The upcoming season of the Bangladesh Premier League is all set to kick off on January 6 with a game between the Chattogram Challengers and the Sylhet Strikers in Mirpur. It is the 9th season of the league, which will have a total of 7 teams. The defending champions, Comilla Victorians, will enter the tournament to get their hands on their fourth title and become the most successful BPL team.
Comilla Victorians and Dhaka are the only teams that have won the BPL title three times each. Comilla won it in 2015, 2019, and 2022, respectively. The franchise has reached the BPL finals three times and has a 100 percent winning ratio. One of the reasons they perform consistently is their strong squad. The squads for the upcoming seasons have also been announced.
Comilla Victorians Squad 2023
Led by Littion Das, the Comilla Victorians are the favourites to win the upcoming season as well. The team looks pretty strong on paper, especially with the presence of big international stars. Former Bangladeshi coach Mohammad Salahuddin will be the head coach of the team. Although they will surely miss the services of Sunil Narine, Moeen Ali, and Faf du Plessis, who were part of the last season. But they have filled those gaps with some other international stars.
The batting department is studded with former No. 1 ranked batter Mohammad Rizwan along with Imrul Kayes, West Indian stars Brandon King and Chadwick Walton, and Pakistani big hitter Khusdil Shah with skipper Litton Das. Then, they have got two veteran all-rounders in Angelo Mathews, Muhammad Nabi, and Sean Williams. Thus, the batting department looks pretty strong for this team.
Then, the bowling department is even stronger. Two of the biggest names in the shorter format will be seen bowling side by side. Pakistani speedster Shaheen Afridi and Bangladeshi star pacer Mustafizur Rahman will be a deadly bowling combo for any batting order in the world. Veteran pacer Hasan Ali is also part of the team and adds to their bowling strength. Overall, this team has got all the things to win the successive BPL title.
CV BPL Players List: Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Rizwan, Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, Brandon King, Khushdil Shah, Abrar Ahmed, Josh Cobb, Mohammad Nabi, Litton Das (c), Mosaddek Hossain, Tanvir Islam, Imrul Kayes, Ashiquzzaman Jaker Ali, Sean Williams, Chadwick Walton, Saikat Ali, Abu Haider, Nayeem Hasan, Mukidul Islam, Mahidul Islam
Top Performers from the last season
Faf du Plessis and Moeen Ali were the star with the bat for the franchise and helped them to win their third BPL title. Litton Das was also among the runs, and his current form will surely help his team in the coming season.
|Faf du Plessis||11||295||101||36.87||134.09||1/1|
|Mahmudul Hasan Joy||11||235||65||26.11||115.19||0/1|
Top Bowlers from the last season
Mustafizur Rahman was the highest wicket-taker in the last season. Tanvir Islam and Shohidul Islam were also among the wickets that helped the franchise win its third title.