The Dhaka Platoon (Bengali: ঢাকা প্লাটুন) is a franchise cricket team that plays in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), representing the country's Dhaka Division. Following the 2015 competition, the Platoon are one of the BPL's seven existing members and are expected to participate in the league's 2019 edition. The team is headquartered at the Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium in Mirpur, and so is one of three teams playing in the city, alongside the Dhaka Division cricket team and Dhaka Metropolis cricket team which are active in first-class cricket.
|League||Bangladesh Premier League|
|Owner||Jamuna Bank (2019–20)|
|City||Dhaka, Dhaka Division, Bangladesh|
|Founded||2012 (as Dhaka Gladiators); 2015 (as Dhaka Dynamites)|
|Home ground||Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka|
|Bangladesh Premier League wins||3 (I, II, IV)|
The team was originally established in 2012 for the inaugural BPL season as the Dhaka Gladiators and they won both the 2012 and 2013 editions of the tournament. The Gladiators were one of the teams dissolved in 2013 after the second edition. The franchise was sold to BEXIMCO Group and rebranded as Dhaka Dynamites
For the 2015 edition of the BPL, the Platoon were coached by former South African cricketer Mickey Arthur, and captained by Kumar Sangakkara. Bangladeshi player Nasir Hossain was selected as the "icon" player of the team.
Dhaka Dynamites was formed in 2009 as one of the participating teams in the National Cricket League Twenty20. The ownership of the team was acquired by Ahmed Shayan Fazlur Rahman's Beximco Group. The league was later replaced with Bangladesh Premier League, with the ownership of the franchise being awarded to Europa Group under the name of Dhaka Gladiators for US$5.05 million. After multiple corruption charges against the owners, the team was re-acquired by Beximco Group in 2015. Later in 2019 Jamuna Bank acquired the team.
In the first two seasons, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza captained the team and Ian Pont was the head coach. Dhaka Gladiators started off their campaign disappointingly by losing against an experienced Khulna Royal Bengals which was led by all rounder Shakib Al Hasan. However this was succeeded by three consecutive wins even without players like Shahid Afridi and Saeed Ajmal. During their third victory against Barisal Burners, they made the highest total of the tournament by scoring 208 runs for five wickets. They defended this score, even though Chris Gayle scored a century for the Barisal Burners. Later in the tournament, they failed to chase mediocre targets due to batting collapses. In the final, Dhaka Gladiators beat the Barisal Burners to be crowned champions of BPL 2012.
For the 2012/13 season, Dhaka Gladiators bought all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan who was the most expensive player and the captain in the tournament. They bought fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza, the emerging wicket keeper Anamul Haque and more. They also bought South African pace bowler Alfonso Thomas, and West Indians Kieron Pollard and Chris Gayle who were only available for one game. They bought English players Luke Wright, Owais Shah, Darren Stevens, bowler Chris Liddle and batsman Josh Cobb. This team of players were crowned 2013 champions, just as they had been in 2012. They played 14 games, won 11 and lost only 3. This time their strongest opponent was Sylhet Royals.
Dhaka Dynamites was introduced in a new look in 2015. During the player draft, Kumar Sangakkara was selected as the captain while Nasir Hossain was picked as the "icon" player. A total of eighteen players was selected in the draft process. The notable players in and out of the draft they purchased were, Mustafizur Rahman, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Hafeez and Ryan ten Doeschate and Mohammad Irfan
They started off rather smoothly by defeating Comilla Victorians and Chittagong Vikings but lost their way through defeats against Rangpur Riders and Barisal Bulls. Luckily, they finished at 4th place out of 6 teams but lost against the Bulls in the eliminator
After having an average season at BPL 3, the Dynamites started the fourth season with a strong team including the likes of Shakib Al Hasan, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Kumar Sangakkara, Mosaddek Hossain, Evin Lewis, Mahela Jayawardene, Wayne Parnell and Ravi Bopara. They started their campaign with winning against Barisal Bulls. On their way, they were only defeated by the Rajshahi Kings and Khulna Titans. They defeated the Titans in the first qualifier and the Kings in the final, being crowned champions for the third time
Dwayne Bravo became the highest wicket taker of the tournament. While Kumar Sangakkara scored most runs for them.
The team has signed many new foreign players among whom Shahid Afridi, Shane Watson, Mohammad Amir and Sunil Narine are worth mentioning. They retained Md. Shahid, Mosaddek Hossain and Mehedi Maruf from the local category while they retained Kumar Sangakkara, Evin Lewis and Ronsford Beaton from the overseas department. They also extended the contract of ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan as their icon player.
They got the second pick in the local and overseas pick in the draft, choosing pacer Abu Hider and English batsman Joe Denly respectively. Their surprise picks were pacers Khaled Ahmed, Mohammad Saddam, batsman Shadman Islam and little-known West Indian orthodox spinner Akeal Hosein.
Dhaka Dynamites had a shaky start with a surprise defeat to Sylhet Sixers. However the team soon bounced back and finished 2nd in the league stage. They crushed Comilla Victorians in Qualifier-1, hence advancing to the final. They didn't manage the defend the title as they suffered a heave defeat to Rangpur Riders in the final who were eventually crowned the champions, securing their maiden trophy.
