arafat Sunny Jr, Zakaria Masud and Dewan Sabbir Ahmed
Nasir Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Sanjamul Islam, Saif Hasan, Mithun Ali, Taskin Ahmed, Saqlain Sajib, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Hasan Mahmud, Hossain Ali and Mohammad Rakib
Mahmudullah, Mehedi Maruf, Zakir Hasan, Ariful Hoque, Mohammad Al Amin Jr, Mohammad Nahidul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Monir Hossain Khan, Delwar Hossain, Sajjadul Haque Ripon, Enamul Haque Jr, Mehrab Hossain Jr and Shenaz Ahmed
Shakib al Hasan, Taijul Islam, Rakibul Hasan Jr, Shamsur Rahman, Rony Talukdar, Subashish Roy, Irfan Sukkur, Qazi Anik, Anamul Haque, Mohammad Azim, Ebadat Hossain, Bishwanath Haldar, Jony Talukdar, Aminul Islam Biplob and Saeed Sarkar
Ziaur Rahman, Shoag Gazi, Quazi Nurul Hasan, Tanbir Hayder Khan, Mohammad Elias, Nazmul Islam Apu, Abu Jayed Chowdhury, Saikat Ali, Sajedul Islam, Pinak Ghosh, Hassanuzzaman, Robiul Haque, Sheikh Najmul Hossain and Mahmudul Haque
Mushfiqur Rahim, Mosharraf Hossain, Naeem Islam, Mohammad Sharif, Asif Hasan, Hamidul Islam, Abdul Majid, Tushar Imran, Avishek Mitra, Mohammad Shahid, Nayeem Shiekh, Nazmul Hossain Milon, Mehedi Hasan, Salauddin Pappu and Rubel Mia
Alok Kapali, Junaid Siddique, Mizanur Rahman, Mysukur Rahman, Nihaduzzaman, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Khaled Ahmed, Sohrawardi Shuvo, Iftekhar Sajjad, Mehedi Hasan, Shakil Hossain, Roni Hossain and Nazmus Sadat
Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Ashraful, Tasamul Haque, Muktar Ali, Nabil Samad, Abul Hasan, Taibur Rahman, Rahatul Ferdous, Jasimuddin, Sanjit Saha, Mahmudul Hasan, Faruk Hossain, Munim Shahrier, Shahadat Hossain and Mahabubul Alam
Anamul Haque, Nafees Iqbal, Robiul Islam Robi, Amit Majumdar, Tanvir Islam, Rafsan al Mahmud, Nur Alam Saddam, Moinul Islam Sohel, Mahidul Islam Bhuyain, Habibur Rahman, Nazim Uddin, Nirjon Bodro and Masum Khan
Mashrafe bin Mortaza, Towhid Hridoy, Afif Ahmed, Sadman Islam Anik, Saifuddin, Shuvagata Hom, Raihan Uddin, Tauhid Tareq, Nayeem Islam Jr, Fardeen Hasan, Ali Ahmed Manik and Sujon Howlader
Azmir Ahmed, Soumya Sarkar, Shahriar Nafees, Abdur Razzak, Shafiul Islam, Al Amin Hossain, Dhiman Ghosh, Mohammad Ishaque, Salman Hossain, Shabaz Chohan, Saymon Ahmed, Mehrab Hossain, Islamul Ahsan and Golam Kabir