The seven franchises are almost set for the draft. The teams have already submitted their respective retentions and almost all teams have completed their direct signings of two overseas players
The Bangladesh Premier League T20 players’ draft has been delayed.
Due to unavoidable circumstances, it will now take place on October 28 instead of October 25, according to the BPL governing council.
But it is understood that the decision was based on the Zimbabwe series schedule.
The second ODI is supposed to be held on October 24 and the third ODI is scheduled for October 26, and given that both the matches will be held in Chittagong, the BCB officials will be busy with the series and will not be able to make time for the draft simultaneously.
However, the Test match series between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe starts on November 3 and as there is a decent gap between the ODI and Test series, the BPL governing council decided to have the draft on October 28.
Meanwhile, the seven franchises are almost set for the draft. The teams have already submitted their respective retentions and almost all teams have completed their direct signings of two overseas players.
Defending champion Rangpur Riders have attracted the most attention signing South Africa’s hard-hitting AB de Villiers and England opener Alex Hales.
The duo however, will not be available for the full season.
Dhaka Dynamites have signed England middle-order batsman Jason Roy and West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell while Khulna Titans have roped in English top-order batsman Dawid Malan and pace-bowling all-rounder Lewis Gregory.
Comilla Victorians have recruited Sri Lanka all-rounder Asela Gunaratne and English cricketer Liam Dawson as their direct signings.
Afghanistan leg-spinner Qais Ahmed and South African middle-order batsman Christiaan Jonker have signed for Rajshahi Kings.
There is however, no good news for a struggling Chittagong Vikings franchise.
The team came to a decision of participating in the BPL after sorting their financial dispute but are now struggling recruiting players.
The Vikings had submitted their list of four retained cricketers, naming Bangladesh spinner Sanjamul Islam, Zimbabwe all-rounder Sikandar Raza, New Zealand batsman Luke Ronchi and Afghanistan cricketer Najibullah Zadran.
It was understood that the franchise did not communicate with the players over retention and particularly the overseas cricketers were unhappy about it.
It has been learnt Ronchi and Raza tried to establish communication with the Vikings officials but failed and eventually decided to cut their ties with the franchise and get their names listed in the draft.
The side’s direct signings were unknown when this report was filed.