Bangladesh Premier League 2019: Full schedule, team squads and tournament predictions

The BPL will now start from January 5, 2019, due to the general elections in Bangladesh, with the first match being played between defending champions Rangpur Riders and Chittagong Vikings.

Seven teams – Comilla Victorians, Dhaka Dynamites, Khulna Titans, Rangpur Riders, Sylhet Sixers, Rajshahi Kings and Chittagong Vikings – will take part in the tournament which will comprise 42 games in the league stage with each side playing 12 of them. The top four will then qualify to the playoffs from where the top two sides will make it to the final.

Almost every day will see doubleheaders being played between the franchises. All the matches will be held at one of the three venues – Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet.

Three players will hog the most limelight in the sixth edition of the BPL. The first and foremost is the comeback man Mohammad Ashraful who will return after serving a five-year suspension by the Bangladesh Cricket Board on the grounds of match fixing. The former Bangladesh skipper will play for Chittagong Vikings.

The other two top-drawer signings are the suspended Australian batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner. Warner has been named the captain of the Sylhet Sixers. After much deliberation, the BCB has allowed Smith to be a part of Comilla Victorians by amending the players’ draft rules.

Two other major changes will be seen in this season’s BPL. First is the introduction of DRS. Each team will get a review per inning. Secondly, one foreign umpire in every match has also been made mandatory.

Here are our predictions for the tournament:

Highest run-scorer: Steve Smith (Comilla Victorians) looks determined to turn things around for himself. In the few video clips released by the Cricket Australia that showed Smith and Warner in the nets had Smith middling each and every delivery. He has also done well in the leagues and local matches that he has played in Australia and seems to have retained his golden touch.

Highest wicket-taker:  Shakib Al Hasan (Dhaka Dynamites) has been on a roll ever since he has made a return after injury. In the recently-concluded series against Windies, Shakib single-handedly won Bangladesh a couple of matches and starred with both bat and ball.

Runners-up: Comilla Victorians won the BLP 2015 title and with the likes of Steve Smith, Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, and Shoaib Malik in the ranks they would be firm contenders this season as well.

Champions: Dhaka Dynamites who started out as Dhaka Gladiators won both the 2012 and 2013 editions of the tournament. The Gladiators were then dissolved in 2013 and rebranded as Dhaka Dynamites. They have Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, and Andre Russell which makes them the frontrunners.

Team squads of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2019:

Rangpur Riders Squad: 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, Oshane Thomas

Dhaka Dynamites Squad: 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, Naim Sheikh

Comilla Victorians Squad: Steve Smith, 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, Aamer Yamin

Chittagong Vikings Squad: 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, Shadman Islam

Khulna Titans Squad: 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, Paul Stirling

Rajshahi Kings Squad: 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, Mohammad Hafeez

Sylhet Sixers Squad: 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, Nicholas Pooran

Here’s the complete schedule:


BPL T20 2018-19 Schedule

First phase (5-13 January), Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka
05.01.2019Rangpur Riders vs Chittagong Vikings
05.01.2019Dhaka Dynamites vs Rajshahi Kings
06.01.2019Comilla Victorians vs Sylhet Sixers
06.01.2019Khulna Titans vs Rangpur Riders.
08.01.2019Dhaka Dynamites vs Khulna Titans
08.01.2019Comilla Victorians vs Rangpur Riders
09.01.2019Sylhet Sixers vs Chittagong Vikings.
09.01.2019Khulna Titans vs Rajshahi Kings.
11.01.2019Dhaka Dynamites vs Rangpur Riders
11.01.2019Comilla Victorians vs Rajshahi Kings
12.01.2019Chittagong Vikings vs Khulna Titans
12.01.2019Dhaka Dynamites vs Sylhet Sixers
13.01.2019Rangpur Riders vs Rajshahi Kings
13.01.2019Chittagong Vikings vs Comilla Victorians
15.01.2019Khulna Titans vs Rajshahi Kings
Second phase (15-19 January), Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Sylhet
15.01.2019Sylhet Sixers vs Comilla Victorians
16.01.2019Dhaka Dynamites vs Rajshahi Kings
16.01.2019Sylhet Sixers vs Rangpur Riders
18.01.2019Sylhet Sixers vs Dhaka Dynamites
18.01.2019Khulna Titans vs Comilla Victorians
19.01.2019Sylhet Sixers vs Rangpur Riders
19.01.2019Chittagong Vikings vs Khulna Titans
Third phase (21-23 January), Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka
21.01.2019Comilla Victorians vs Rajshahi Kings
21.01.2019Dhaka Dynamites vs Chittagong Vikings
22.01.2019Khulna Titans vs Rangpur Riders
22.01.2019Dhaka Dynamites vs Comilla Victorians
23.01.2019Chittagong Vikings vs Rajshahi Kings
23.01.2019Khulna Titans vs Sylhet Sixers.
25.01.2019Sylhet Sixers vs Rajshahi Kings
Fourth phase (25-30 January), Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
25.01.2019Chittagong Vikings vs Rangpur Riders.
26.01.2019Sylhet Sixers vs Khulna Titans
26.01.2019Chittagong Vikings vs Rajshahi Kings
28.01.2019Khulna Titans vs Comilla Victorians
28.01.2019Dhaka Dynamites vs Rangpur Riders
29.01.2019Rangpur Riders vs Rajshahi Kings
29.01.2019Chittagong Vikings vs Comilla Victorians.
30.01.2019Chittagong Vikings vs Dhaka Dynamites
30.01.2019Sylhet Sixers vs Rajshahi Kings
Last phase (1-8 February), Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka
01.02.2019Dhaka Dynamites vs Comilla Victorians
01.02.2019Chittagong Vikings vs Sylhet Sixers
02.02.2019Comilla Victorians vs Rangpur Riders
02.02.2019Dhaka Dynamites vs Khulna Titans
04.02.2019Eliminator (Third team vs Fourth team in the point table)
04.02.2019Qualifier 1 (First team vs Second team in the point table)
06.02.2019Qualifier 2 (losing team of Qualifier 1 vs winning team of Eliminator)
08.02.2019Final (Winning teams of Qualifier 1 vs Qualifier 2)
09.02.2019Reserve Day (Final)