Mustafizur to be BPL’s eighth icon player
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.