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Bangladesh Premier League

The Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ প্রিমিয়ার লীগ) is a professional cricket league consisting of seven franchises. The BPL is one of the three professional cricket leagues in Bangladesh. It is the 16th most attended premier league in the world. In November each team face each other twice in the league stage. Following the conclusion of the regular season, top four teams advance to the playoffs, a single-elimination game and two qualifier games culminating in the Championship game, between the winner of Qualifier 1 and Qualifier 2.

The Bangladesh Premier League was formed in 2011 by the Bangladesh Cricket Board, after the suspension of its predecessor organisation, 2009/10 National Cricket League Twenty20. The first season was held during February 2012, and the games were held across Dhaka and Chittagong. The BPL is headed by the chairman of its Governing Council.

The team with the most BPL titles are Dhaka Dynamites with three titles, including two consecutive titles during the first two seasons of the tournament as Dhaka Gladiators. Comilla Victorians, Rangpur Riders and Rajshahi Royals are the only other teams to be crowned champions. The current champions are Rajshahi Royals, who defeated Khulna Tigers in BPL Season 7.

The 2020 version of BPL will be held without franchise involvement and Bangladesh Cricket Board will arrange the tournament. The decision came after the meeting between BCB and franchises owners whereas BCB failed to meet the demand placed by different team owners.[1]


Following the success of franchise Twenty20 cricket leagues such as the Indian Premier League around the world, the Bangladesh Cricket Board announced a plan to replace the National Cricket League with a franchise based league. On 18 January 2012 the board entered a 6-year, 350-crore deal with Game on Sports Group to establish a franchise tournament. The deal gave the group exclusive management rights to the tournament. The league was founded with six franchises from the largest cities of Bangladesh. During the franchise auction 13 companies took part in the bidding process, with six winning the rights of each clubs.

The first edition of the league officially kicked off on 9 February 2012, excluding a lavish opening ceremony at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. The initial player auction was held on 18 and 19 January 2012 and the first match in the tournament staged on 9 February 2012 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium between Sylhet Royals and Barisal Burners. The first final game was between Dhaka Gladiators and Barisal Burners, with Dhaka Gladiators emerging as champions after winning by eight wickets. All matches in the first edition of the league were held at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium and Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in the country's second-largest city Chittagong.

Rangpur Riders were added as a seventh team for the second season. Dhaka Gladiators again emerged as champions beating Chittagong Kings in the final by 43 runs. Once again Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka hosted the final and most of the matches while the MA Aziz Stadium replaced the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong due to higher capacity and Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna (third-largest city) was added as the third venue.

Following accusations of match fixing during the 2012–13 season, the owners of all six original franchises were suspended in 2013 due to constant violations of the league regulations and constant delays in players’ salary handover. The owners of Dhaka Gladiators were handed a lifetime suspension by the governing committee.[2] A number of players and administrators were handed bans for match fixing, including the former captain of Bangladesh, Mohammad Ashraful.

Following the match fixing scandal, the league was not played in the year 2014. It returned in the 2015 with six new franchises and in was held in the winter season unlike Spring previously. Comilla Victorians won the competition, beating Barisal Bulls by three wickets. In advance of the 2016–17 edition of the league one franchise, the Sylhet Super Stars, was suspended following breaches of disciplinary regulations[3] and two new franchises, Khulna Titans and Rajshahi Kings, were introduced, bringing the number of teams in the competition back to seven.

In the 2016 edition, Dhaka Dynamites won the tournament for the third time by defeating Rajshahi Kings in the final.

In the 2017–18 edition of the league, the Sylhet franchise returned as the Sylhet Sixers with new ownership and management. As a result, the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium was also listed as a third venue. Barisal Bulls franchise was suspended due to financial mishaps.