All the franchises were given until 30 September 2018 to submit their 4 retained cricketers. Dhaka Dynamites retained Shakib Al Hasan, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine and Rovman Powell. All Franchises were also allowed to buy 2 foreign players pre-draft but they can't be the ones who played for the team last season. Dhaka Dynamites bought Afghan hard-hitter Hazratullah Zazai and Caribbean all-rounder Andre Russell.
In the draft, Dhaka's first pick was local fast bowler Rubel Hossain. They signed South African bowler Andrew Birch and English batsman Ian Bell as their overseas players in draft. They ended up signing 10 local players in the draft.
In the tournament Dhaka had a flying start winning five matches out of their first six matches. But they suddenly lost their momentum and suffered five consecutive defeats and eventually pipped Rajshahi Kings out of top four by winning their last group match and qualified for Eliminator. In the Eliminator they defeated Chittagong Vikings and defeated Rangpur Riders in the Qualifier 2 to seal their place in the Final. In the final Comilla Victorians set a target of 200 for Dhaka, but they fell short by 17 runs in their chase and Comilla won the tournament for the second time.
Shakib Al Hasan was the highest wicket taker of the season and won the Player of the Tournament for his all-round performances.
The franchise had signed English ODI captain Eoin Morgan who is the winning captain of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and South African explosive batsman David Miller as their two direct signings. Shakib Al Hasan, the captain of the franchise for last 3 season, left the team and joined Rangpur Riders.
However, 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. Jamuna Bank acquired the team's sponsorship rights. They will be known as ‘Jamuna Bank Dhaka Platoon’ and they have signed the likes of Shahid Afridi, Thisara Perera, Tamim Iqbal and Mashrafe Mortaza
|Year||Bangladesh Premier League|
Kit manufacturers and sponsorsEdit
|Year||Kit Manufacturers||Shirt Sponsor (Chest)||Shirt Sponsor (Back)||Chest Branding|
|2015||Yellow||National Bank Limited||S.S. Steel Limited||Confidence Group|
|2016||Beximco Petroleum Ltd.||National Bank Limited|
|2017||National Bank Limited||Confidence Group||Lifebuoy|
|2019||Beximco||National Bank Limited|
|2020||Orange and Blue||Jamuna Bank||Jamuna Bank Foundation; Jamuna Bank||Jamuna Bank|
- 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|
|68||Mominul Haque||29 September 1991||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox||2019|
|29||Raqibul Hasan||8 October 1987||Right-handed||Right arm leg break||2019|
|45||Asif Ali||1 October 1991||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||2019||Overseas|
|19||Ahmed Shehzad||23 November 1991||Right-handed||Legbreak||2019||Overseas|
|32||Laurie Evans||12 October 1987||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast||2019||Overseas|
|55||Mahedi Hasan||12 December 1994||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||2019|
|51||Shuvagata Hom||11 November 1986||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||2018|
|71||Ariful Haque||18 November 1992||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast||2019|
|1||Thisara Perera||3 April 1989||Left-handed||Right-arm medium||2019||Overseas|
|10||Shahid Afridi||1 February 1980||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break||2019||Overseas|
|49||Shadab Khan||4 October 1998||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break||2019||Overseas|
|45||Faheem Ashraf||16 January 1994||Left-handed||Right-arm medium-fast||2019||Overseas|
|21||Luis Reece||4 August 1990||Left-handed||Left arm medium||2019||Overseas|
|66||Anamul Haque||16 December 1990||Right-handed||—||2019|
|44||Jaker Ali||22 February 1998||Right-handed||—||2019|
|2||Mashrafe Mortaza||5 October 1983||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast||2019||Captain|
|25||Mohammad Shahid||1 November 1988||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast||2019|
|47||Wahab Riaz||28 June 1985||Right-handed||Left-arm fast||2019||Overseas|
|27||Hasan Mahmud||12 October 1999||Right-handed||Right arm medium||2019|
|86||Salauddin Sakil||7 July 1989||Left-handed||Left arm medium||2019|
Administration and support staffEdit
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- "Dhaka Dynamites have strong Bowling lineup". onews24. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
- "Rangpur get Shakib for 3rd BPL". Retrieved 16 November 2015.
- "7 teams announced for Bangabandhu BPL". daily Bangladesh. 16 November 2019.
- "Logo of Dhaka Dynamites unveiled". bdcricteam. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
- "Eoin Morgan to play for Dhaka Dynamites in BPL 2019". Cricbuzz. 21 July 2019.
- "Dynamites sign David Miller for BPL 2019". The Independent BD. 21 July 2019.
- "Rangpur Riders sign Shakib for upcoming season". Cricbuzz. 31 July 2019.
- "BCB to conduct T20 tournament instead of BPL after fallout with franchises". Cricbuzz. 11 September 2019.
- "Bangabandhu BPL T20 2019 squads". Bangladesh Cricket Board. 17 November 2019.