Bangladesh Premier League
The Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ প্রিমিয়ার লীগ) is a professional cricket league consisting of seven franchises. The BPL is one of the three professional cricket leagues in Bangladesh. It is the 16th most attended premier league in the world. In November 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.
|Tournament format||Round-robin and Playoffs|
|Number of teams||8|
|Current champion||Comilla Victorians (2nd title)|
|Most successful||Dhaka Dynamites (3 titles) (2 as Dhaka Gladiators )|
|Most runs||Tamim Iqbal (1825)|
|Most wickets||Shakib Al Hasan (106)|
|TV||List of broadcasters|
The Bangladesh Premier League was formed in 2011 by the Bangladesh Cricket Board, after the suspension of its predecessor organisation, 2009/10 National Cricket League Twenty20. The first season was held during February 2012, and the games were held across Dhaka and Chittagong.The BPL is headed by the chairman of its Governing Council.
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 and Rangpur Riders are the only other teams to be crowned champions. The current champions are Comilla Victorians, who defeated Dhaka Dynamites in BPL Season 6.
Following the success of franchise Twenty20 cricket leagues such as the Indian Premier League around the world, the Bangladesh Cricket Board announced a plan to replace the National Cricket League with a franchise based league. On 18 January 2012 the board entered a 6-year, 350-crore deal with Game on Sports Group to establish a franchise tournament. The deal gave the group exclusive management rights to the tournament. The league was founded with six franchises from the largest cities of Bangladesh. During the franchise auction 13 companies took part in the bidding process, with six winning the rights of each clubs.
The first edition of the league officially kicked off on 9 February 2012, excluding a lavish opening ceremony at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. The initial player auction was held on 18 and 19 January 2012 and the first match in the tournament staged on 9 February 2012 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium between Sylhet Royals and Barisal Burners. The first final game was between Dhaka Gladiators and Barisal Burners, with Dhaka Gladiators emerging as champions after winning by eight wickets. All matches in the first edition of the league were held at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium and Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in the country's second-largest city Chittagong.
Rangpur Riders were added as a seventh team for the second season. Dhaka Gladiators again emerged as champions beating Chittagong Kings in the final by 43 runs.Once again Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka hosted the final and most of the matches while the MA Aziz Stadium replaced the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong due to higher capacity and Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna (third-largest city) was added as the third venue.
Following accusations of match fixing during the 2012–13 season, the owners of all six original franchises were suspended in 2013 due to constant violations of the league regulations and constant delays in players’ salary handover. The owners of Dhaka Gladiators were handed a lifetime suspension by the governing committee. A number of players and administrators were handed bans for match fixing, including the former captain of Bangladesh, Mohammad Ashraful.
Following the match fixing scandal, the league was not played in the year 2014. It returned in the 2015 with six new franchises and in was held in the winter season unlike Spring previously. Comilla Victorians won the competition, beating Barisal Bulls by three wickets. In advance of the 2016–17 edition of the league one franchise, the Sylhet Super Stars, was suspended following breaches of disciplinary regulations and two new franchises, Khulna Titans and Rajshahi Kings, were introduced, bringing the number of teams in the competition back to seven.
In the 2017–18 edition of the league, the Sylhet franchise returned as the Sylhet Sixers with new ownership and management. As a result, the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium was also listed as a third venue. Barisal Bulls franchise was suspended due to financial mishaps.
At a corporate level, the Bangladesh Premier League considers itself an association made up of and financed by its member teams. All income generated through television rights, licensing agreements, sponsorship, ticket sales and other means is earned and shared between the Bangladesh Cricket Board and the participating franchises. The league is controlled by a Governing Council (GC). As the parent organisation, the Bangladesh Cricket Board appoints the GC's members.
