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Chattogram Challengers

The Chattogram Challengers (Chittagonian/Bengali: চট্টগ্রাম চ্যালেঞ্জার্স) are a franchise cricket team which participates in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). The franchise sponsored by Akhter Group was founded in 2019 and operates under Delta Sports Ltd. The Challengers started its journey with participating in the special edition Bangabandhu BPL 2019-20. K.M. Akhtaruzzaman is the Chairman and K.M. Rifatuzzaman is the Managing Director of Chattogram Challengers.

On 16 November 2019, Akhtar Group was named as the sponsor of the team and it was renamed to Chattogram Challengers.[1]


The Chattogram franchise joined the BPL as one of its original members in 2012, and appeared in the final in 2013 under the captaincy of Mahmudullah Riyad and coaching of Khaled Mahmud. The team changed its name from Chittagong Kings after a change of ownership in 2015. And Chittagong Vikings was founded 1 December 2015.[2] It was owned by DBL Sports Limited DBL Sports Limited, a concern of DBL Group.[3]

DBL Sports Limited terminated the ownership of the team in 29 July 2019.[4] They were later reinstated after Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) changed the format of the tournament and acquired ownership for all the teams for the 2019–20 season.[5]

Chittagong Vikings participated in the first two seasons as ‘Chittagong Kings’ and was owned by SQ sports. After SQ Sports was charged with fixing and delaying payments to players, it was banned from participating in cricketing activities so were all the other franchisees owners for corruption scandals.

Since 2015, DBL Group took charge of the ownership and change the name to Chittagong Vikings. All other franchises have gone through and ownership and name change, other than Rangpur Riders.

Season overview


In the inaugural season, Chittagong Kings had a strong squad with the likes of Mahmudullah Riyad, Dwayne Bravo, Kevon Cooper and Jason Roy. However, even with such a strong team on paper, they couldn't show their full potential on the field. They were disqualified controversially as Barisal Burners were the ones who went through to the knockout stage. The team management were very unhappy with the decision, as their disqualification was announced at 2 am at the day of the knockout match.


The team retained Mahmudullah and Jason Roy while they gained some reinforcements in the likes of David Miller and Ryan ten Doeschate. This time, they team performed really well, winning their first three games in a row and advancing to the playoffs. They reached the finals but couldn't lift the trophy as Dhaka Gladiators successfully defended their championship.


Chittagong Vikings emerged as the new representative team of the port city in the BPL, under a new name and ownership of DBL Group. They team selected Tamim Iqbal as their icon player and had some overseas players such as Mohammad Amir, who returned after a 5-year ban for fixing, Tillakaratne Dilshan, the Akmal brothers and South African spinner Robin Peterson.

In the field, the Vikings wasn't at their best while their pacer Amir was with the ball. They finished as the bottom of the table, hence being disqualified.


The Vikings retained Tamim as icon while they signed some big names such as Chris Gayle and Shoaib Malik

The team was pretty good throughout the tournament but not the best. They managed to get through to the playoffs but lost to the newcomer Rajshahi Kings in the eliminator.


The Vikings didn't boast the strongest squad on paper. They had Soumya Sarkar as their icon player and had signed Luke Ronchi, Sikandar Raza, Najibullah Zadran and more. The team was initially lead by Misbah-ul-Haq but Ronchi took over after he was dropped due to poor form.

On the field, Ronchi carried the team with the bat and Raza supported throughout the middle. Local players underperformed which cost them heavily. The finished at the bottom registering only three wins on their belt.


The team didn't want to participate in the BPL this time but they were requested by the BPL Governing Council. They team retained Ronchi, Raza and Sunzamul Islam

The team didn't had an A+ (icon) until minutes before the commencement of the draft. Mushfiqur Rahim was the only A+ player without a team. The highest price for an icon 60 lacs Taka ($75,000) while Mushfiqur demanded 1 Croce 20 lacs Taka ($150,000). The Vikings management offered a maximum price of maximum 80 lacs Taka ($100,000). After some negotiations with the Vikings team management, Mushfiqur and the BPL Governing Council, Mushfiq agreed to join the Vikings fleet as their A+ player.

In the draft, the Vikings were very active, signing the likes of Cameron Delport, Dasun Shanaka and Najibullah Zadran. Mosaddek Hossain, Abu Jayed and Khaled Ahmed were a part of their local signings. However, their signing of Mohammad Ashraful, returning to professional cricket after serving a 5-year ban for fixing, made headlines.

The Vikings started off strong early on but gradually slipped as the tournament progressed. The finished 4th in the points table and lost to Dhaka Dynamites in the Eliminator.


