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Who’s playing in the Bangladesh Premier League?

Bowled on 6th February, 2013 at 15:11 by
Category: Bangladesh

Twenty20 leagues all operate in the same way. They try and attract as many stars as possible and then they use local players as padding. However, different leagues have to settle for different stars.

Some players will turn up for anything. Azhar Mahmood, Dirk Nannes, Shaun Tait – obviously all of these guys are going to be appearing in the Bangladesh Premier League. But who else is there? Who else has flown over to Bangladesh for an unlikely payday?

Here are our favourites:

How do these deals come about? Who contacts whom? Were Rangpur Riders desperate to have Cameron Borgas in their side? Did they stop at nothing to secure his services?

How does Daniel Smith get a contract? He’s not a professional cricketer. Presumably he doesn’t have an agent. How did Khulna Royal Bengals get hold of him?

How in hell does Chris Liddle find himself in the same team as Tillakaratne Dilshan, Shakib Al Hasan and Shahid Afridi? What evidence was put in front of the Dhaka Gladiators management team that made them say: “Yes! Chris Liddle is the man for us. Those six, penetrating overs he bowled against the touring West Indians last year in that washed out fixture at Hove have utterly convinced us. He completely outbowled Kirk Ogilvy Wernars in what was technically a first-class fixture and there aren’t many people who can say they’ve done that.

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  1. Reply
    sam   //   February 6th, 2013 at 15:17

    Ah, Darren Stevens. The journeyman’s journeyman.

    When Darren Stevens made his first class debut, Josh Cobb was seven years old.

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    Bert   //   February 6th, 2013 at 16:03

    Did you not get invited, KC? We’re all playing in it – me, Ged, Sam, Ceci, Smudge, Dandy Dan… Sarah is opening the bowling for the Barisal Bunsen Burners! Apparently the clubs just trawled through all the cricket websites they could find and picked people based on their depth of understanding of cricket. I can’t believe they missed you! I got in ‘cos I said something about shutting your eyes and slogging or something. And we each get a million Stanford Dollars a match! It’s great. I can’t believe you’re not here. You and Charles Colvile seem to be the only ones missing.

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    Deep Cower   //   February 6th, 2013 at 16:10

    I eagerly clicked on the links only to find they didn’t lead to your articles about these sportsmen, but to their cricinfo profiles. To make up for this, I ask that you start writing an article on each of the aforementioned cricketers.

    If you need to find a way get out of this, you could contact Ajay Shirke.

    • King Cricket   //   February 6th, 2013 at 16:11

      We could just direct all of the links to this page.

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    Dirran Stevons   //   February 6th, 2013 at 21:54

    Darren Stevens is awesome.

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    The Dawg   //   February 6th, 2013 at 22:01

    Darren Stevens is awesome.

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    thesaurusrus   //   February 6th, 2013 at 22:56

    Is Charles Coventry the only famous cricketer named after a Midland’s city?
    Darren Stevens is awesome

    • Howe   //   February 6th, 2013 at 23:36

      The Earl of Leicester played cricket

    • Howe   //   February 6th, 2013 at 23:37

      Also Derbyshire had a fast bowler in the 1920s who was called Derby Loney

    • Ged   //   February 7th, 2013 at 10:55

      Lester King?

      http://www.espncricinfo.com/westindies/content/player/52293.html

      I’ll get my coat.

    • Ged   //   February 7th, 2013 at 11:03

      Ben Stokes

    • King Cricket   //   February 7th, 2013 at 11:07

      We’ve a suspicion Charles Coventry might have used our West Indian cricketer name generator.

    • sam   //   February 7th, 2013 at 13:01

      Ah, the famous 113 comment thread. Thems were the days.

    • Jayne   //   February 10th, 2013 at 00:24

      Geurts Appleton

      Not too bad.

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    John   //   February 6th, 2013 at 22:58

    They’re probably the only players willing to take IOUs as payment.

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    The Smudge   //   February 6th, 2013 at 22:59

    Maybe Cameron Borgas got his place through being Jason’s brother.

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    Dharmbat1   //   February 6th, 2013 at 23:02

    Why is Riki Wessels called Riki? Neither his first name nor his middle name bear any resemblance to the name Riki. Also, should it not be ‘Ricky’? It’s this kind of thing that makes me lose faith in humanity.
    *obligatory Darren Stevens is awesome*

    • King Cricket   //   February 7th, 2013 at 07:29

      HendRIK, we guess.

