Comilla Victorians (Bengali: কুমিল্লা ভিক্টোরিয়ান্স) is a Bangladeshi professional men's cricket team, competing in Bangladesh Premier League, a Twenty20 cricket league. The team is based in Comilla. Comilla Victorians is one of the most successful teams in BPL history having crowned champions two times and the highest 63.46% winning rate. The team is currently owned by Nafisa Kamal, the daughter of Bangladesh's planning minister, A H M Mustafa Kamal. The team is being captained by Imrul Kayes with regular captain Steve Smith being currently unavailable.
|League||Bangladesh Premier League|
|Owner||Legends Sporting Limited|
|City||Comilla, Chittagong Division, Bangladesh|
|Bangladesh Premier League wins||2 (III, VI)|
The Comilla Victorians were created when the decision was made to expand the number of teams and move away from division-representing teams to city-representing teams for the third season of the competition. With the revamp of Bangladesh Premier League, a scope was created for interested bidders to bid for Comilla-based franchise, being one of the largest city in Chittagong Division. The legal franchise rights were sold to Nafisa Kamal (Legends Sporting Limited), a former owner of now-defunct franchise Sylhet Royals. The rights were bought at US$27.50 million for five years. During October 2015, Comilla Victorians was officially established, thus becoming the only other team representing a city in Chittagong Division. The team won their first title on 2015-16 Bangladesh Premier League but they failed to keep the title in 2016-17 Bangladesh Premier League season .
Season 3 (2015-16)Edit
The Comilla Victorians were the newest addition to the Bangladesh Premier League. The draft pick was held on 22 October 2015, where the team picked three overseas players and thirteen national players. Some of them were Imrul Kayes and Liton Das. In the icon selection, they got the second pick in the lottery and chose Mashrafe Mortaza. Before the tournament, analysts predicted the Victorians as the weakest team in the tournament due to lack of variation in the team, despite inclusion of experienced players like Shoaib Malik and big hitters like Andre Russell.
The Comilla Victorians opened its campaign against Dhaka Dynamites. The game was played on 22 November which ended in a defeat to Dhaka Dynamites by six wickets. They went on to win 7 matches while losing only two. The team finished the regular season on top the table. Comilla defeated Rangpur Riders in the first qualifier to advance to the finals. In the final against Barisal Bulls, Alok Kapali squeezed a single of the last ball to will a thriller and hence were crowned the champions in their debut season.
Imrul Kayes was the second highest run-scorer of the tournament, scoring 312 runs at an average of 28.36 while Abu Hider was the second highest wicket taker of the tournament with 21 wickets. He also got the best Bangladeshi player award while their all-rounder, Ashar Zaidi was awarded the player of the tournament.
Season 4 (2016-17)Edit
The Victorians were looking to defend their title but failed in that mission miserably. Even with players like Ahmed Shehzad, Marlon Samuels, Mashrafe Mortaza and Rashid Khan, they lost their first 5 games in a row. They somehow managed to finish at the 2nd last place in the league stage thus ending their campaign in a rather sour note.
Season 5 (2017-18)Edit
Tamim Iqbal was announced icon player of the team and the skipper as they didn't extend Mashrafe Mortaza's contract this time unlike in 2016. Mohammad Salahuddin returned as the team's coach after a single season stint with Chittagong Vikings. All-rounder Mohammad Nabi from Afghanistan and Pakistani seamer Imran Khan Jr. joined the team after finishing a season with the Vikings. Shoaib Malik returned after spending some time with Nabi and Imran at the dressing room last year while English keeper Jos Buttler, Kiwi batter Colin Munro, Pakistani seamer Hassan Ali, Hasan's ‘new-sensation’ countryman Fakhar Zaman, Lankan all rounder Angelo Mathews and more players will be representing the Victorians for the first time. Marlon Samuels and Rashid Khan has been retained by the team management.
In the group games, Comilla performed very well. The team went on to win 9 games and losing 3, topping the leaderboard. However, the team suffered a heavy defeat against Dhaka Dynamites in Qualifier-1. Rangpur Riders eliminated them in Qualifier-2 which was filled with controversy. Due to persistent rain, the match was signaled to resume the next day which was against the bylaws of BPL. The rule was if the match had to be called off, then the team higher in group rankings would advance, hence Comilla Victorians’ team management were very angry.
