T20 became a bigger hit than expected. Many countries have become big fans. India, a country that has really fabulous amount of fans, started the IPL. Considering the fact that it was started by the richest board of cricket in the world, and is part of India - a country that considers cricket as her religion; IPL has been a roaring success since its inception.
There are other countries who have started a similar league - Carribean Premier League, Friends Life T20, Pakistan Super League, and Sri Lanka Premier Leaue. There are many many more.
We are here to play the Bangladesh Premier League now. This is a professional cricket league made up of seven franchises. As of now. IPL is increasing the number of teams slowly. BPL will too.
This league was started in 2011. The version that was established before this - 2009/10 National Cricket League Twenty20 - was suspended. Today, the BPL has made a very nice name for itself in the world of T20 cricket.
The team with the most BPL titles are Dhaka Dynamites with three titles, including two consecutive titles during the first two seasons of the tournament as Dhaka Gladiators. Comilla Victorians are the only other team to be crowned champions. The current champions are Dhaka Dynamites, who defeated Rajshahi Kings in BPL IV. The league draws many high-skilled professional cricketers from all over the world.
The BPL starts in November and each team face each other twice in the league stage. Following the conclusion of the regular season, top four teams advance to the playoffs, a single-elimination game and two qualifier games culminating in the Championship game, between the winner of Qualifier 1 and Qualifier 2.
SQUADS FOR BANGLADESH PREMIER LEAGUE, 2017
Rangpur RidersMashrafe Mortaza, David Willey, Ravi Bopara, Adam Lyth, Thisara Perera, Kusal Perera, Samuel Badree, Johnson Charles, Mohammad Mithun, Sohag Gazi, Rubel Hossain, Shahriar Nafees, Nazmul Islam, Ziaur Rahman, Fazle Mahmud, Sam Hain, Samiullah Shenwari, Abdur Razzak, Ebadat Hossain, Elias Sunny, Nahidul Islam, Zahir Khan, Lasith Malinga, Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum, Shamsur Rahman, Nuwan Kulasekara
Dhaka DynamitesShakib Al Hasan, Kumar Sangakkara, Cameron Delport, Evin Lewis, Kevon Cooper, Rovman Powell, Ronsford Beaton, Sunil Narine, Shahid Afridi, Graeme Cremer, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afradi, Mehedi Maruf, Mosaddek Hossain, Abu Hider Rony, Mohammad Shahid, Jahurul Islam, Nadif Chowdhury, Saqlain Sajib, Joe Denly, Akeal Hosein, Khaled Ahmed, Shadman Islam, Noor Hossain, Kieron Pollard
Comilla VictoriansTamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo, Shoaib Malik, Jos Buttler, Solomon Mire, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Hasan Ali, Rumman Raees, Fahim Ashraf , Imran Khan jnr, Liton Das, Mohammad Saifuddin, Al-Amin Hossain, Arafat Sunny, Alok Kapali, Mehedi Hasan Rana, Raqibul Hasan, Dwayne Bravo, Graeme Cremer, Enamul Haque jnr, Fakhar Zaman
Chittagong VikingsSoumya Sarkar, Yasir Arafat, Misbah-ul-Haq, Luke Ronchi, Jermaine Blackwood, Sikandar Raza, Luis Reece, Liam Dawson, Jeevan Mendis, Najibullah Zadran, Anamul Haque, Taskin Ahmed, Subashis Roy, Sunzamul Islam, Al-Amin, Alauddin Babu, Tanbir Hayder, Irfan Sukkur, Dilshan Munaweera, Nayeem Hasan, Suhrawadi Shuvo, Sajjadul Haque, Stiaan van Zyl
Khulna TitansMahmudullah, Rilee Rossouw, Kyle Abbott, Benny Howell, Jofra Chioke Archer, Dawid Malan, Chadwick Walton, Carlos Brathwaite, Shadab Khan, Sarfraz Ahmed, Junaid Khan, Shehan Jayasuriya, Seekkuge Prasanna, Mosharraf Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Abu Jayed, Afif Hossain, Yasir Ali,Imran Ali, Muktar Ali, Dhiman Ghosh, Saif Hassan, Ariful Haque
Rajshahi KingsMushfiqur Rahim, Lendl Simmons, Darren Sammy, Kesrick Williams, Malcolm Waller, James Franklin, Luke Wright, Farhad Reza, Samit Patel, Mohammad Sami, Mominul Haque, Mustafizur Rahman, Zakir Hasan, Nihaduzzaman, Rony Talukdar, Usama Mir, Raza Ali Dar, Hossain Ali, Naeem Islam jnr, Kazi Anik
Sylhet SixersSabbir Rahman, Babar Azam, Krishmar Santokie, Usman Khan, Andre Fletcher, Davy Jacobs, Liam Plunkett, Ross Whiteley, Chaturanga de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Nasir Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Wanidu Hasaranga, Taijul Islam, Abul Hasan, Shuvagata Hom, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Nabil Samad, Ghulam Mudassar, Mohammad Sharif, Imtiaz Hossain, Sharifullah, Upul Tharanga, Andre McCarthy