Gladiators look for winning start

Dhaka Gladiators will be looking to make a winning start when they face Khulna Royal Bengals in their opening match of the maiden Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium today. Both the franchises contain former skippers of the national team. The men in orange, Gladiators will be led Mashrafee bin Murtaza alongside team’s icon player and another former national

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BCB to probe ‘spot-fixing’ approach

The Bangladesh Cricket Board on Friday formed a four-member committee to investigate the alleged spot-fixing approach made to Bangladesh Premier League franchise Dhaka Gladiators captain Masrafee bin Murtaza. BCB senior vice-president Mahbub Anam will head the committee that also included BPL governing council chairman Gazi Ashraf Hossain and secretary Sirajuddin Mohammed Alamgir,

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BPL in a spot of bother

Mashrafe receives spot-fixing offer
The money-spinning Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 is set to kick off today at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, but it was the spot-fixing allegation that hogged all the spotlight yesterday, even dwarfing the much hyped opening ceremony.
Pace spearhead Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, the captain of the Dhaka Gladiators, has told two

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BPL T20: The low-down

The much talked-about Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 will roll into action today. Hopefully all the negative talk surrounding the BCB’s new venture will be swept under the carpet, at least for a while, as the action begins in earnest with the match between Barisal Burners and Sylhet Royals which starts from 2pm at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. Chittagong Kings take on Duronto Rajshahi at

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Cricket goes glamorous today

Many fear launching of BPL will open floodgates
Just as Twenty20s have divided cricket followers the world over, there remains similar apprehension on what the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) is bringing to the table for the country’s cricket.
A rumbustious opening ceremony will kick off proceedings at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium today with the first matches following up tomorrow and it is more than likely that large

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Dhaka Gladiators reconfirm availability of Afridi, Ajmal

Dhaka Gladiators reconfirmed the availability of Pakistan superstar Shahid Afridi in the first edition of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) in the wake of his presence in Bangladesh once again being questioned. A media release sent by the Gladiators on Sunday said that Afridi and his compatriot Saeed Ajmal will be available for the Dhaka franchise on February 28 and

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BPL won’t change rule for Sylhet

Bangladesh Premier League’s governing council are adamant to keep the icon players’ magnitude intact after one franchise protested their latest ruling.
The Sylhet Royals are urging the authorities to change the decision that was taken on Saturday which had the six icons — Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shahriar Nafees, Alok Kapali

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Good and bad news for BPL

Icons get $210k
It was a mixed day for the Bangladesh Premier League as an international cricketer turned down the chance to play the competition’s inaugural season. At the same time, the proposed link with a major television channel could boost the Twenty20 tournament.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy has put his own country’s domestic and international

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Sylhet franchise targets Akram

Most of the franchises have started to move forward with their Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) teams following their acquirements during the bidding programme on Tuesday.
The players’ list has also been confirmed and given to the franchises. Eighty-two local players will be put together under three categories. Six top cricketers — Mashrafe Bin Mortaza,

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Chittagong priciest at $1.2m

The six franchises of the Bangladesh Premier League were sold off in a trice. In the hour-long bidding programme held at a local hotel in the city yesterday, only one franchise was sold at a significantly higher price than the base price while the others barely got off the ground.
The absence of big corporate houses was a point raised by the franchise owners though they

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Bobby turns down BPL job

The fate of proposed T20 tournament uncertain
Bangla-desh Cricket Board vice-president Ahmed Sazzadul Alam Bobby said on Friday that he has declined to take the responsibility of co-ordinator for the proposed Bangladesh Premier League.
Bobby’s name was proposed by the president of the Bangladesh Cricket Board long ago as the board was eying to host a Twenty20 competition in the shape of cash-rich

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