Dispute over Dilshan clouds BPL

October 23, 2015

The Bangladesh Premier League players’ draft did not end without dispute on Thursday as two franchises claimed to have picked Sri Lankan cricketer Tillakaratne Dilshan.
The BPL authority allowed teams to pick maximum nine foreign players outside the draft and asked them to submit a list with proper documents. Both Rangpur Riders and Chittagong Vikings included Dilshan in their list, creating confusion.
Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan said BPL governing council will now give a ruling over the matter after verifying the documents.
BPL governing council secretary Ismail Haider Mallick said if necessary they will block the player’s participation in this edition.
‘We will look into the matter and have the right to suspend any player from taking part in the tournament,’ said Mallick.
‘It can also happen that a team had paid while the other team could not make it. We cannot comment without judging the documents,’ he said.
Mallick added that teams need to show their agreement papers immediately to make sure they have signed certain cricketer.
Sylhet Superstars are the only defaulter so far in this regard as they are yet to submit any document for any player, though the franchise claimed that they have got the signature of Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi, England’s Ravi Bopara, Australia’s Brad Hodge and Sri Lanka’s Ajantha Mendis.
Comilla Victorians claimed to have brought Shoaib Malik and Ahmed Shehzad from Pakistan, Sunil Narine, Marlon Samuels and Krishmar Santokie from West Indies.
Dhaka Dynamites submitted the documents of their correspondence with Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka, Ryan ten Doeschate of Netherlands, Nasir Jamshed, Yasir Shah and Mohammad Irfan of Pakistan.
Barisal Bulls said they have West Indies superstar Chris Gayle at their disposal alongside Zimbabwe’s Brendon Taylor, West Indies’ Kevin Cooper and Evin Lewis.
Chittagong Vikings informed the BPL authority that they have Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Sri Lanka’s Chamara Kapugedara and Elton Chigambura of Zimbabwe.
Rangpur Riders announced that they have picked up former West Indies captain Darren Sammy, opener Lendol Simmons and Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera.

-With New Age input

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