Mustafizur to be BPL’s eighth icon player

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Dhaka, Bangladesh - Mustafizur Rah­man will be the eighth A-plus cat­e­gory player in the 2017-18 Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). The BPL gov­ern­ing coun­cil has also an­nounced that a fran­chise can field up to five over­seas play­ers in its XI (min­i­mum three), as was the case in the 2012 and 2013 edi­tions.

Mustafizur had missed the BPL's 2016-17 sea­son since he was re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing fol­low­ing shoul­der surgery. He will now be up for grabs un­til Au­gust 24, when the fran­chises have to an­nounce their icon and re­tained play­ers from last sea­son.

So far Mashrafe Mor­taza has been signed up by Rang­pur Rid­ers while Khulna Titans and Comilla Vic­to­ri­ans have an­nounced Mah­mudul­lah and Tamim Iqbal as their icons.

Shakib Al Hasan re­mains with Dhaka Dy­na­mites while ESPNcricinfo has learned that Mush­fiqur Rahim is in talks with Ra­jshahi Kings.

Only icon play­ers have the right to choose their teams, the BPL sec­re­tary Is­mail Haider Mal­lick has said. Sab­bir Rah­man, Soumya Sarkar and Mustafizur will now ne­go­ti­ate with the three re­main­ing fran­chises - Barisal Bulls, Chit­tagong Vik­ings and Syl­het.

Mal­lick also in­formed that a fran­chise had to sign at least 13 lo­cal and two over­seas play­ers from the draft that is sched­uled to be held on Septem­ber 16. He added that the tour­na­ment would now be­gin on Novem­ber 2 in­stead of Novem­ber 4.

Mustafizur Rah­man

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