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Dhaka Platoon

The Dhaka Platoon (Bengali: ঢাকা প্লাটুন) is a franchise cricket team that plays in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), representing the country's Dhaka Division. Following the 2015 competition, the Platoon are one of the BPL's seven existing members and are expected to participate in the league's 2019 edition. The team is headquartered at the Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium in Mirpur, and so is one of three teams playing in the city, alongside the Dhaka Division cricket team and Dhaka Metropolis cricket team which are active in first-class cricket.

The team was originally established in 2012 for the inaugural BPL season as the Dhaka Gladiators and they won both the 2012 and 2013 editions of the tournament. The Gladiators were one of the teams dissolved in 2013 after the second edition. The franchise was sold to BEXIMCO Group and rebranded as Dhaka Dynamites

For the 2015 edition of the BPL, the Platoon were coached by former South African cricketer Mickey Arthur, and captained by Kumar Sangakkara.[1] Bangladeshi player Nasir Hossain was selected as the "icon" player of the team.[2][3]

On 16 November 2019, Jamuna Bank was named as the sponsor of the team and it was renamed to Dhaka Platoon.[4]

History

Dhaka Dynamites was formed in 2009 as one of the participating teams in the National Cricket League Twenty20. The ownership of the team was acquired by Ahmed Shayan Fazlur Rahman's Beximco Group. The league was later replaced with Bangladesh Premier League, with the ownership of the franchise being awarded to Europa Group under the name of Dhaka Gladiators for US$5.05 million. After multiple corruption charges against the owners, the team was re-acquired by Beximco Group in 2015.

Season overview

Season one

In the first two seasons, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza captained the team and Ian Pont was the head coach. Dhaka Gladiators started off their campaign disappointingly by losing against an experienced Khulna Royal Bengals which was led by all rounder Shakib Al Hasan. However this was succeeded by three consecutive wins even without players like Shahid Afridi and Saeed Ajmal. During their third victory against Barisal Burners, they made the highest total of the tournament by scoring 208 runs for five wickets. They defended this score, even though Chris Gayle scored a century for the Barisal Burners. Later in the tournament, they failed to chase mediocre targets due to batting collapses. In the final, Dhaka Gladiators beat the Barisal Burners to be crowned champions of BPL 2012.

Season two

For the 2012/13 season, Dhaka Gladiators bought all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan who was the most expensive player and the captain in the tournament. They bought fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza, the emerging wicket keeper Anamul Haque and more. They also bought South African pace bowler Alfonso Thomas, and West Indians Kieron Pollard and Chris Gayle who were only available for one game. They bought English players Luke Wright, Owais Shah, Darren Stevens, bowler Chris Liddle and batsman Josh Cobb. This team of players were crowned 2013 champions, just as they had been in 2012. They played 14 games, won 11 and lost only 3. This time their strongest opponent was Sylhet Royals.[5]

Season three

Dhaka Dynamites was introduced in a new look in 2015. During the player draft, Kumar Sangakkara was selected as the captain while Nasir Hossain was picked as the "icon" player. A total of eighteen players was selected in the draft process. The notable players in and out of the draft they purchased were, Mustafizur Rahman, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Hafeez and Ryan ten Doeschate and Mohammad Irfan

They started off rather smoothly by defeating Comilla Victorians and Chittagong Vikings but lost their way through defeats against Rangpur Riders and Barisal Bulls. Luckily, they finished at 4th place out of 6 teams but lost against the Bulls in the eliminator

Season four

After having an average season at BPL 3, the Dynamites started the fourth season with a strong team including the likes of Shakib Al Hasan, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Kumar Sangakkara, Mosaddek Hossain, Evin Lewis, Mahela Jayawardene, Wayne Parnell and Ravi Bopara. They started their campaign with winning against Barisal Bulls. On their way, they were only defeated by the Rajshahi Kings and Khulna Titans. They defeated the Titans in the first qualifier and the Kings in the final, being crowned champions for the third time

Dwayne Bravo became the highest wicket taker of the tournament. While Kumar Sangakkara scored most runs for them.

Season five

The team has signed many new foreign players among whom Shahid Afridi, Shane Watson, Mohammad Amir and Sunil Narine are worth mentioning. They retained Md. Shahid, Mosaddek Hossain and Mehedi Maruf from the local category while they retained Kumar Sangakkara, Evin Lewis and Ronsford Beaton from the overseas department. They also extended the contract of ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan as their icon player.[6]

They got the second pick in the local and overseas pick in the draft, choosing pacer Abu Hider and English batsman Joe Denly respectively. Their surprise picks were pacers Khaled Ahmed, Mohammad Saddam, batsman Shadman Islam and little-known West Indian orthodox spinner Akeal Hosein.

Dhaka Dynamites had a shaky start with a surprise defeat to Sylhet Sixers. However the team soon bounced back and finished 2nd in the league stage. They crushed Comilla Victorians in Qualifier-1, hence advancing to the final. They didn't manage the defend the title as they suffered a heave defeat to Rangpur Riders in the final who were eventually crowned the champions, securing their maiden trophy.