As of the 2018–19 season, the league consists of seven franchises. Each team players every other team twice in the round-robin stage of the competition with the teams with the top 4 advancing to a series of play-off matches. These lead to a championship match in which the league champion is decided.
|Team||City||Home venue||Owner||Debut||Current Captain||Current Coach|
|Comilla Victorians||Comilla||None||Nafisa Kamal, Mustafa Kamal, Legends Sporting Limited||2015||Imrul Kayes||Mohammad Salahuddin|
|Dhaka Dynamites||Dhaka||Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium||Salman F Rahman, Shayan F Rahman, Beximco Group||2012||Shakib Al Hasan||Khaled Mahmud|
|Khulna Titans||Khulna||None||Gemcon Group||2012||Mahmudullah||Mahela Jayawardene|
|Rajshahi Kings||Rajshahi||None||Mango Entertainment||2012||Mehedi Hasan||Lance Klusener|
|Rangpur Riders||Rangpur||None||Ahmed Akbar Sobhan, Safwan Sobhan, Bashundhara Group||2013||Mashrafe Mortaza||Tom Moody|
|Sylhet Sixers||Sylhet||Sylhet International Cricket Stadium||Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, Shahed Muhith, Sylhet Sports Limited||2012||Alok Kapali||Waqar Younis|
|Chittagong Vikings||Chittagong||Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium||None||2012–2019||N/A||N/A|
The BPL operates a draft system to assign players to teams. New players can be chosen by franchises during an annual draft. Teams can also choose to retain players from one yer to the next and players can also be signed outside of the draft and traded between organisations. Since 2015, Imago Sports Management has been conducting the players draft event also is the official players management partner of Bangladesh Cricket Board for Bangladesh Premier League
Records include all matches played under the name of a franchise, even where the franchise has been suspended and re-created as a new organisation.
|Match||Win||Loss||Tied||No Results||Win Percentage||2012||2013||2015||2016||2017||2019|
|Dhaka Dynamites||2012 – present||3 (2012, 2013, 2016)||2 (2017, 2019)||6||1 (2015)||0|
|Comilla Victorians||2015 – present||2 (2015, 2019)||0||4||1 (2017)||1 (2016)|
|Rangpur Riders||2013 – present||1 (2017)||0||5||2 (2015, 2019)||2 (2013, 2016)|
|Barisal Bulls||2012 – 2016||0||2 (2012, 2015)||4||0||2 (2013, 2016)|
|Rajshahi Kings||2012 – present||0||1 (2016)||5||2 (2012, 2013)||2 (2017, 2019)|
|Chittagong Vikings||2012 – 2019||0||1 (2013)||6||2 (2016, 2019)||3 (2012, 2015, 2017)|
|Khulna Titans||2012 – present||0||0||5||3 (2012, 2016, 2017)||2 (2013, 2019)|
|Sylhet Sixers||2012 – present||0||0||5||1 (2013)||4 (2012, 2015, 2017, 2019)|
For the first season of the tournament, Bangladeshi conglomerate Destiny Group was the main sponsor of the tournament, negotiating a one-year sponsorship package for 75 million taka (US$1.0 million). Prime Bank Limited was awarded with the sponsorship deal for the second season for 100 million taka (US$1.5 million). BRB Cables Limited held the sponsorship rights for third season in 2015 with 150 million taka (US$2.0 million). Abul Khair Steel (AKS), a sister concern group of Abul Khair Industries Limited became the title sponsor of the fourth and fifth edition.
|Season||Sponsorship Rights||Gross Revenues Earned||Broadcasting Rights|
৳7.5 crore (US$890,000)
|৳354.7 crore (US$42 million)||Channel Nine |
৳632 crore (US$75 million)
four-year broadcasting rights (2012–16)
|2013||Prime Bank Limited
৳10 crore (US$1.2 million)
|৳302 crore (US$36 million)|
|2015–16||BRB Cables Industries Limited
৳15 crore (US$1.8 million)
|৳266.5 crore (US$32 million)|
|2016–17||Abul Khair Steel (AKS) and Shah Cement
৳22 crore (US$2.6 million)
|৳433 crore (US$51 million) (2016–17)|
৳640 crore (US$76 million)
three-year broadcasting rights (2017–2019)
|2019–present||United Commercial Bank (UCB)
|YouTube on Rabbitholebd|
|Caribbean islands||2017–present||Flow Sports|
|Middle East and North Africa||2018–present||CRICINGIF|
|Pakistan||2017–present||Geo Super||YouTube on Rabbitholebd|
| South Korea
|2017–present||Ticon System Ltd.|
|United Kingdom||2017–present||Star Gold||Hotstar|
| United States
|Rest of the world||2019–present||YouTube on Rabbitholebd|
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