Rajshahi Royals have added swashbuckling all-rounder from West Indies Andre Russell to strengthen their squad for the upcoming edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). The Royals also roped in veteran Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik as direct recruitment for the next season of the tournament.
Although Russell has struggled with injuries in the recent past, everybody knows what he is capable of on a given day. He showcased his class in the last editions of the Indian Premier League when he unleashed a carnage against the bowlers dispatching them six with ease while playing for Kolkata Knight Riders. He was also in good form in the Abu Dhabi T10 League and will add value to the Rajshahi Royals.
On the other hand, Sylhet Thunder also added two more members to their squad. They made their one direct signing adding left-arm fast bowler from West Indies Sheldon Cottrell to their team. The other one is fast bowler Ebadat Hossain, who recently represented Bangladesh in the two-match Test series against India.
The seventh season of the tournament known as Bangabandhu Premier League will get underway from December 11 and will end on 17 January 2020, with the opening ceremony to be held on 8 December 2019. Comilla Victorians will look to defend their title when they begin their campaign against Rangpur Rangers on the first day of the competition.
Updated squad for Rajshahi Royals and Sylhet Thunder:
Rajshahi Royals : Liton Kumar Das, Afif Hossain, Abu Jayed Chowdhury Rahi, Farhad Reza, Ravi Bopara (England), Hazratullah Zazai (Afghanistan), Taijul Islam, Alok Kapali, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Irfan Sukkur, Mohammad Nawaz (Pakistan), Mohammad Irfan (Pakistan), Minhajul Abedin Afridi, Nahidul Islam, Andre Russell (West Indies) and Shoaib Malik (Pakistan).
Sylhet Thunder : Mohammad Mithun, Mosaddek Hossain, Nazmul Islam Apu, Sohag Gazi, Sherfane Rutherford (West Indies), Shafiqullah, Rony Talukdar, Nayeem Hasan, Delwar Hossain, Monir Hossain, Johnson Charles (West Indies), Naveen-ul-Haq (Afghanistan), Ruyel Miah, Jeevan Mendis (Sri Lanka), Sheldon Cottrell (West Indies) and Ebadat Hossain.