Season six

All the franchises were given until 30 September 2018 to submit their 4 retained cricketers. Dhaka Dynamites retained Shakib Al Hasan, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine and Rovman Powell. All Franchises were also allowed to buy 2 foreign players pre-draft but they can't be the ones who played for the team last season. Dhaka Dynamites bought Afghan hard-hitter Hazratullah Zazai and Caribbean all-rounder Andre Russell.

In the draft, Dhaka's first pick was local fast bowler Rubel Hossain. They signed South African bowler Andrew Birch and English batsman Ian Bell as their overseas players in draft. They ended up signing 10 local players in the draft.

In the tournament Dhaka had a flying start winning five matches out of their first six matches. But they suddenly lost their momentum and suffered five consecutive defeats and eventually pipped Rajshahi Kings out of top four by winning their last group match and qualified for Eliminator. In the Eliminator they defeated Chittagong Vikings and defeated Rangpur Riders in the Qualifier 2 to seal their place in the Final. In the final Comilla Victorians set a target of 200 for Dhaka, but they fell short by 17 runs in their chase and Comilla won the tournament for the second time.

Shakib Al Hasan was the highest wicket taker of the season and won the Player of the Tournament for his all-round performances.

Season seven

The franchise had signed English ODI captain Eoin Morgan who is the winning captain of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and South African explosive batsman David Miller as their two direct signings.[7][8] Shakib Al Hasan, the captain of the franchise for last 3 season, left the team and joined Rangpur Riders.[9]

However, all franchises were cancelled according to the new BPL rules. This year will be a special edition and the Dhaka team will be sponsored by Jamuna Bank. They will be known as ‘Dhaka Platoon’ and they have signed the likes of Shahid Afridi, Thisara Perera, Tamim Iqbal and Mashrafe Mortaza

Records

YearBangladesh Premier League
2012Champions
2013Champions
2015Playoffs
2016Champions
2017Runners-up
2019Runners-up

Kit manufacturers and sponsors

YearKit ManufacturersShirt Sponsor (Chest)Shirt Sponsor (Back)Chest Branding
2015YellowNational Bank LimitedS.S. Steel LimitedConfidence Group
2016Beximco Petroleum Ltd.National Bank Limited
2017National Bank LimitedConfidence GroupLifebuoy
2019BeximcoNational Bank Limited

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
28Tamim IqbalBangladesh (1989-03-20) 20 March 1989 (age 30)Left-handed2019
68Mominul HaqueBangladesh (1991-09-29) 29 September 1991 (age 28)Left-handedSlow left-arm orthodox2019
29Raqibul HasanBangladesh (1987-10-08) 8 October 1987 (age 32)Right-handedRight arm leg break2019
45Asif AliPakistan (1991-10-01) 1 October 1991 (age 28)Right-handedRight-arm off break2019Overseas
32Laurie EvansEngland (1987-10-12) 12 October 1987 (age 32)Right-handedRight-arm medium-fast2019Overseas
All-rounders
55Mahedi HasanBangladesh (1994-12-12) 12 December 1994 (age 24)Right-handedRight-arm off break2019
51Shuvagata HomBangladesh (1986-11-11) 11 November 1986 (age 33)Right-handedRight-arm off break2018
71Ariful HaqueBangladesh (1992-11-18) 18 November 1992 (age 27)Right-handedRight-arm medium-fast2019
1Thisara PereraSri Lanka (1989-04-03) 3 April 1989 (age 30)Left-handedRight-arm medium2019Overseas
10Shahid AfridiPakistan (1980-02-01) 1 February 1980 (age 39)Right-handedRight-arm leg break2019Overseas
Luis ReeceEngland (1990-08-04) 4 August 1990 (age 29)Left-handedLeft arm medium2019Overseas
Wicket-keepers
66Anamul HaqueBangladesh (1990-12-16) 16 December 1990 (age 28)Right-handed2019
44Jaker AliBangladesh (1998-02-22) 22 February 1998 (age 21)Right-handed2019
Bowlers
2Mashrafe MortazaBangladesh (1983-10-05) 5 October 1983 (age 36)Right-handedRight-arm medium-fast2019Captain
47Wahab RiazPakistan (1985-06-28) 28 June 1985 (age 34)Right-handedLeft-arm fast2019Overseas
Hasan MahmudBangladesh (1999-10-12) 12 October 1999 (age 20)Right-handedRight arm medium2019


Administration and support staff

References

  1. ^ "Icon cricketers find home". bdcricteam.com. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Dhaka Dynamites have strong Bowling lineup". onews24. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Rangpur get Shakib for 3rd BPL". Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  4. ^ "7 teams announced for Bangabandhu BPL". daily Bangladesh. 16 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Logo of Dhaka Dynamites unveiled". bdcricteam. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  6. ^ http://www.facebook.com/DhakaDynamitesOfficial
  7. ^ "Eoin Morgan to play for Dhaka Dynamites in BPL 2019". Cricbuzz. 21 July 2019.
  8. ^ "Dynamites sign David Miller for BPL 2019". The Independent BD. 21 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Rangpur Riders sign Shakib for upcoming season". Cricbuzz. 31 July 2019.

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