joins the Rangpur Riders for upcoming Bangladesh Premier League. Shakib Al Hasan
প্রকাশিত তারিখ : July 31, 2019 | আপডেট সময়: 7:13 PM
Ace Bangladesh all-rounder Sakib al Hasan on Wednesday was picked as the icon player of Rangpur Riders for the forthcoming seventh edition of Bangladesh Premier League, scheduled to start on December 6.
Sakib, who played for the Dhaka Dynamites franchise for last three years, led Rangpur for one season in the third edition of BPL in 2015-16 and then captained Dhaka for the next three seasons.
Sakib signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Rangpur on Wednesday and both the sides made the contract for the next one year.
Rangpur clinched its maiden BPL title during 2017-18 season under the leadership of Mashrafee bin Murtaza but they failed to qualify for the final in the next season earlier this year despite making it to the play-offs.
Rangpur’s chief executive officer Ishtiaq Sadek confirmed New Age that they were keen on keeping Mashrafee as one of their four retained players.
‘He [Mashrafee] is still in our plan. As Mashrafee already retired from Twenty20 internationals and is on the verge of retiring from the ODIs we think he won’t be an icon player for next season. We want to retain him in retain-ship quota,’ Sadek said on Wednesday.
Sadek also confirmed that they have signed West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo and Afghan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi as their two direct foreign signings before the tournament.
After the signing ceremony, Sakib expressed his joy for joining Rangpur, a side which is coached by Australian Tom Moody, with whom he worked in Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League.
Sakib, however, could not confirm if he will lead the side.
‘This is not my decision…The team will decide about it,’ he said.