2019-20 special edition

In September 2019, BCB President Nazmul Hasan Papon informed the media about certain changes in rules and regulations for the 2019–20 season and eliminating all franchises, BCB took over the charge and decided to run this tournament by the board itself and named the tournament as Bangabandhu BPL T20 2019 in order to pay homage to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on his birth centenary.[4][5]

Rajshahi Royals defeated Khulna Tigers by 21 runs in the final match. Royals skipped Andre Russell was elected as both Man of the match for final and Player of the Tournament for his all-round performances and leading his side for their maiden BPL title.[6][7]

League organisation

At a corporate level, the Bangladesh Premier League considers itself an association made up of and financed by its member teams. All income generated through television rights, licensing agreements, sponsorship, ticket sales and other means is earned and shared between the Bangladesh Cricket Board and the participating franchises. The league is controlled by a Governing Council (GC). As the parent organisation, the Bangladesh Cricket Board appoints the GC's members.

As of the 2018–19 season, the league consists of seven franchises. Each team players every other team twice in the round-robin stage of the competition with the teams with the top 4 advancing to a series of play-off matches. These lead to a championship match in which the league champion is decided.

Barisal and Mymensingh are the only divisions in the country to not have any representative franchise in the league.

TeamCityHome venueOwnerDebutCurrent CaptainCurrent Coach
Chattogram ChallengersChittagongZohur Ahmed Chowdhury StadiumNone[a]2012MahmudullahPaul Nixon
Cumilla WarriorsComillaNoneNafisa Kamal, Mustafa Kamal, Legends Sporting Limited[a]2015Soumya SarkarOttis Gibson
Dhaka PlatoonDhakaSher-e-Bangla National Cricket StadiumSalman F Rahman, Shayan F Rahman, BEXIMCO[a]2012Mashrafe MortazaMohammad Salahuddin
Khulna TigersKhulnaNoneGemcon Group[a]2012Mushfiqur RahimJames Foster
Rajshahi Royals RajshahiNoneMango Entertainment[a]2012Andre RussellOwais Shah
Rangpur RangersRangpurNoneAhmed Akbar Sobhan, Safwan Sobhan, Bashundhara Group[a]2013Shane WatsonMark O'Donnell
Sylhet ThunderSylhetSylhet International Cricket StadiumAbul Maal Abdul Muhith, Shahed Muhith, Sylhet Sports Limited[a]2012Andre FletcherHerschelle Gibbs
Defunct team
Barisal BullsBarisalNoneNone2012–2017N/AN/A

Draft system

The BPL operates a draft system to assign players to teams. New players can be chosen by franchises during an annual draft. Teams can also choose to retain players from one yer to the next and players can also be signed outside of the draft and traded between organisations. Since 2015, Imago Sports Management has been conducting the players draft event also is the official players management partner of Bangladesh Cricket Board for Bangladesh Premier League[8][9]

Tournament results


SeasonFinal venueFinalTeamsMan of the Tournament
Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, MirpurDhaka Gladiators
144/2 (15.4 overs)
Dhaka Gladiators won by 8 wickets
Barisal Burners
140/7 (20 overs)
6Shakib Al Hasan
(Khulna Royal Bengals)
Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, MirpurDhaka Gladiators
172–9 (20 overs)
Dhaka Gladiators won by 43 runs
Chittagong Kings
129 (16.5 overs)
7Shakib Al Hasan
(Dhaka Gladiators)
Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, MirpurComilla Victorians
157/7 (20 overs)
Comilla Victorians won by 3 wickets
Barisal Bulls
156/4 (20 overs)
6Ashar Zaidi
(Comilla Victorians)
Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, MirpurDhaka Dynamites
159/9 (20 overs)
Dhaka Dynamites won by 56 runs
Rajshahi Kings
103 (17.4 overs)
(Khulna Titans)
Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, MirpurRangpur Riders
206/1 (20 overs)
Rangpur Riders won by 57 runs ScorecardDhaka Dynamites
149/9 (20 overs)
7Chris Gayle
(Rangpur Riders)
Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, MirpurComilla Victorians
199/3 (20 overs)
Comilla Victorians won by 17 runs
Dhaka Dynamites
182/9 (20 overs)
7Shakib Al Hasan
(Dhaka Dynamites)
Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, MirpurRajshahi Royals
170/4 (20 overs)
Rajshahi Royals won by 21 runs
Khulna Tigers
149/8 (20 overs)
7Andre Russell (Rajshahi Royals)

Overall team performances

Records include all matches played under the name of a franchise, even where the franchise has been suspended and re-created as a new organisation.

