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Khulna Titans
খুলনা টাইটানস
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League Bangladesh Premier League
Personnel
Captain Bangladesh Mahmudullah
Coach Sri Lanka Mahela Jayawardene
Bowling coach South Africa Alfonso Thomas
Owner Gemcon Group
Team information
City Khulna, Khulna Division, Bangladesh
Colours খুলনা টাইটানসের রঙ.svg
Founded 2012 (as Khulna Royal Bengals)
History
Bangladesh Premier League wins 0
Official website: www.khulnatitans.com
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T20I kit

Khulna Titans (Bengali: খুলনা টাইটানস) are a franchise Twenty20 cricket team representing the Khulna division in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), a Twenty20 cricket tournament. The franchise is owned by Gemcon Sports and was founded in 2016 as a replacement for the Khulna Royal Bengals who had participated in the first two seasons of the BPL. The Titans use Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Sylhet International Cricket Stadium and Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium for home games.

As of the 2016/17 season, the team is captained by Mahmudullah Riyad and coached by Stuart Law. The primary home ground of the team is the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna City.[1]

For the 2017/18 Bangladesh Premier League season Mahela Jayawardene was appointed as the head coach replacing Stuart Law who took up duties as the head coach of West Indies cricket team.[2]

History

The Khulna Royal Bengals team was originally formed by Orion Group and participated in the first two seasons of the Bangladesh Premier League in 2011/12 and 2012/13. Following the suspension of all of the BPL franchises following a range of financial and spot-fixing issues during the second season of the league, the original franchise was not re-established for the third season of the BPL in 2015/16.

Season overview

2011/12

Khulna Royal Bengals forged a strong side with the likes of Shakib Al Hasan as captain and some other well known players such as Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Dwayne Smith and Herschelle Gibbs. In the league stage, the team was pretty outstanding, advancing to the playoffs finishing only second to Dhaka Gladiators. However, they lost a cliffhanger to Dhaka in the semi finals, finishing off with a respectable outing

2012/13

After a strong last season, Khulna couldn’t make a team as strong as their previous campaign. This time they have Shahriar Nafees as captain who had Riki Wessels, Shapoor Zadran and more as company. Khulna had a disastrous season this time. Losing 75% of their 12 matches, finishing last at 7th.

2016/17

After a complete change in the franchise ownership and management Khulna Titans were established in advance of the 2016–17 Bangladesh Premier League. They had a stable team with the likes of sume talented Bangladeshi players such as Mahmudullah (icon), Shafiul Islam, Ariful Haque, Mosharraf Hossain. They added 9 overseas to their roster such as Riki Wessels, Junaid Khan, Lendl Simmons, Nicholas Pooran and Andre Fletcher. They were able to get to the playoffs but were defeated by both Rajshahi Kings and Dhaka Dynamites. They ended up second in the team rankings with Junaid Khan as their leading wicket-taker and Mahmudullah as the leading scorer. They won nail-biting encounters against Chittagong Vikings and Rajshahi Kings in the league stage. They finished with being known as 'the team with the best bowling attack' as two of their seamers (Junaid and Shafiul) were in the top 10 most wickets list for the tournament and had a rather disappointing Batting lineup as most batter failed to show their potential other than Ariful and their icon.

2017/18

They re-signed Mahmudullah Riyad as their icon while they also made contracts with South African cricketers Rilee Rossouw, Kyle Abbott, Aussie star Chris Lynn (will miss BPL due to injury), Windies's 2016 ICC World T20 hero Carlos Brathwaite and his national teammate Chadwick Walton. They also signed Englishman Dawid Malan and Lankan all-rounder Seekkuge Prasanna and more. They retained Junaid Khan, Ariful Haque, Shafiul Islam, Mosharraf Hossain Rubel and Benny Howell. Pakistani Wicket-Keeper batsman Sarfraz Ahmed, leg spinner Shadab Khan and Junaid will be unavailable for selection on a temporary basis due to domestic commitments. [3]

From the draft, the Titans signed 8 locals (more than minimum of 7) and 2 foreigners. Their first pick was bought Nazmul Hossain Shanto while the surprise picks were U19 skipper Saif Hassan and little-known local pacer Imran Ali and Barbados-born English cricketer Jofra Archer. The interesting thing about Imran is that he took a 5-wicket haul in his second List-A match.They signed Sri Lankan batting all-rounder Shehan Jayasuriya and other locals from the draft.

