Rajshahi Kings (Bengali: রাজশাহী কিংস) are a Bangladeshi franchise Twenty20 cricket team. The team is based in Rajshahi in Bangladesh and competes in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), a Twenty20 franchise cricket competition.
|League||Bangladesh Premier League|
|Owner||Mango Entertainment Limited|
Bangladesh Cricket Board (2019–20)
|City||Rajshahi, Rajshahi Division, Bangladesh|
|Founded||2012 (as Duronto Rajshahi)|
|Bangladesh Premier League wins||0|
Duronto Rajshahi participated in the first two seasons of the Bangladesh Premier League in 2011/12 and 2012/13. Following the suspension of all BPL franchises after the second season of the league, the Rajshahi Kings were formed in advance of the 2016/17 Bangladesh Premier League following a complete change in the team ownership and management. They competed in the fourth edition of the BPL in late 2016, losing in the final to the Dhaka Dynamites. On 6 October 2016, Darren Sammy was announced the captain of the side.
Duronto Rajshahi was captained by Mushfiqur Rahim and had the likes of Marlon Samuels, Sabbir Rahman and Mohammad Sami by his side. The team dominated during the league stage, winning 7 of their 10 games, finished at the top of the leaderboard. However, they lost to Barisal Burners in the semi-final, ending a positive campaign.
This time, the team was led by Tamim Iqbal who had the likes of Moeen Ali and Sean Ervine accompanying him. This time, Rajshahi just managed to finish in the top 4 during the league stage, winning 5 games out of 12 matches. Their campaign ended as they were disqualified during the playoffs
The kings were the other new team alongside Khulna Titans participating this year. They signed Mohammad Sami and Darren Sammy (who was, later on, made the skipper) pre-draft. As they were one the new teams, the kings were allowed to select two local cricketers in the draft before the initial procedure. They selected Mehedi Hasan and Nurul Hasan. They signed Sri Lankan opener Upul Tharanga (missed whole tournament due to national commitments), English all-rounder Samit Patel and more from the overseas department in the draft. They bought Mominul Haque, Farhad Reza and some more local talents also from the draft. They also signed Kiwi all-rounder James Franklin and Jamaican seamer Kesrick Williams mid-tournament. They chose hard-hitting t20 specialist batting all-rounder Sabbir Rahman as their icon player.
The kings started off with a 3 run defeat to Khulna Titans and lost to Barisal Bulls (Sabbir 122) in a nail-biting finish. They notched up crucial victories against Dhaka Dynamites (did so twice) and Khulna Titans to qualify for the playoffs.
They replaced previous icon Sabbir Rahman with wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim as the icon player and retained Mominul Haque, Farhad Reza and Mehedi Hasan. They signed English opener and part-time seamer Luke Wright and West Indian top-middle order batsmen Lendl Simmons to provide stability to the top order and also made a one-season contract with Zimbabwe's Malcolm Waller to give the lower-middle order a boost. They extended the contract for one more year with Franklin, Sami and Sammy (remade skipper).
In the draft, The Kings got the first pick in the lottery and unsurprisingly selected wiry left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman. They were riding their luck as they also gained the first pick in the overseas selection in the draft, picking Pakistani leggie Usama Mir. The surprise picks were U19 all-rounder Qazi Onik, in-form orthodox spinner Nihaduzzaman, pacer Hossain Ali and little known Pakistani all-rounder Raza Ali Dar.
The Kings began their conquest with a lost to Rangpur Riders and could not fully recover from the early defeat. They went on to lose more matches but secured some victories on the way. Overall, they finished 2nd last at 6th.
In the draft, Rajshahi snatched in-form batsman Soumya Sarkar as their first pick. From the overseas department, they signed the likes of Isuru Udana and Ryan ten Doeschate. Their Head Coach Lance Klusener was present in the event.
|Year||Bangladesh Premier League|
Kit manufacturers and sponsorsEdit
|Year||Kit Manufacturers||Shirt Sponsor (Chest)||Shirt Sponsor (Back)||Chest Branding|
|2016||Runner Automobiles||Microsoft Corporation||First Security Islami Bank Limited|
|2017||First Security Islami Bank Limited||Flora 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|
|68||Mominul Haque||29 September 1991||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox||2016|
|14||Christiaan Jonker||24 September 1986||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast||2018||Overseas|
|59||Soumya Sarkar||25 February 1993||Left-handed||Right-arm medium||2018|
|5||Shahriar Nafees||1 May 1985||Left-handed||—||2018|
|32||Laurie Evans||12 October 1987||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast||2018||Overseas|
|27||Ryan ten Doeschate||30 June 1980||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast||2018||Overseas|
|41||Seekkuge Prasanna||27 June 1985||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break||2018||Overseas|
|53||Mehedi Hasan||25 October 1997||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||2016||Captain|
|18||Marshall Ayub||5 October 1988||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break||2018|
|19||Fazle Mahmud||30 December 1987||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox||2018|
|8||Mohammad Hafeez||17 October 1980||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||2018||Overseas|
|28||Alauddin Babu||5 December 1991||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast||2018|
|12||Zakir Hasan||1 February 1998||Left-handed||—||2017|
|25||Johnson Charles||14 January 1989||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast||2018||Overseas|
|90||Mustafizur Rahman||6 September 1995||Left-handed||Left-arm fast-medium||2017|
|6||Arafat Sunny||29 September 1986||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox||2018|
|31||Kamrul Islam Rabbi||10 December 1991||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast||2017|
|7||Mohammad Sami||24 February 1981||Right-handed||Right-arm fast||2016||Overseas|
|17||Isuru Udana||17 February 1988||Right-handed||Left-arm fast-medium||2018||Overseas|
|30||Qais Ahmad||15 August 2000||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break||2018||Overseas|
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- "BPL 4 players draft today". www.bdcricteam.com.
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- "Patrons and Owners of Rajshahi Kings". Rajshahi Kings.
- "Team Management". Rajshahi Kings.