Photo/ Mashrafe Bin Mortaza @Official_Mash2
The defending champions Rangpur Riders will take on Chittagong Vikings in the opening game at 12:30pm as the sixth edition of UCB Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 Powered by TVS is set to kick off at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka today.
Last year’s runner-up Dhaka Dynamites face Rajshahi Kings in the day’s other opening game at 5.20pm at the same venue.
Ex-South African batsman AB de Villiers and England batsman Alex Hales were signed by Rangpur Riders in this year’s tournament.
In the sixth edition of UCB Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) tournament, Dhaka Dynamites, Rajshahi Kings, Khulna Titans, Rangpur Riders, Comilla Victorians, Chittagong Vikings and Sylhet Sixers are the seven participant teams.
As it was played the previous year, matches will be played on three venues across the country.
The three venues are- Sylhet International Cricket Stadium (SICS), Sylhet, Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium (ZACS) of Chattogram, and Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS), Dhaka.
Private satellite channel Gazi TV (GTV) and Maasranga Television are the two official broadcast partners from Bangladesh for this year’s tournament.
Rangpur Riders (From): Chris Gayle, Mohammad Mithun(w), AB de Villiers, Rilee Rossouw, Nadif Chowdhury, Ravi Bopara, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Sheldon Cottrell, Nazmul Islam, Shafiul Islam, Farhad Reza, Alex Hales, Sohag Gazi, Mehedi Maruf, Nahidul Islam, Abul Hasan, Benny Howell, Fardeen Hasan, Sean Williams
Chittagong Vikings (From): Mohammad Ashraful, Luke Ronchi, Cameron Delport, Mushfiqur Rahim(w/c), Shadman Islam, Sikandar Raza, Mosaddek Hossain, Robbie Frylinck, Khaled Ahmed, Robiul Haque, Abu Jayed, Najibullah Zadran, Sunzamul Islam, Mohammad Shahzad, Nayeem Hasan, Yasir Ali, Nihaduzzaman.