Khulna Titans had the strong start with a win against Sylhet Sixers. The team was pretty consistent throughout the tournament and finished 3rd in the league stage, hence qualifying to the playoffs. In the eliminator against Rangpur Riders a one man show from Chris Gayle, who struck an unbeaten 126, blew the Titans away and had them eliminated.

2018/19

Khulna Titans retained Mahmudullah Riyad, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Ariful Haque and Carlos Brathwaite. They also signed English batsman Dawid Malan and American fast bowler Ali Khan pre-draft.

In the draft, the Titans got the very first pick and signed wicket-keeper batsman Jahurul Islam. Their overseas signings in the draft included veteran seamer Lasith Malinga, leg-spinner Yasir Shah, wicket-keeper batsman Brendan Taylor and more. Some of their domestic picks were Junaid Siddiqui, Subashis Roy, Taijul Islam, the young left-arm seamer Shoriful Islam and more.

Records

Year Bangladesh Premier League
2012 Semi-finals
2013 League stage
2016 Playoffs
2017 Playoffs

Sponsorship

Year Kit Manufacturer Shirt sponsor (chest) Shirt sponsor (back) Chest Branding
2016 Gemcon Sports PRAN Zeera Pani Meena Bazar ULAB
2017 Shell Lubricants Gemcon City Limited Meena Bazar
2018

Current squad

As of 20:49, Saturday, November 17, 2018 (UTC)
No. Name Nat Birth Date Batting Style Bowling Style Signed Year Notes
Batsmen
29 Dawid Malan England (1987-09-03) 3 September 1987 (age 31) Left-handed Right-arm leg break 2018 Overseas
Sherfane Rutherford West Indies Cricket Board (1998-08-15) 15 August 1998 (age 20) Left-handed Right-arm fast-medium 2018 Overseas
99 Nazmul Hossain Shanto Bangladesh (1998-05-25) 25 May 1998 (age 20) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox 2017
Junaid Siddique Bangladesh (1987-10-30) 30 October 1987 (age 31) Left-handed Right-arm off break 2018
All-rounders
30 Mahmudullah Bangladesh (1986-02-04) 4 February 1986 (age 32) Right-handed Right-arm off break 2016 Captain
26 Carlos Brathwaite West Indies Cricket Board (1988-07-18) 18 July 1988 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast 2017 Overseas
71 Ariful Haque Bangladesh (1992-11-18) 18 November 1992 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast 2017
Al-Amin Bangladesh (1993-10-05) 5 October 1993 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm orthodox 2018
Wicket-keepers
1 Brendan Taylor Zimbabwe (1986-02-06) 6 February 1986 (age 32) Right-handed 2018 Overseas
13 Jahurul Islam Bangladesh (1986-12-12) 12 December 1986 (age 31) Right-handed 2018
Mahidul Islam Ankon Bangladesh (1998-05-25) 25 May 1998 (age 20) Right-handed 2018
Bowlers
99 Lasith Malinga Sri Lanka (1983-08-28) 28 August 1983 (age 35) Right-handed Right-arm fast medium 2018 Overseas
86 Yasir Shah Pakistan (1986-05-02) 2 May 1986 (age 32) Right-handed Right-arm legbreak 2018 Overseas
23 Ali Khan United States (1990-12-13) 13 December 1990 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm fast medium 2018 Overseas
Zahir Khan Afghanistan (1998-12-20) 20 December 1998 (age 19) Left-handed Left-arm chinaman 2018 Overseas
12 Taijul Islam Bangladesh (1992-02-07) 7 February 1992 (age 26) Left-handed Left-arm orthodox 2018
10 Subashis Roy Bangladesh (1988-11-29) 29 November 1988 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm fast medium 2018
Shoriful Islam Bangladesh (2001-06-03) 3 June 2001 (age 17) Right-handed Right-arm fast medium 2018
Tanvir Islam Bangladesh (1996-10-25) 25 October 1996 (age 22) Leftt-handed Leftt-arm orthodox 2018

Administration and support staff

References

  1. ^ "Khulna Titans target exciting cricket in BPL". Dhaka Tribune. 29 September 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Mahela Jayawardene named coach of Bangladesh Premier League side Khulna Titans".
  3. ^ https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017–18_National_T20_Cup

External links

  • Khulna Titans Website
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