Sylhet Thunder (Bengali: সিলেট থান্ডার, Sylheti: ꠍꠤꠟꠦ꠆ꠑ ꠍꠤꠇꠍꠣꠞꠡ) is a professional cricket franchise team based in Sylhet, Bangladesh. The team competes in the Bangladesh Premier League. The franchise made their debut at the 2017 Bangladesh Premier League.
|League||Bangladesh Premier League|
|Owner||Bangladesh Cricket Board (2019–20)|
|City||Sylhet, Sylhet Division, Bangladesh|
|Founded||2012 (as Sylhet Royals); 2015 (as Sylhet Super Stars); 2017 (as Sylhet Sixers)|
|Home ground||Sylhet International Stadium, Sylhet|
|Bangladesh Premier League wins||0|
The Sixers play their home games at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium. The team is owned by Sylhet Sports Limited in care of Bangladesh's former Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith. His son, Shahed Muhith is the Chairman of team. The Sixers announced Waqar Younis as head coach and International Cricketer, David Warner as captain for the 6th edition of Bangladesh Premier League. Former Bangladesh National Cricket Team all-rounder Alok Kapali took over as captain after Warner's departure, due to injury.
On 16 November 2019, 24Bazar.biz was named as the sponsor of the team and it was renamed to Sylhet Thunder.
Sylhet Sixers is a new Franchisee, created in 2017, competing in Bangladesh Premier League, chaired by architect, social activist and IT Specialist Shahed Muhit. The team's management has extensive experience in sports team management. The management intends to use the team to bridge the gap between the cricket stars and passionate fans and engage the youth to divert their focus to wholesome sporting activities. Sylhet Sixers is the brainchild of a Bangladesh MP, Abul Maal Abdul Muhit. A management team composed of former cricketers, coaches, lawyers, business entrepreneurs formed to start the Sylhet Sixers. Mr. Maashed R. Abdullah and Mr. Yasir Obaid both textile entrepreneurs had joined the Sixers as Managing Director and CEO respectively.
The Sylhet Franchise returned to BPL under the Sylhet Sixers banner. The team's icon player was Sabbir Rahman and was captained by all-rounder Nasir Hossain. They lured wicket-keeper Nurul Hasan and orthodox spinner and Taijul Islam as pre-draft signings. Their foreign player signings included Krishmar Santokie, Babar Azam, Liam Plunkett, Andre Fletcher, Upul Tharanga, Ross Whitely and more.
At the draft, pacer Abul Hasan was their first pick. Their first foreign pick was Lankan all-rounder Chaturanga de Silva. Their surprise picks were little-known, inexperienced Pakistani pacer Ghulam Mudassar, averaging more than 40 with the ball and picking up a solitary wicket in the 2 matches.
The team started their campaign with 4 wins in a row on their home turf. Andre Fletcher and Upul Tharanga turned out to be destructive at the top. Skipper Nasir Hossain bowled well so did Liam Plunkett. The Sixers suffered a series of injuries as the tournament went on. In the end, the Sixers finished 5th on the points table.
The Sixers decided to retain Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain and Pakistani all-rounder Sohail Tanvir. They signed Bangladesh National Cricket Team opener and wicket-keeper Liton Das as their icon player. Outside the draft, they signed Australian batsman David Warner. They also signed English opening batsman Jason Roy, Nepali leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane, South African Imran Tahir, Wayne Parnell and Pakistani all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz.
At the draft, Sylhet signed the likes of Taskin Ahmed, Al-Amin Hossain, Afif Hossain and Alok Kapali from the domestic category. Their international signings from the draft included Mohammad Irfan, Andre Fletcher, Gulbadin Naib to name a few.
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. The team is owned and managed by BCB itself.
|Year||Bangladesh Premier League||Team Name|
|2012||League Stage||Sylhet Royals|
|2015||League stage||Sylhet Super Stars|
|2017||League stage||Sylhet Sixers|
|2019||League stage||Sylhet Sixers|
|2019-20||League stage||Sylhet Thunders|
Kit manufacturers and sponsorsEdit
|Year||Kit Manufacturers||Shirt Sponsor (Chest)||Shirt Sponsor (Back)||Chest Branding|
|2017||Eastern Housing Limited||Bengal Group||Walton Group|
|2020||United International University||Rupayan Group; Saif Powertec|
- 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|
|31||Rony Talukdar||10 October 1990||Right-handed||Right-arm slow-medium||2019|
|36||Abdul Mazid||1 January 1991||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||2019|
|37||Rubel Mia||5 August 1992||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||2019|
|32||Mosaddek Hossain||10 December 1995||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||2019||Captain|
|42||Sohag Gazi||5 August 1991||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||2019|
|50||Sherfane Rutherford||15 August 1998||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||2019||Overseas|
|88||Jeevan Mendis||15 January 1983||Left-handed||Leg-break||2019||Overseas|
|25||Nazmul Hossain Milon||11 September 1987||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||2019|
|8||Mohammad Mithun||13 February 1990||Right-handed||—||2019|
|25||Johnson Charles||14 January 1989||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast||2019||Overseas|
|25||Shafiqullah||7 August 1989||Right-handed||—||2019||Overseas|
|77||Andre Fletcher||27 November 1987||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast||2019||Overseas|
|21||Nazmul Islam||21 March 1991||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox||2019|
|33||Nayeem Hasan||2 December 2000||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||2019|
|58||Ebadot Hossain||7 January 1994||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||2018|
|88||Naveen-ul-Haq||23 September 1999||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast||2019||Overseas|
|19||Sheldon Cottrell||19 August 1989||Right-handed||Left-arm fast-medium||2019||Overseas|
|7||Mohammad Sami||24 February 1981||Right-handed||Right-arm fast||2019||Overseas|
|45||Krishmar Santokie||20 December 1984||Left-handed||Left-arm fast-medium||2019||Overseas|
|96||Delwar Hossain||1 January 1985||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||2019|
|35||Monir Hossain||27 January 1985||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox||2019|
Administration and support staffEdit
- "7 teams announced for Bangabandhu BPL". daily Bangladesh. 16 November 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.