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    Howe   //   February 6th, 2013 at 23:35

    Most of the players you’re bagging bowl seam so it’s safe to say their local replacements would be worse regardless.

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    vastrap   //   February 7th, 2013 at 04:30

    Darren Stevens is awesome. His cricinfo article states he played for Dhaka Gladiators and Dhaka Gladiators.

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    nnn   //   February 7th, 2013 at 06:54

    should sign The Perundi.

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    Nick   //   February 7th, 2013 at 11:15

    That photograph of Daniel Smith

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/bangladesh-premier-league-2013/content/player/7644.html

    makes him look like he’s lived underground his whole life and has just been shown sunlight for the first time. Either that or he’s a cross between a man and a startled ferret. It’s magnificent.

    Thank Christ for helmets.

    • King Cricket   //   February 7th, 2013 at 11:44

      Indeed. Why go with the nickname ‘Smithy’ when they could have used ‘The Troglodyte’ or something like that?

    • Bert   //   February 7th, 2013 at 13:39

      Is he on drugs? He is an Australian sportsman after all.

    • sam   //   February 7th, 2013 at 13:53

      Re Aussie drugs, I wonder if any names are going to be named in the cricket world.

      Maybe we should start naming some names here.

      You go first.

    • Bert   //   February 7th, 2013 at 14:27

      Shane Warne.

      Your turn.

    • King Cricket   //   February 7th, 2013 at 14:39

      We’re just naming names, right? We’re not naming names for any particular reason. There’s no MEANING behind our naming these names. They’re just names. That we’re naming.

      Matthew Hayden.

    • sam   //   February 7th, 2013 at 14:45

      Wild horses wouldn’t drag the words Brendon Julian from my lips

    • string   //   February 7th, 2013 at 16:17

      I recently named Matthew Hayden’s name “Execution of Personal Nomenclature Skillset”.

    • sam   //   February 7th, 2013 at 16:30

      He’s certainly demonstrating the skillset required to execute such a moniker.

    • Bert   //   February 7th, 2013 at 18:09

      Warwick Armstrong, who’s:

      a) Clearly on drugs
      b) Too dead to sue for the defamation above
      c) Named after a Midlands city

    • Deep Cower   //   February 7th, 2013 at 21:17

      Don Bradman.

    • Howe   //   February 7th, 2013 at 21:31

      I heard don bradman practised as a boy hitting a ball with a stump while on lsd no wonder he was so good

    • Ged   //   February 9th, 2013 at 02:59

      Warwick is a town, not a city, Bert.

      Yes, this comment is sad.

      Sadder even because I thought of Warwick Armstrong first time around and Googled to find out whether or not Warwick (and Stoke) qualified as Cities.

      I should have better things to do, I do have better things to do…

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    daneel   //   February 7th, 2013 at 21:46

    Arthur Shrewsbury
    Dudley Nourse (okay, it’s a town, whatever)

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    thesaurusrus   //   February 7th, 2013 at 22:46

    I think drugs were legal when Don Bradman played, Did we ever find out the current Australian Test squad player unofficially warned for taking cocaine on the 24th Oct 2012?

    • sam   //   February 8th, 2013 at 17:36

      Is that a real thing?

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    thesaurusrus   //   February 7th, 2013 at 22:47

    Forget the comma out of place, i hardly ever post here.

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    Michael Taylor   //   February 9th, 2013 at 01:04

    We should all be playing in the BPL. They don’t pay you to play. As long as you can afford the airfare to get there!

    Which explains why Dan Smith is playing – as he is not a professional cricketer he doesn’t need to be paid.

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    North by West   //   February 9th, 2013 at 10:01

    Dan Smith also plays for the Sydney Sixers after the Sydney Thunder, who probably wouldn’t beat any team in the BPL, dropped him from their squad.

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    Cricket   //   February 10th, 2013 at 19:13

    T20 leagues like BBL, IPL etc will completely destroy Test cricket one day.

    • Livescore   //   February 11th, 2013 at 06:01

      You tell them, Cricket..

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    NSPreranathegreat   //   April 8th, 2013 at 03:13

    Are Indians allowed in slpl?

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    NSPreranathegreat   //   April 8th, 2013 at 03:14

    Are Indians allowed in BLPL?

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    Pratheek N S Raja   //   April 8th, 2013 at 15:17

    I like IPL

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