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The Rangpur Riders (Rangpuri/Bengali: রংপুর রাইডার্স) are a professional cricket team based in Rangpur City, Rangpur. The Riders compete in Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), the premier cricket league in Bangladesh. The Riders are headquartered at the Bashundhara Residential Area in Dhaka.[1] They use Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium for most home games.

Rangpur Riders
রংপুর রাইডার্স
Rangpur Riders Revised Logo.png
Nickname(s)Riders of Hope, জয়ের লড়াই (Joyer Lorai)
LeagueBangladesh Premier League
Personnel
CaptainBangladesh Mashrafe Mortaza
CoachAustralia Tom Moody
OwnerBashundhara Group
Team information
CityRangpur, Rangpur Division, Bangladesh
Colorsrider
Founded2012
History
Bangladesh Premier League wins1(V)
Official website:bashundharagroup.com/page/rangpur-riders

T20I kit

The Riders joined the league as a member in 2013, prior to the second edition of the tournament. Although the ownership of the team changed multiple times, the team structure stayed at its original form since the foundation of the team. The team is currently owned by Bashundhara Group, a pioneering conglomerate based in Bangladesh. [2] The team is captained by Mashrafe Mortaza.

In the 5th edition of BPL, Rangpur Riders defeated Dhaka Dynamites in the finals to win their first title.

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HistoryEdit

The Rangpur Riders was established in 2012, afterward[clarification needed] first season of the Bangladesh Premier League. The team was bought by Mustafa Rafiqul Islam, owner of iSports Limited. The franchise right were bought for US$1.1 million at a closed-door auction. Haque Brothers Industries Limited also participated in the bid, but failed to outbid iSports Limited, a sister-concern of Flora Telecom.[3] The Riders joined the tournament in 2013 as the seventh team, representing the newly declared Rangpur Division. The team ownership was transferred to Sohana Sports which is now managed by Bashundhara Group, a pioneering conglomerate of Bangladesh. The team's logo is copied without permission[4] from that of the Midnight Riders, a supporters group for the American MLS soccer side New England Revolution.[5]

Season overviewEdit

Debut season (2012/13)Edit

Rangpur Riders were the newest addition to franchise during the second edition of the league. The team began its league run with Nasir Hossain as their icon player, and Abdur Razzak (cricketer) as the captain. Pakistani legendary spinner Saqlain Mushtaq was appointed as the coach. The Riders picked up their first victory against Chittagong Kings, winning by 6 wickets. The team ended the season with five wins, and seven loss, resulting in a point-table tie with Duronto Rajshahi, later dropping off from the playoffs due to lower Net Run Rate than Rajshahi. Nasir Hossain was the highest paid cricketer of the team with a salary of US$208,000.

Season 2015/16Edit

Riders of Hope got its hope for this season when they purchase Shakib Al Hasan as their Icon player for this season in the newly introduced Player Draft policy instead of Bidding like previous 2 seasons.

This season Rangpur Riders hired Shane Jurgensen as their head coach to make a tough team as per their promise in the Player Draft. This season they did pick some well known local players, like- Shakib Al Hasan, Arafat Sunny, Soumya Sarkar, Al-Amin, Saqlain Sajib and few more, along with some classy international T20 specialist Lendl Simmons, Darren Sammy, Sachithra Senanayake, Mohammad Nabi with some experienced face, like Misbah-ul-Haq.

This well balanced team ended the season by capturing 3rd position in the League but could not qualify for the final thanks to loss against Barisal Bulls in the 2nd qualifier after a win against Dhaka Dynamites in the eliminator.

Season 2016/17Edit

Prior to the fourth season, the ownership of the Riders were transferred to Sohana Sports. The team rearranged its playing squad, with Shahid Afridi, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Shehzad and many other acclaimed cricketers. Shakib Al Hasan, the icon player from the previous edition was transferred to Dhaka Dynamites. The club also included rising star Babar Azam, hard-hitting all-rounder Dasun Shanaka in their squad and signing Sohag Gazi and Rubel Hossain proved beneficial for the bowling attack. Having Ziaur Rahman in the playing eleven who was also picked in the draft seemed useful as he provided some big hits when batting. Retaining Mohammad Mithun was a good call as he was the second highest run scorer for the team that season and Arafat Sunny took magical figures of 3/0 against Khulna Titans which proves he was also worth retaining.

The Riders started the season strong with a dominating victory against Chittagong Vikings, winning the match by 9 wickets with Mohammad Shahzad scoring 80 runs. The team continued its domination during its second game, getting Khulna Titans all out for 44, the lowest ever total in Bangladesh Premier League. They lost their way later on and finished fifth in the team rankings, thus, not qualifying for the playoffs.

Season 2017/18Edit

Previous icon player Soumya Sarkar left the team, resulting in the team announcing Mashrafe Mortaza as the new icon and captain. They signed Jamaican t20 specialist, Chris Gayle, one of the cleanest hitter of the cricket ball, former New Zealand captain and opener Brendon McCullum and Lankan genuine swinger, Lasith Malinga They also signed two English seam bowling all-rounder David Willey and Ravi Bopara. Their other squad members include West Indian leggie Samuel Badree and more. They Retained Rubel Hossain and Sohag Gazi. Both of them bowled well last season. The third retained player is Mohammad Mithun who was their second highest run scorer last season. They picked English batter Sam Hain, Afghan batting all-rounder Samiullah Shenwari, experienced orthodox spinners Abdur Razzak (cricketer) and more from the draft.

