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Sylhet Thunder

Sylhet Thunder (Bengali: সিলেট থান্ডার, Sylheti: ꠍꠤꠟꠦ꠆ꠑ ꠍꠤꠇꠍꠣꠞꠡ) is a professional cricket franchise team based in Sylhet, Bangladesh. The team competes in the Bangladesh Premier League. The franchise made their debut at the 2017 Bangladesh Premier League.

The Sixers play their home games at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium. The team is owned by Sylhet Sports Limited in care of Bangladesh's former Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith. His son, Shahed Muhith is the Chairman of team. The Sixers announced Waqar Younis as head coach and International Cricketer, David Warner as captain for the 6th edition of Bangladesh Premier League. Former Bangladesh National Cricket Team all-rounder Alok Kapali took over as captain after Warner's departure, due to injury.

On 16 November 2019, 24Bazar.biz was named as the sponsor of the team and it was renamed to Sylhet Thunder.[1]

History

Former logo of Sylhet Sixers

Sylhet Sixers is a new Franchisee, created in 2017, competing in Bangladesh Premier League, chaired by architect, social activist and IT Specialist Shahed Muhit. The team's management has extensive experience in sports team management. The management intends to use the team to bridge the gap between the cricket stars and passionate fans and engage the youth to divert their focus to wholesome sporting activities. Sylhet Sixers is the brainchild of a Bangladesh MP, Abul Maal Abdul Muhit. A management team composed of former cricketers, coaches, lawyers, business entrepreneurs formed to start the Sylhet Sixers. Mr. Maashed R. Abdullah and Mr. Yasir Obaid both textile entrepreneurs had joined the Sixers as Managing Director and CEO respectively.

Season overview

2017/18

The Sylhet Franchise returned to BPL under the Sylhet Sixers banner. The team's icon player was Sabbir Rahman and was captained by all-rounder Nasir Hossain. They lured wicket-keeper Nurul Hasan and orthodox spinner and Taijul Islam as pre-draft signings. Their foreign player signings included Krishmar Santokie, Babar Azam, Liam Plunkett, Andre Fletcher, Upul Tharanga, Ross Whitely and more.

At the draft, pacer Abul Hasan was their first pick. Their first foreign pick was Lankan all-rounder Chaturanga de Silva. Their surprise picks were little-known, inexperienced Pakistani pacer Ghulam Mudassar, averaging more than 40 with the ball and picking up a solitary wicket in the 2 matches.

The team started their campaign with 4 wins in a row on their home turf. Andre Fletcher and Upul Tharanga turned out to be destructive at the top. Skipper Nasir Hossain bowled well so did Liam Plunkett. The Sixers suffered a series of injuries as the tournament went on. In the end, the Sixers finished 5th on the points table.

2018/19

The Sixers decided to retain Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain and Pakistani all-rounder Sohail Tanvir. They signed Bangladesh National Cricket Team opener and wicket-keeper Liton Das as their icon player. Outside the draft, they signed Australian batsman David Warner. They also signed English opening batsman Jason Roy, Nepali leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane, South African Imran Tahir, Wayne Parnell and Pakistani all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz.

At the draft, Sylhet signed the likes of Taskin Ahmed, Al-Amin Hossain, Afif Hossain and Alok Kapali from the domestic category. Their international signings from the draft included Mohammad Irfan, Andre Fletcher, Gulbadin Naib to name a few.

2019-20

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.[2] The team is owned and managed by BCB itself.[3]

Records

YearBangladesh Premier LeagueTeam Name
2012League StageSylhet Royals
2013PlayoffsSylhet Royals
2015League stageSylhet Super Stars
2016Suspended
2017League stage Sylhet Sixers
2019League stage Sylhet Sixers

Kit manufacturers and sponsors

YearKit ManufacturersShirt Sponsor (Chest)Shirt Sponsor (Back)Chest Branding
2017Eastern Housing LimitedBengal GroupWalton Group
2019
2020United International UniversityRupayan Group; Saif Powertec

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
31Rony TalukdarBangladesh (1990-10-10) 10 October 1990 (age 29)Right-handedRight-arm slow-medium2019
36Abdul MazidBangladesh (1991-01-01) 1 January 1991 (age 29)Right-handedRight-arm off break2019
37Rubel MiaBangladesh (1992-08-05) 5 August 1992 (age 27)Right-handedRight-arm medium2019
All-rounders
32Mosaddek HossainBangladesh (1995-12-10) 10 December 1995 (age 24)Right-handedRight-arm off break2019Captain
42Sohag GaziBangladesh (1991-08-05) 5 August 1991 (age 28)Right-handedRight-arm off break2019
50Sherfane RutherfordGuyana (1998-08-15) 15 August 1998 (age 21)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium2019Overseas
88Jeevan MendisSri Lanka (1983-01-15) 15 January 1983 (age 37)Left-handedLeg-break2019Overseas
25Nazmul Hossain MilonBangladesh (1987-09-11) 11 September 1987 (age 32)Right-handedRight-arm medium2019
Wicket-keepers
8Mohammad MithunBangladesh (1990-02-13) 13 February 1990 (age 29)Right-handed2019
25Johnson CharlesSaint Lucia (1989-01-14) 14 January 1989 (age 31)Right-handedRight-arm medium-fast2019Overseas
25ShafiqullahAfghanistan (1989-08-07) 7 August 1989 (age 30)Right-handed2019Overseas
77Andre FletcherGrenada (1987-11-27) 27 November 1987 (age 32)Right-handedRight-arm medium-fast2019Overseas
Bowlers
21Nazmul IslamBangladesh (1991-03-21) 21 March 1991 (age 28)Left-handedSlow left-arm orthodox2019
33Nayeem HasanBangladesh (2000-12-02) 2 December 2000 (age 19)Right-handedRight-arm off break2019
58Ebadot HossainBangladesh (1994-01-07) 7 January 1994 (age 26)Right-handedRight-arm medium2018
88Naveen-ul-HaqAfghanistan (1999-09-23) 23 September 1999 (age 20)Right-handedRight-arm medium-fast2019Overseas
19Sheldon CottrellJamaica (1989-08-19) 19 August 1989 (age 30)Right-handedLeft-arm fast-medium2019Overseas
7Mohammad SamiPakistan (1981-02-24) 24 February 1981 (age 38)Right-handedRight-arm fast2019Overseas
45Krishmar SantokieJamaica (1984-12-20) 20 December 1984 (age 35)Left-handedLeft-arm fast-medium2019Overseas
96Delwar HossainBangladesh (1985-01-01) 1 January 1985 (age 35)Right-handedRight-arm medium2019
35Monir HossainBangladesh (1985-01-27) 27 January 1985 (age 34)Left-handedSlow left-arm orthodox2019


Administration and support staff

2018/19 Management:

References

  1. ^ "7 teams announced for Bangabandhu BPL". daily Bangladesh. 16 November 2019.
  2. ^ "BCB to conduct T20 tournament instead of BPL after fallout with franchises". Cricbuzz. 11 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Bangabandhu BPL T20 2019 squads". Bangladesh Cricket Board. 17 November 2019.
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