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Bangla Tigers to represent Bangladesh in T10 League

  • Published at 06:42 pm September 21st, 2019
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Shaji Ul Mulk (left), Chairman of Abu Dhabi T10, during the deal signing with Bangla Tigers owner Yasin Chowdhury (middle) and Shirazuddin Alam (right)

Bangla Tigers franchise aim to appeal to the Bangladeshi community in the UAE, highlighting the cricket stars of the country. However, availability of the mainstream national cricketers is in doubt. Bangladesh are set to tour India for two Test matches and three T20Is, which will be followed by the seventh edition of the BPL T20 in December-January

Bangla Tigers are set to represent Bangladesh cricket in the upcoming edition of the Abu Dhabi T10 League. The franchise based 10-over tournament Friday announced Bangla Tigers as the newest team to the join the third edition. The Bangla Tigers will be in action in the third edition of the Abu Dhabi T10 League, scheduled to start from November 24 this year. The Bangla Tigers replaced Pakhtoons in the League for the upcoming season, continuing the revamp of the 10-over tournament.

Bangla Tigers are co-owned by former Bangladesh Cricket Board director Shirajuddin Alamgir.  

Shirajuddin is currently a member of the Chittagong Divisional Sports Association and was a major force behind CDSA’s Port City T20 Cricket League. He also played a key role behind the emergence of the Bangladesh Premier League T20 under the BCB in 2012. 

The other owner is Yasin Chowdhury, owner of FMC Sports in Chittagong Premier Cricket League.  Both Shirajuddin and Yasin were unreachable over phone for their remarks.

Bangla Tigers franchise aim to appeal to the Bangladeshi community in the UAE, highlighting the cricket stars of the country. However, availability of the mainstream national cricketers is in doubt. Bangladesh are set to tour India for two Test matches and three T20Is, which will be followed by the seventh edition of the BPL T20 in December-January.

“The addition of a marquee team representing the strong cricketing tradition of Bangladesh reaffirms the international flavor of the Abu Dhabi T10, and is sure to strike a chord among the 700,000+ Bangladeshi residents who make up the third largest expatriate community in the United Arab Emirates. You can hardly speak of cricket without mentioning great Bangladeshi players like Shakib al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal. So, obviously we are pleased to welcome aboard the Bangla Tigers who will certainly represent the best spirit of Bangladesh cricket,” chairman of Abu Dhabi T10, Shaji Ul Mulk said in a media release.

The 10-day Abu Dhabi T10 aims to pull-up a star-studded opening ceremony at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium. 

The grand finale of the tournament is set to take place on November 24.

Some of the most bankable names in cricket, including England World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan, Shane Watson, Rashid Khan, Andre Russell, Lasith Malinga and Darren Sammy have participated in the previous editions of the tournament.

“We heartily welcome the Bangla Tigers to Abu Dhabi and look forward to the enthusiastic response from Bangladeshi cricket fans around the world. We experienced the fantastic Bangladeshi fans during the Unimoni Asia Cup last year and can’t wait to host them again,” CEO of Abu Dhabi Cricket, Matthew Boucher said.

The T10 league is the world’s only 10-over league to be officially sanctioned by the International Cricket Council and licensed by the Emirates Cricket Board.