During the player's direct signing period, a Conflict of Interests aroused between BCB and all other franchise. Subsequently in September 2019, BCB made some changes in rules and regulations for this season and eliminating all franchises, BCB took over the charge of the current BPL and decided to run this current 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.[6] The team was owned and managed by BCB itself.[7]

Akhtar Group acquired sponsorship rights of Chittagong and named the team ‘Chattogram Challengers’. They signed the likes of Chris Gayle, Mahmudullah Riyad[8] this time they performed well in group stage,winning eight matches and four losses


YearBangladesh Premier League
2012League Stage
2015League Stage
2017League Stage

Kit manufacturers and sponsors

YearKit ManufacturersShirt Sponsor (Front)Shirt Sponsor (Back)Chest Branding
2015DBL Sports LimitedThe City BankSteeltech Industries LtdDBL Group
2016SclavosBBS Cables Ltd
2017Sohana SportsNahee SS Pipes Industries Ltd.Pioneer Insurance Company
2019PumaDBL CeramicsM&R CompaniesDBL Group
2019-20SailorAkhtar GroupAcme; Delta Furniture

Current squad

  • Players with international caps are listed in bold.
  •  *  denotes a player who is currently unavailable for selection.
  •  *  denotes a player who is unavailable for rest of the season
No.NameNatBirth dateBatting styleBowling styleSigned yearNotes
45Imrul KayesBangladesh (1987-02-02) 2 February 1987 (age 32)Left-handed2019
31Junaid SiddiqueBangladesh (1987-10-30) 30 October 1987 (age 32)Left-handedRight-arm off break2019
333Chris GayleJamaica (1979-09-21) 21 September 1979 (age 40)Left-handedRight-arm off break2019Overseas
28Avishka FernandoSri Lanka (1998-04-05) 5 April 1998 (age 21)Right-handedRight arm fast-medium2019Overseas
38Ryan BurlZimbabwe (1994-04-15) 15 April 1994 (age 25)Left-handedleg break2019Overseas
54Lendl SimmonsTrinidad and Tobago (1985-01-25) 25 January 1985 (age 35)Right-handedRight-arm medium-fast2019Overseas
70Pinak GhoshBangladesh (1999-01-20) 20 January 1999 (age 21)Right-handed2019
30MahmudullahBangladesh (1986-02-04) 4 February 1986 (age 33)Right-handedRight-arm off break2019Captain
69Nasir HossainBangladesh (1991-11-30) 30 November 1991 (age 28)Right-handedRight-arm off break2019
14Muktar AliBangladesh (1989-10-10) 10 October 1989 (age 30)Right-handedRight arm fast2019
41Ziaur RahmanBangladesh (1986-12-03) 3 December 1986 (age 33)Right-handedRight-arm medium2019
9Imad WasimPakistan (1988-12-18) 18 December 1988 (age 31)Left-handedSlow left-arm orthodox2019Overseas
14Asela GunaratneSri Lanka (1986-01-08) 8 January 1986 (age 34)Right-handedRight-arm medium2019Overseas
18Nurul HasanBangladesh (1993-11-21) 21 November 1993 (age 26)Right-handed2019
18Chadwick WaltonJamaica (1985-07-03) 3 July 1985 (age 34)Right-handed2019Overseas
34Rubel HossainBangladesh (1990-01-01) 1 January 1990 (age 30)Right-handedRight arm fast2019
45Enamul HaqueBangladesh (1986-12-06) 6 December 1986 (age 33)Right-handedSlow left-arm orthodox2019
12Jubair HossainBangladesh (1995-09-12) 12 September 1995 (age 24)Right-handedleg break2019
19Kesrick WilliamsSaint Vincent and the Grenadines (1990-01-17) 17 January 1990 (age 30)Left-handedRight-arm fast-medium2019Overseas
51Rayad EmritTrinidad and Tobago (1981-03-08) 8 March 1981 (age 38)Right-handedRight-arm medium-fast2019Overseas
24Muhammad MusaPakistan (2000-08-28) 28 August 2000 (age 19)Right-handedRight-arm medium-fast2019Overseas
17Liam PlunkettEngland (1985-04-06) 6 April 1985 (age 34)Right-handedRight-arm fast2019Overseas
92Nasum AhmedBangladesh (1994-12-05) 5 December 1994 (age 25)Left-handedSlow left-arm orthodox2019
67Mehedi Hasan RanaBangladesh (1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 (age 23)Left-handedLeft-arm fast2019

Administration and Support Staff

  • Head Coach - England Paul Nixon
  • Assistant Coach - Bangladesh Manjarul Islam
  • Bowling Coach - England Kabir Ali
  • Fielding Coach - England Usman Arif
  • Team Director - Bangladesh Jalal Yunus
  • Team Manager - Bangladesh Fahim Muntasir
  • Chairman - K.M. Akhtaruzzaman
  • Managing Director - K M Rifatuzzaman
  • Chief Operating Officer - Syed Yasir Alam
  • Team Sponsor - Akhtar Group


External links

28 September 2019