BPL 2019: All you need to know, where to watch and more details
The Bangladesh Premier League is all set to enter its sixth edition. Having its roots in the year 2012, BPL 2018-19 was slated to commence from 1 October 2018. However, with Bangladesh's General Elections falling in the same time frame, Bangladesh Cricket Board decided to shift its premier T20 tournament to 2019 with 5 January 2019 reinforced as its starting date. The league will run until February with the final scheduled on 8 February 2019.
Drafts for BPL 2019 got underway on 28 October 2018 at Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel in Dhaka. With all the teams retaining a few players, as many as 554 players (186 Bangladeshi and 368 foreign players) happened to be a part of the drafts.
It is worthy to note that, initially, the drafts were to take place on 25 October 2018. However, they were clashing with the ODI series between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe and hence BCB shifted it to 28 October 2018.
Where to watch details
The much awaited BPL will be played between 5th January – 8th February 2019 will be broadcast on DSPORT, a Premier Sports Channel for Discovery Communications India.
For viewers in Bangladesh, Gazi TV will broadcast all 46 fixtures of BPL 2019 on GTV.
Viewers can also catch the action online through Rabbithole website and its App. Rabbitholebd Entertainment will live stream the games and offer highlights as well on its Youtube Channel.
Changes for BPL 2019
BPL 2019 will be featuring seven teams which will be representing seven cities. Moreover, this time around, there is a rule change which will allow all the teams to include a maximum of 4 overseas players in the final playing XI, unlike the previous editions where five foreign players were allowed in the final XI. Besides, this will be the first time that BPL will be using the Decision Review System (DRS).
BPL 2019 will be following the same qualification cycle as of the Indian Premier League. All the seven teams will be contesting in a round-robin league where each side will be playing against every other team once. After the end of the league stage, the top four teams will contest in the playoffs to decide the winner.
The playoffs will include Eliminator, Qualifier 1, and Qualifier 2. At first, the third-ranked and the fourth-ranked team will contest in Eliminator where the winner will proceed to Qualifier 2 whereas the loser will have to rest their case. After the Eliminator, the top two ranked teams will contest in Qualifier 1 where the winner will advance to finals while the loser will have to play against the winner of the Eliminator in Qualifier 2. Consequently, the winner of the Qualifier 2 and the winner of the Qualifier 1 will contest for the beautiful trophy of BPL 2019.
BPL 2019 Squads
Alongside a good number of local players, plenty of foreign stars are also going to be a part of the sixth edition of BPL. In addition to that, Steve Smith and David Warner, who are currently serving a one-year ban, are also going to be part of the league. Below are the complete squads of all the seven teams who will be contesting for the silverware in BPL 2019.
Sunzamul Islam, Sikandar Raza, Luke Ronchi, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Shahzad, Robbie Frylinck, Mosaddek Hossain, Abu Jayed, Khaled Ahmed, Nayeem Hasan, Cameron Delport, Dasun Shanaka, Mohammad Ashraful, Robiul Haque, Yasir Ali, Nihaduzzaman, Najibullah Zadran, and Shadman Islam.
Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Saifuddin, Shoaib Malik, Asela Gunaratne, Liam Dawson, Abu Hider Rony, Anamul Haque, Ziaur Rahman, Shahid Afridi, Thisara Perera, Mosharraf Hossain, Mohammad Shahid, Shamsur Rahman, Sanjit Saha, Evin Lewis, Waqar Salamkheil, and Aamer Yamin.
Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Hazratullah Zazai, Andre Russell, Rubel Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Rony Talukdar, Shuvagata Hom, Andrew Birch, Ian Bell, Qazi Onik, Mohammad Asif Hasan, and Naim Sheikh.
Mahmudullah, Ariful Haque, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Carlos Brathwaite, Dawid Malan, Jahurul Islam, Shariful Islam, Taijul Islam, Al-Amin, Zahir Khan, Sherfane Rutherford, Subashis Roy, Junaid Siddique, Mahidul Islam Ankon, Tanvir Islam, Lasith Malinga, Yasir Shah, Brendan Taylor, and Paul Stirling.
Mominul Haque, Mehidy Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Zakir Hasan, Qais Ahmad, Christiaan Jonker, Soumya Sarkar, Fazle Mahmud, Arafat Sunny, Alauddin Babu, Isuru Udana, Laurie Evans, Marshall Ayub, Kamrul Islam, Ryan ten Doeschate, Seekkuge Prasanna, Mohammad Sami, and Mohammad Hafeez.
Mashrafe Mortaza, Nazmul Islam, Mohammad Mithun, Chris Gayle, Alex Hales, AB de Villiers, Shafiul Islam, Sohag Gazi, Farhad Reza, Mehedi Maruf, Ravi Bopara, Rilee Rossouw, Nahidul Islam, Nadif Chowdhury, Abul Hasan, Benny Howell, and Oshane Thomas.
