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Chattogram Challengers

The Chattogram Challengers (Chittagonian/Bengali: চট্টগ্রাম চ্যালেঞ্জার্স) are a franchise cricket team which participated in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). They 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.[1] It was owned by DBL Sports Limited DBL Sports Limited, a concern of DBL Group.[2]

DBL Sports Limited terminated the ownership of the team in 29 July 2019.[3] 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.[4]

On 6 November 2019, Akhtar Group was named as the sponsor of the team and it was renamed to Chattogram Challengers[5]

History

Former logo of Chittagong Vikings

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

2011/12

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.

2012/13

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.

2015/16

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.

2016/17

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.

2017/18

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.

2018/19

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.

Records

YearBangladesh Premier League
2012League Stage
2013Runners-up
2015League Stage
2016Playoffs
2017League Stage
2019Playoffs
2019-2020TBD

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 CreamicsM & R CompaniesDBL Group

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
Batsmen
98Mohammad AshrafulBangladesh (1984-07-07) 7 July 1984 (age 35)Right-handedRight-arm off break2018
1Najibullah ZadranAfghanistan (1993-02-18) 18 February 1993 (age 26)Left-handedRight-arm off break2017Overseas
24Sikandar RazaZimbabwe (1986-04-24) 24 April 1986 (age 33)Right-handedRight-arm off break2017Overseas
99Shadman IslamBangladesh (1995-05-12) 12 May 1995 (age 24)Left-handedSlow left-arm orthodox2018
12Cameron DelportSouth Africa (1989-05-12) 12 May 1989 (age 30)Left-handedRight-arm medium2018Overseas
Yasir AliBangladesh (1996-03-06) 6 March 1996 (age 23)Right-handedRight-arm off break2018
All-rounders
84Robert FrylinckSouth Africa (1984-09-27) 27 September 1984 (age 35)Right-handedRight-arm medium2018Overseas
32Mosaddek Hossain SaikatBangladesh (1995-12-10) 10 December 1995 (age 23)Right-handedRight-arm off break2018
8Dasun ShanakaSri Lanka (1991-09-09) 9 September 1991 (age 28)Right-handedRight-arm medium2018Overseas
25Nazmul Hossain MilonBangladesh (1987-09-11) 11 September 1987 (age 32)Right-handedRight-arm medium2016
Wicket-keepers
54Luke RonchiNew Zealand (1981-04-23) 23 April 1981 (age 38)Right-handed2017Overseas
78Mohammad ShahzadAfghanistan (1988-01-31) 31 January 1988 (age 31)Right-handed2018Overseas
Bowlers
6Sunzamul IslamBangladesh (1990-01-17) 17 January 1990 (age 29)Left-handedSlow left-arm orthodox2017
14Abu JayedBangladesh (1993-08-02) 2 August 1993 (age 26)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium2018
96Khaled AhmedBangladesh (1992-09-20) 20 September 1992 (age 27)Right-handedRight-arm medium2018
33Nayeem HasanBangladesh (2000-12-02) 2 December 2000 (age 18)Right-handedRight-arm off break2018
7Hardus ViljoenSouth Africa (1989-03-06) 6 March 1989 (age 30)Right-handedRight-arm fast2018Overseas
Robiul HaqueBangladesh (1999-10-28) 28 October 1999 (age 20)Right-handedRight-arm medium-fast2018
NihaduzzamanBangladesh (1998-11-28) 28 November 1998 (age 20)Right-handedSlow left-arm orthodox2018
Yeasin ArafatBangladesh (1998-10-07) 7 October 1998 (age 21)Right-handedRight-arm medium2017


Administration and support staff

  • Chairman- Bangladesh Abdul Wahed
  • Vice Chairman- Bangladesh Md. Abdur Rahim
  • Head Coach- Australia Simon Helmot
  • Assistant Coach- Bangladesh Nurul Abedin
  • Managing Director-Bangladesh Md. Abdul Jabbar
  • Deputy Managing Director- Bangladesh Md. Abdul Quader
  • Team Manager-Bangladesh Hasanuzzaman Jhoru
  • Team Advisor-Bangladesh Minhajul Abedin

References

  1. ^ "Launching Ceremony of BPL franchise Chittagong Vikings". DBL Group (Press release). Archived from the original on 8 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Chittagong Vikings Official Facebook Page".
  3. ^ "No Chittagong Vikings in upcoming BPL". The Daily Star. 29 July 2019. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  4. ^ "BCB set to arrange BPL without the franchises this year". The Daily Star. 11 September 2019.
  5. ^ "BPL: Akhtar Group earns sponsorship rights of Chittagong". United News of Bangladesh. 6 September 2019.

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