They picked 8 locals and 3 foreigners from the draft which is 1 more than the minimum requirement for each category. Their first pick was Shahriar Nafees, a prominent Bangladeshi batsman. The surprise picks were inexperienced and little-known Afghan chinaman bowler Zahir Khan.

Rangpur began their campaign with a win against Rajshahi Kings. They suffered a few defeats on the way but managed to qualify for the playoffs, finished 4th in the league stage, just enough for the qualification. In the eliminator against Khulna Titans, Chris Gayle won them the match with an unbeaten 126. In the 2nd qualifier against Comilla Victorians, Johnson Charles won them the match with his maiden century in t20 cricket. In the final, Chris Gayle once again smacked a hundred, this time a record 146*. The bowlers also did very well which won them their first championship. Their skipper Mashrafe Mortaza has now won 4 BPLs out of 5 for 3 different teams.

Season 2018/19Edit

Riders have retained Mashrafe Mortaza, Mohammad Mithun, Nazmul Islam, Ravi Bopara and Chris Gayle. They have also signed English opener Alex Hales and South African batsmen AB de Villiers. AB will play 9 matches and more if the team advances to the playoffs.

In the draft, they signed the likes of Shafiul Islam, Abul Hasan, Sohag Gazi and Nahidul Islam. They signed Rilee Rossouw, Benny Howell and Oshane Thomas from the international category.

RecordsEdit

Year Bangladesh Premier League
2013 League Stage
2015 Playoffs
2016 League Stage
2017 Champions
2019 Playoffs

SponsorshipEdit

Year Kit Manufacturers Shirt Sponsor (Chest) Shirt Sponsor (Back) Chest Branding
2015 Lotto BBS Cables Ltd Fresh Cement Industries Ltd Bangla Cash
2016 Sohana Sports Bashundhara Group Amin Mohammad Group Amber
2017 Social Islami Bank Limited Bashundhara Tissue Rupayan City Uttara
2019 Bashundhara Tissue Amin Mohammad Group

Current squadEdit

As of 16:00, Friday, May 17, 2019 (UTC)
  • 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
Batsmen
333 Chris Gayle   (1979-09-21) 21 September 1979 (age 39) Left-handed Right-arm off break 2017 Overseas
18 Alex Hales   (1989-01-03) 3 January 1989 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm medium 2018 Overseas
17 AB de Villiers   (1984-02-17) 17 February 1984 (age 35) Right-handed Right-arm medium 2018 Overseas
27 Rilee Rossouw   (1989-10-09) 9 October 1989 (age 29) Left-handed Right-arm off break 2018 Overseas
20 Nadif Chowdhury   (1987-04-21) 21 April 1987 (age 32) Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox 2018
77 Mehedi Maruf   (1988-04-04) 4 April 1988 (age 31) Right-handed Right-arm off break 2018
All-rounders
76 Farhad Reza   (1986-06-16) 16 June 1986 (age 32) Right-handed Right-arm medium 2018
10 Ravi Bopara   (1985-05-04) 4 May 1985 (age 34) Right-handed Right-arm medium 2017 Overseas
42 Sohag Gazi   (1991-08-05) 5 August 1991 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm off break 2016
14 Sean Williams   (1986-09-26) 26 September 1986 (age 32) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox 2018 Overseas
1 Benny Howell   (1988-10-05) 5 October 1988 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm medium 2018 Overseas
44 Nahidul Islam   (1993-07-19) 19 July 1993 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm off break 2017
Wicket-keepers
8 Mohammad Mithun   (1990-02-13) 13 February 1990 (age 29) Right-handed 2015
Fardeen Hasan Ony   (1997-11-27) 27 November 1997 (age 21) Left-handed 2018
Bowlers
2 Mashrafe Mortaza   (1983-10-05) 5 October 1983 (age 35) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast 2017 Captain
21 Nazmul Islam   (1991-03-21) 21 March 1991 (age 28) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox 2017
13 Shafiul Islam   (1989-10-06) 6 October 1989 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast 2018
29 Abul Hasan   (1992-08-05) 5 August 1992 (age 26) Left-handed Right-arm medium 2018
5 Oshane Thomas   (1997-02-18) 18 February 1997 (age 22) Left-handed Right-arm fast-medium 2018 Overseas
19 Sheldon Cottrell   (1989-08-19) 19 August 1989 (age 29) Right-handed Left-arm fast-medium 2018 Overseas
Shahidul Islam   (1995-01-05) 5 January 1995 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm medium 2018
Minhajul Abedin Afridi   Right-handed leg-break googly 2018


Administrators and support staffEdit

  • Head Coach:   Tom Moody
  • Bowling Coach:   Mohammad Rafique
  • Fielding Coach:   Fahim Alim
  • Team Manager:   Ishtiak Sadeque
  • Mentor:   Nazmul Abedin Fahim
  • Adviser:   Naimur Rahman
  • Chairman:   Mostofa Azad Mohiuddin
  • CEO:   Ishtiak Sadeque
  • Managing Director:   Safwan Sobhan
  • Director(s):   Mizanur Rahman, Jabed Iqbal

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.facebook.com/ridersofhope
  2. ^ "Rangpur Riders begin new journey with Bashundhara Group". Bashundhara Group.
  3. ^ "I Sports new BPL franchise". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  4. ^ "@MidnightRiders retweeted @ajvsell: "Remember that time @ridersofhope stole the @midnightriders logo?"". Twitter.
  5. ^ "Midnight Riders". Midnight Riders.

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