Overall team performances[11]
Chattogram Challengers863946010046.51%
Cumilla Warriors643726010059.38%
Dhaka Platoon925537000059.78%
Khulna Tigers753440001046.67%
Rajshahi Royals784038000051.28%
Rangpur Rangers774037000051.94%
Sylhet Thunder692445000034.78%
Barisal Bulls492425001048.98%
Last Updated: 18 January 2020

Overall team standings

Season wise team standings[10]
Chattogram Challengers5thR6th4th7th4th3rd
Cumilla WarriorsDNPC6th3rdC5th
Dhaka PlatoonC4thCR4th
Khulna Tigers4th7thDNP3rd4th7thR
Rajshahi Royals3rd4thR6th5thC
Rangpur RangersDNP5th3rd5thC3rd6th
Sylhet Thunder6th3rd5thDNP5th6th7th
Barisal BullsR5thR7thDNP

Team performances[11][10]

TeamsSpanChampion(s)Runner–up(s)AppearancesPlayoffsLeague Stage
Dhaka Platoon2012 – present3 (2012, 2013, 2016)2 (2017, 2019)72 (2015, 2019–20)0
Cumilla Warriors2015 – present2 (2015, 2019)051 (2017)2 (2016, 2019–20)
Rajshahi Royals2012 – present1 (2019–20)1 (2016)62 (2012, 2013)2 (2017, 2019)
Rangpur Rangers2013 – present1 (2017)062 (2015, 2019)3 (2013, 2016, 2019–2020)
Barisal Bulls2012 – 201602 (2012, 2015)402 (2013, 2016)
Chattogram Challengers2012 – present01 (2013)73 (2016, 2019, 2019–20)3 (2012, 2015, 2017)
Khulna Tigers2012 – present01 (2019–20)63 (2012, 2016, 2017)2 (2013, 2019)
Sylhet Thunder2012 – present0061 (2013)5 (2012, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2019–2020)


For the first season of the tournament, Bangladeshi conglomerate Destiny Group was the main sponsor of the tournament, negotiating a one-year sponsorship package for 75 million taka (US$1.0 million). Prime Bank Limited was awarded with the sponsorship deal for the second season for 100 million taka (US$1.5 million). BRB Cables Limited held the sponsorship rights for third season in 2015 with 150 million taka (US$2.0 million). Abul Khair Steel (AKS), a sister concern group of Abul Khair Industries Limited became the title sponsor of the fourth and fifth edition.

SeasonSponsorship RightsGross Revenues Earned[12]Broadcasting Rights
2012Destiny Group
7.5 crore (US$890,000)
354.7 crore (US$42 million)Channel Nine
632 crore (US$75 million)
four-year broadcasting rights (2012–16)[13]
2013Prime Bank Limited
10 crore (US$1.2 million)
302 crore (US$36 million)
2015–16BRB Cables Industries Limited
15 crore (US$1.8 million)
266.5 crore (US$32 million)
2016–17Abul Khair Steel (AKS) and Shah Cement
22 crore (US$2.6 million)
433 crore (US$51 million) (2016–17)
UnpublishedGTV and Maasranga
640 crore (US$76 million)
three-year broadcasting rights (2017–2019)[14]
2019–presentUnited Commercial Bank (UCB) and TVS Motor
Akash DTH and TVS ApacheTBD


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See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g The ownerships of all teams were temporarily held by the Bangladesh Cricket Board during the 2019–20 season


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  14. ^ সংবাদদাতা, নিজস্ব. "বিপিএল-এর সম্প্রচার স্বত্ব ৮১ কোটিতে বিক্রি". Retrieved 12 January 2017.
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