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Update Bangabandhu T20 Cup: Mushfiqur picked by Dhaka, Shakib goes to Khulna
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In what came as a surprise to many, Mushfiqur Rahim was picked ahead of Shakib Al Hasan during the Bangabandhu T20 Cup players draft held on Thursday (November 12). Beximco Dhaka, who had the first pick, opted for the wicketkeeper-batsman while Shakib was snapped up by Gemcon Khulna who had the second pick.

Fortune Barishal got hold of Tamim Iqbal in the first round while Gazi Group Chattogram bagged Mustafizur Rahman. Minister Rajshahi opted for all-rounder Saifuddin, from Grade B, as their first pick while the rest of the players chosen in the first round all belonged to Grade A.

A total of 157 cricketers were part of the draft list, having passed a fitness test earlier. The players were divided into four categories. There were five Players in Grade A - who will earn BDT 15 Lakh - while cricketers in Grade B, C, and D will receive BDT 10 Lakh, BDT 6 Lakh and BDT 4 Lakh respectively.

Beximco Dhaka's decision to not opt for Shakib might have to do with what happened in the Bangladesh Premier League. Shakib, who was part of Dhaka Dynamites - which is also owned by Beximco - left the team and signed up to play for the Rangpur Riders in the BPL. According to some franchises, the rift over getting Shakib to play for their team forced the BPL to be postponed.

Shakib, is all set to return to competitive cricket after serving a one-year ban by ICC for failing to report a corrupt approach.

Meanwhile, Mahmudullah, who was expected to be picked in the first round, was instead chosen in the second with Gemcon Khulna bagging his services. The T20 captain is currently in isolation, having been tested positive for COVID-19 which forced him to miss the PSL playoffs.

Former ODI skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza was not part of the draft list as he sustained an injury. The board, however, has made a provision that he can be bought outside the draft and will be eligible to play if he manages to get fit at some point during the tournament.

The T20 tournament will be the second competition to be conducted by the BCB in the Covid environment. A three-team 50-over competition was recently held, with cricketers and members of the team management placed in a bio-bubble. The BCB, meanwhile, was not convinced about hosting the remaining part of Dhaka Premier League - the country's traditional 50-over tournament involving clubs from Dhaka, which is considered to be a major source of income for the majority of cricketers in Bangladesh.

The DPL came to an abrupt halt in March after completion of the first round of the tournament. The players involved in it were hoping for some sort of a road map to resume cricket and the upcoming domestic T20 tournament is a step in that direction taken by the BCB.

Squads for Bangabandhu T20 Cup

Beximco Dhaka - Mushfiqur Rahim, Rubel Hossain, Tanjid Hossain Tamim, Shahadat Hossain Dipu, Nasum Ahmed, Naim Sheikh, Nayeem Hasan, Akbar Ali, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Sabbir Rahman, Mehedi Hasan Rana, Muqtar Ali, Shafiqul Islam, Abu Haider Rony, Pinak Ghosh, Robiul Islam Robi

Gemcon Khulna - Shakib Al Hasan , Mahmudullah Riyad, Imrul Kayes, Hasan Mahmud, Anamul Haque Bijoy, Al Amin Hossain, Shamim Patwary, Ariful Haque, Shafiul Haque, Shuvagata Hom Chowdhury, Shahidul Islam, Rishad Hossain, Zakir Hasan, Nazmul Islam Apu, Salman Hossain, Jahirul Islam

Fortune Barishal - Tamim Iqbal, Afif Hossain Dhrubo, Taskin Ahmed, Irfan Sukkur, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Abu Jayed, Towhid Hridoy, Tanvir Islam, Sumon Khan, Saif Hassan, Aminul Islam Biplob, Mahidul Islam Ankon, Parvez Hossain Emon, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Abu Sayem, Sohrawardi Shuvo

Gazi Group Chottogram - Mustafizur Rahman, Litton Kumer Das, Mohammad Mithun, Soumya Sarkar, Shoriful Islam, Ziaur Rahman, Taijul Islam, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Shamsr Rahman, Nahidul Islam, Shykat Ali, Mominul Haque, Rakibul Hasan, Sanjit Saha, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Mehadi Hasan

Minister Rajshahi - Saifuddin, Mahedi Hasan, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Quazi Nurul Hasan Sohan, Mohammad Ashraful, Farhad Reza, Arafat Sunny, Ebadat Hossain, Fazle Mahmud Rabbi, Rony Talukder, Anisul Emon, Rezaur Rahman, Jaker Ali Anik, Rakibul Hasan, Muqidul Islam Mugdho, Sunzamul Islam.

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