Season 6 (2018-19)Edit
All the franchises were given until 30 September 2018 to submit their 4 retained cricketers. Comilla Victorians retained Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Saifuddin and Shoaib Malik. As all franchises are allowed to sign 2 foreign players pre-draft (but they can't be their players from last season), Comilla went ahead and signed English all rounder, Liam Dawson and Sri Lankan Asela Gunaratne.
In the draft, Comilla's notable domestic picks were pacer Abu Hider and wicket-keeper batsman Anamul Haque. Some of their overseas picks were all-rounders Shahid Afridi and Thisara Perera as well as West Indian batsman Evin Lewis and Australian batsman Steve Smith, who is currently serving a one-year ban for Ball tampering. Their most interesting pick was young Afghanistan left-arm seamer Waqar Salamkheil. Overall, the Victorians managed to forge a very balanced side.
Comilla Victorians beat Rangpur in the playoff to reach final. In the final Tamim slammed 141 in just 61 balls as Comilla beat Dhaka to be crowned BPL 2018-19 Champion.This is Comilla Victorian's 2nd BPL trophy.
Season 7 (2019-20)Edit
|Year||Bangladesh Premier League|
Kit manufacturers and sponsorsEdit
|Year||Kit Manufacturers||Shirt Sponsor (Chest)||Shirt Sponsor (Back)||Chest Branding|
|2015||Sailor||S. Alam Group of Industries||Marcel||Exim Bank|
|2016||Huawei||Walton Group||Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd|
|2017||LK||S. Alam Group of Industries||Abdul Monem Limited|
- 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.||Name||Nat||Birth date||Batting style||Bowling style||Signed year||Notes|
|28||Tamim Iqbal||20 March 1989||Left-handed||—||2019|
|45||Imrul Kayes||2 February 1987||Left-handed||—||2015||Captain|
|80||Shamsur Rahman||5 June 1988||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||2018|
|49||Steve Smith||2 June 1989||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break||2018||Overseas|
|17||Evin Lewis||27 December 1991||Left-handed||Right-arm medium||2018||Overseas|
|83||Liam Dawson||1 March 1990||Right-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox||2018||Overseas|
|18||Shoaib Malik||1 February 1982||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||2015||Overseas|
|74||Mohammad Saifuddin||1 November 1996||Left-handed||Right-arm medium-fast||2016|
|14||Asela Gunaratne||8 January 1986||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||2018||Overseas|
|1||Thisara Perera||3 April 1989||Left-handed||Right-arm medium||2018||Overseas|
|55||Mahedi Hasan||12 December 1994||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||2017|
|41||Ziaur Rahman||3 December 1986||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||2018|
|10||Shahid Afridi||1 February 1980||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break||2018||Overseas|
|34||Aamer Yamin||26 June 1990||Left-handed||Right-arm medium-fast||2018||Overseas|
|66||Anamul Haque||16 December 1990||Right-handed||—||2018|
|16||Abu Hider||14 February 1996||Right-handed||Left-arm medium-fast||2018|
|25||Mohammad Shahid||1 November 1988||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast||2018|
|70||Mosharraf Hossain||20 November 1981||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox||2018|
|47||Wahab Riaz||28 June 1985||Right-handed||Left-arm fast||2019||Overseas|
|—||Waqar Salamkheil||2 October 2001||Right-handed||Left-arm medium||2018||Overseas|
|—||Sanjit Saha||4 November 1997||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||2018|
Administration and Support StaffEdit
- "'Comilla Legends' turned 'Comilla Victorians'". bdcricteam.com. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Tamim masterclass lands Comilla Victorians BPL title". Prothom Alo. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
- "Mushfiqur Rahim Joins Comilla Victorians in BPL 7th Edition". Teletalk News. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
- "Comilla Victorians Player, Squad, Owner BPL T20 2019". bpllivescore.com. 31 July 2019.