Nasir Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Liton Das, Sohail Tanvir, David Warner, Sandeep Lamichhane, Afif Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Al-Amin Hossain, Towhid Hridoy, Fabian Allen, Mohammad Irfan, Nabil Samad, Ebadat Hossain, Alok Kapali, Jaker Ali, Gulbadin Naib, Andre Fletcher, Mehedi Hasan Rana, Patrick Brown, and Nicholas Pooran.
The league will take place in five phases and three cities of Bangladesh - Phase 1 in Dhaka, Phase 2 in Sylhet, Phase 3 in Dhaka, Phase 4 in Chittagong, and Phase 5 in Dhaka. Besides, all the playoff matches will also take place in Phase 5.
Note: the First match of the day will be played at GMT 8:00 AM and the second match of the day will be played at GMT 1:00 PM. And, if there is the only game on a particular day, it will be played at GMT 1:00 PM.
Phase 1 (Dhaka) - (5 January - 13 January, 2019): Sher-e-Bangla Stadium
5 January 2019: Rangpur Riders vs Chittagong Vikings
5 January 2019: Dhaka Dynamites vs Rajshahi Kings
6 January 2019: Comilla Victorians vs Sylhet Sixers
6 January 2019: Khulna Titans vs Rangpur Riders.
8 January 2019: Dhaka Dynamites vs Khulna Titans
8 January 2019: Comilla Victorians vs Rangpur Riders
9 January 2019: Sylhet Sixers vs Chittagong Vikings.
9 January 2019: Khulna Titans vs Rajshahi Kings.
11 January 2019: Dhaka Dynamites vs Rangpur Riders
11 January 2019: Comilla Victorians vs Rajshahi Kings
12 January 2019: Chittagong Vikings vs Khulna Titans
12 January 2019: Dhaka Dynamites vs Sylhet Sixers
13 January 2019: Rangpur Riders vs Rajshahi Kings
13 January 2019: Chittagong Vikings vs Comilla Victorians
Phase 2 (Sylhet) - (15 January - 19 January, 2019): Sylhet International Cricket Stadium
15 January 2019: Khulna Titans vs Rajshahi Kings
15 January 2019: Sylhet Sixers vs Comilla Victorians
16 January 2019: Dhaka Dynamites vs Rajshahi Kings
16 January 2019: Sylhet Sixers vs Rangpur Riders
18 January 2019: Sylhet Sixers vs Dhaka Dynamites
18 January 2019: Khulna Titans vs Comilla Victorians
19 January 2019: Sylhet Sixers vs Rangpur Riders
19 January 2019: Chittagong Vikings vs Khulna Titans
Phase 3 (Dhaka) - (21 January - 23 January, 2019): Sher-e-Bangla Stadium
21 January 2019: Comilla Victorians vs Rajshahi Kings
21 January 2019: Dhaka Dynamites vs Chittagong Vikings
22 January 2019: Khulna Titans vs Rangpur Riders
22 January 2019: Dhaka Dynamites vs Comilla Victorians
23 January 2019: Chittagong Vikings vs Rajshahi Kings
23 January 2019: Khulna Titans vs Sylhet Sixers.
Phase 4 (Chittagong) (25 January - 30 January, 2019): Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium
25 January 2019: Sylhet Sixers vs Rajshahi Kings
25 January 2019: Chittagong Vikings vs Rangpur Riders.
26 January 2019: Sylhet Sixers vs Khulna Titans
26 January 2019: Chittagong Vikings vs Rajshahi Kings
28 January 2019: Khulna Titans vs Comilla Victorians
28 January 2019: Dhaka Dynamites vs Rangpur Riders
29 January 2019: Rangpur Riders vs Rajshahi Kings
29 January 2019: Chittagong Vikings vs Comilla Victorians.
30 January 2019: Chittagong Vikings vs Dhaka Dynamites
30 January 2019: Sylhet Sixers vs Rajshahi Kings
Phase 5 (Dhaka) (1 February - 8 February, 2019) – Sher-e-Bangla Stadium
1 February 2019: Dhaka Dynamites vs Comilla Victorians
1 February 2019: Chittagong Vikings vs Sylhet Sixers
2 February 2019: Comilla Victorians vs Rangpur Riders
2 February 2019: Dhaka Dynamites vs Khulna Titans
4 February 2019: Eliminator (Third-ranked team vs Fourth-ranked team in the point table)
4 February 2019: Qualifier 1 (First-ranked team vs Second-ranked team in the point table)
6 February 2019: Qualifier 2 (Loser of Qualifier 1 vs Winner of Eliminator)
8 February 2019: Final (Winner of Qualifier 1 vs Winner of Qualifier 2)
9 February 2019: Reserve Day (Final)
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