Rangpur Riders have registered for AB de Villiers for the 2018-19 BPL season as their second out of player draft, which will be held on Sunday. It establishes the delicious possibility of a Rangpur batting lineup that also includes Chris Gayle, whom the franchise retained after its fireworks at the end of last year, and Alex Hales, who signed earlier this month.
Apart from De Villiers and Hales, other recent signings featured in the BPL include David Warner for Sylhet Sixers and Andre Russell for Dhaka Dynamites. There was also interest in players from the Associated nations, with Sylhet harassing in the Nepal corridor Sandeep Lamichhane and Khulna signing the fast bowler American Ali Khan, who impressed at the CPL this year. Dhaka has picked up Hazratullah Zazai, who recently hit six six in more of the Afghan Premier League.
Each team has six players on their team before the draft. In total, each team can sign a maximum of 12 local players and nine abroad. Each side should include four foreign players on their XI playing this season.
Dhaka already has five foreign players in his current team of six, which means they will focus mainly on local players in the draft. Rangpur could add his squadrons and spinners to his squad to complement his star-studded lineup and a bowling attack containing Mashrafe Mortaza and Nazmul Islam. Sylhet has his first four classified with Warner, Liton Das, Nasir Hossain and Sabbir Rahman, so they will seek to strengthen their bowling attack and lower middle order that already includes Sohail Tanvir and Lamichhane.
In the draft, category A + (USD 200,000) will include Shahid Afridi, Imran Tahir and Evin Lewis, while category A (USD 150,000) will include Mohammad Hafeez, Faheem Ashraf, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga and Darren Bravo.
The BPL scheduled from January 5 to February 8, will clash with the UAE T20x and the Big Bash League in Australia.