Rangpur rope in Mashrafe as Icon for BPL-5
Sports Correspondent :
Bangladesh ODI skipper Mashrafe Mortaza, right, and Rangpur Riders Chief Executive Ishtiaque Sadeque pose for a photograph on Friday, after Mashrafe’s confirmation for Rangpur for the upcoming Bangladesh Premier League.
Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) franchise Rangpur Riders have announced their most crucial signing—the Icon player, for the upcoming fifth season of BPL. Bangladesh’s ODI skipper Mashrafe Mortaza will be wearing Rangpur’s jersey in this year’s BPL, their Chief Executive Ishtiaque Sadeque confirmed Daily Sun on Friday.
In the previous edition of BPL, Mashrafe was in-charge of Comilla Victorians and led them to the title of BPL 2015.
But he faced some obstacles to maintain his team in 2016 season as there was a rumour that he will join a new team this year.
Country’s largest business conglomerate Bashundhara Group has taken over the charge of Rangpur Riders on May this year.
Rangpur have already recruited five overseas players for this season. They have confirmed West Indian leg-spinner Samuel Badree and batsman Johnson Charles and power hitter Chris Gayle, Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera and England’s Ravi Bopara for their side.
Besides, Mashrafe will play cricket with his fans and journalists at Scholastica Indoor Stadium in Mirpur Saturday, reports UNB.
Mashrafe, the most inspirational national one-day side skipper and iconic cricketer of Bangladesh, will play four matches where three-over will be played in each match.
The 33-year old also known as ‘Narail Express’ will also have a session there to tell the tale to his fans and journalists that how he grew-up and become a celebrity cricketer.
Besides, he will share about the contemporary topics of cricket with journalists in the programme, organised by Lava International, a multinational mobile phone set manufacturing company.
The first genuine pace bowler of Bangladesh, Mashrafe is very much popular among the cricket fraternity for his will power to continue with national side, recovering the knee injuries. He had undergone surgery for seven times on his leg, knees and ankles.
Mashrafe started his career with national side in November 2001 and so far played 36 Tests, 179 ODIs and 54 T20Is.
Mashrafe captained Bangladesh Test side in one match, 37 ODIs and in 26 T20Is. Under his captaincy, Bangladesh tasted one win in Test format, 23 wins in ODI and 9 wins in T20I format.
Under his leadership, the Tigers played their first ever semi-final in an ICC event, in the recently concluded Champions Trophy in England.