Rajshahi Royals sign Russell, Malik

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Rajshahi Royals have strengthened their squad with two direct signing after the Players Draft of upcoming edition of Bangabandhu BPL T20 2019. Rajshahi added two experienced T20 all-rounder Andre Russell (West Indies) and Shoaib Malik (Pakistan) as their two direct recruitment.

Sylhet Thunder also added two more members to their squad. They made their one direct signing with left-arm fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell (West Indies). Thunders also added Bangladesh fast bowler Ebadat Hossain who was played for the Tigers in the Test series against India. So far Ebadat played 5 T20s and picked up 7 wickets.

Among the other teams, Chottogram Challangers added West Indian opener Lendl Simmons and Bangladeshi leg spinner Jubair Hossain from outside the draft. Jamuna Bank Dhaka Platoon announced veteran Mohammad Salauddin as their head coach for the season.

Updated squad for the teams are :

Rajshahi RoyalsLiton Kumar Das, Afif Hossain, Abu Jayed Chowdhury Rahi, Farhad Reza, Ravi Bopara (England), Hazratullah Zazai (Afghanistan), Taijul Islam, Alok Kapali, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Irfan Sukkur, Mohammad Nawaz (Pakistan), Mohammad Irfan (Pakistan), Minhajul Abedin Afridi, Nahidul Islam, Andre Russell (West Indies) and Shoaib Malik (Pakistan).

Sylhet ThunderMohammad Mithun, Mosaddek Hossain, Nazmul Islam Apu, Sohag Gazi, Sherfane Rutherford (West Indies), Shafiqullah, Rony Talukdar, Nayeem Hasan, Delwar Hossain, Monir Hossain, Johnson Charles (West Indies), Naveen-ul-Haq (Afghanistan), Ruyel Miah, Jeevan Mendis (Sri Lanka), Sheldon Cottrell (West Indies) and Ebadat Hossain.

Chattogram ChallengersMahmudullah , Imrul Kayes, Nasir Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Chris Gayle (West Indies), Kesrick Williams (West Indies), Nurul Hasan, Enamul Haque, Muktar Ali, Pinak Ghosh, Avishka Fernando (Sri Lanka), Rayad Emrit (West Indies), Nasum Ahmed, Junaid Siddique, Ryan Burl (Zimbabwe), Imad Wasim (Pakistan), Lendl Simmons (West Indies) and Jubair Hossain.

Jamuna Bank Dhaka Platoon : Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Hasan Mahmud, Mahedi Hasan, Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka), Laurie Evans (England), Ariful Haque, Mominul Haque, Shuvagata Hom, Wahab Riaz (Pakistan), Asif Ali (Pakistan), Raqibul Hasan, Jaker Ali, Shahid Afridi (Pakistan), Luis Reece (England).

Premier Bank Khulna TigersMushfiqur Rahim, Shafiul Islam, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Aminul Islam, Rilee Rossouw (South Africa), Robert Frylinck (South Africa), Shamsur Rahman, Saif Hassan, Mehedi Hasan, Shahidul Islam, Mohammad Amir (Pakistan), Najibullah Zadran (Afghanistan), Tanvir Islam, Aliss Islam, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (Afghanistan).

 Cumilla WarriorsSoumya Sarkar, Al-Amin Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Yasir Ali, Kusal Perera (Sri Lanka), Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afghanistan), Sunzamul Islam, Abu Hider, Mahidul Islam Ankon, Sumon Khan, Dawid Malan (England), Dasun Shanaka (Sri Lanka),  Fardeen Hasan Ony.

Rangpur RangersMustafizur Rahman, Naim Sheikh, Arafat Sunny, Jahurul Islam, Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan), Shai Hope (West Indies), Taskin Ahmed, Zakir Hasan, Fazle Mahmud, Nadif Chowdhury, Rishad Hossain, Lewis Gregory (England), Cameron Delport (South Africa), Sanjit Saha.