Rajshahi Kings

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Rajshahi Kings
রাজশাহী কিংস
Rajshahi Kings.png
League Bangladesh Premier League
Captain Bangladesh Mushfiqur Rahim
Coach New Zealand Daniel Vettori
Owner Mango Entertainment Limited
Team information
City Rajshahi, Rajshahi Division, Bangladesh
Colors রাজশাহী কিংসের রঙ.svg
Founded 2012 (as Duronto Rajshahi)
Bangladesh Premier League wins 0
Official website: rajshahikings.com

T20I kit

Rajshahi Kings (Bengali: রাজশাহী কিংস) are a Bangladeshi franchise Twenty20 cricket team. The team is based in Rajshahi in Bangladesh and competes in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), a Twenty20 franchise cricket competition. The team is captained by Mushfiqur Rahim due to Darren Sammy taking leave for his family.


Logo of Duronto Rajshahi

Duronto Rajshahi participated in the first two seasons of the Bangladesh Premier League in 2011/12 and 2012/13.[1] Following the suspension of all BPL franchises after the second season of the league, the Rajshahi Kings were formed in advance of the 2016/17 Bangladesh Premier League following a complete change in the team ownership and management. They competed in the fourth edition of the BPL in late 2016, losing in the final to the Dhaka Dynamites. On 6 October 2016, Darren Sammy was announced the captain of the side.[2]

Season overview


The kings were the other new team alongside Khulna Titans participating this year. They signed Mohammad Sami and Darren Sammy (who was later on made the skipper) pre-draft. As they were one the new teams, the kings were allowed to select two local cricketers in the draft before the initial procedure. They selected Mehedi Hasan and Nurul Hasan. They signed Sri Lankan opener Upul Tharanga (missed whole tournament due to national commitments), English all-rounder Samit Patel and more from the overseas department in the draft. They bought Mominul Haque, Farhad Reza and some more local talents also from the draft. They also signed Kiwi all-rounder James Franklin and Jamaican seamer Kesrick Williams mid-tournament. They chose hard-hitting t20 specialist batting all-rounder Sabbir Rahman as their icon player.

The kings started off with a 3 run defeat to Khulna Titans and lost to Barisal Bulls (Sabbir 122) in a nail-biting finish. They notched up crucial victories against Dhaka Dynamites (did so twice) and Khulna Titans to qualify for the playoffs.

They won against Chittagong Vikings and Khulna Titans in the eliminator and the 2nd qualifier game respectively. Unfortunately, the suffered a heavy defeat against Dhaka Dynamites in the final.


Season record
Matches Wins Losses No result Run rate Summary
12 6 6 0 +0.208 4th (of 7)
Batting records
Player Innings Runs Average SR Highest Score
Bangladesh Sabbir Rahman 15 377 26.92 137.81 122
Bangladesh Mominul Haque 15 331 22.06 128.16 64
England Samit Patel 14 288 24.00 123.83 75
Bowling records
Player Innings Wickets Average Economy Best Figures
Bangladesh Farhad Reza 15 14 27.21 7.47 3/28
Bangladesh Abul Hasan 10 12 23.91 8.78 5/28
England Samit Patel 13 11 20.00 6.11 3/19


They recplaced previous icon Sabbir Rahman with wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim as the icon player and retained Mominul Haque, Farhad Reza and Mehedi Hasan. They signed English opener and part-time seamer Luke Wright and West Indian top-middle order batsmen Lendl Simmons to provide stability to the top order and also made a one-season contract with Zimbabwe's Malcolm Waller to give the lower-middle order a boost. They extended the contract for one more year with Franklin, Sami and Sammy (remade skipper).

In the draft, The Kings got the first pick in the lottery and unsurprisingly selected wiry left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman. They were riding their luck as they also gained the first pick in the overseas selection in the draft, picking Pakistani leggie Usama Mir. The surprise picks were U19 all-rounder Qazi Onik, in-form orthodox spinner Nihaduzzaman, pacer Hossain Ali and little known Pakistani all-rounder Raza Ali Dar.

Current squad

Players with international caps are listed in bold.

Name Nationality Birth Date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
Lendl Simmons Trinidad and Tobago (1985-01-25) 25 January 1985 (age 33) Right-hand bat Right-arm medium fast Overseas [3]
Daniel Bell-Drummond England (1993-08-04) 4 August 1993 (age 25) Right-hand bat Right-arm medium fast Overseas [3]
Middle-order Batsman
Mominul Haque Bangladesh (1991-09-29) 29 September 1991 (age 26) Left-hand bat Slow left-arm orthodox Retained, Occasional Opener[3]
Rony Talukdar Bangladesh (1990-10-10) 10 October 1990 (age 27) Right-hand bat N/A [3]
All Rounder
Darren Sammy (C) Saint Lucia (1983-12-20) 20 December 1983 (age 34) Right-hand bat Right-arm medium Captain/Overseas[3]
Luke Wright England (1985-03-07) 7 March 1985 (age 33) Right-hand bat Right-arm medium fast Overseas, Opener[3]
James Franklin New Zealand (1980-11-07) 7 November 1980 (age 37) Left-hand bat Left-arm medium Overseas[3]
Samit Patel England (1984-11-30) 30 November 1984 (age 33) Left-hand bat Slow left-arm orthodox Overseas[3]
Malcolm Waller Zimbabwe (1984-09-28) 28 September 1984 (age 33) Right-hand bat Right-arm off-break Overseas[3]
Dwayne Smith Barbados (1983-04-12) 12 April 1983 (age 35) Right-hand bat Right-arm medium Overseas, Opener[3]
Mehidy Hasan Miraz Bangladesh (1997-10-25) 25 October 1997 (age 20) Right-hand bat Right-arm off-break Retained[3]
Farhad Reza Bangladesh (1986-06-18) 18 June 1986 (age 32) Right-hand bat Right-arm medium fast Retained[3]
Usama Mir Pakistan (1995-12-23) 23 December 1995 (age 22) Right-hand bat Legbreak Overseas[3]
Raza Ali Dar Pakistan (1987-12-11) 11 December 1987 (age 30) Left-hand bat slow left-arm orthodox Overseas[3]
Wicket Keeper
Mushfiqur Rahim Bangladesh (1988-05-09) 9 May 1988 (age 30) Right-hand bat N/A Vice-captain/Icon Player[3]
Zakir Hasan Bangladesh (1998-02-01) 1 February 1998 (age 20) Left-hand bat N/A [3]
Pace Bowler
Mustafizur Rahman Bangladesh (1995-09-06) 6 September 1995 (age 22) Left-hand bat Left-arm medium-fast Injured [3]
Mohammad Sami Pakistan (1981-02-24) 24 February 1981 (age 37) Right-hand bat Left-arm fast Overseas[3]
Kesrick Williams Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (1990-01-17) 17 January 1990 (age 28) Left-hand bat Right-arm fast medium Overseas[3]
Qazi Onik Bangladesh (1998-03-18) 18 March 1998 (age 20) Left-hand bat Left-arm medium fast Under-19[3]
Delwar Hossain Bangladesh (1985-01-01) 1 January 1985 (age 33) Right-hand bat Right-arm medium [3]
Hossain Ali Bangladesh (1998-09-10) 10 September 1998 (age 19) Right-hand bat Right-arm medium [3]
Spin Bowler
Naeem Islam Jr. Bangladesh (1994-10-19) 19 October 1994 (age 23) Right-hand bat slow left-arm orthodox [3]
Nihaduzzaman Bangladesh (1996-08-26) 26 August 1996 (age 21) Right-hand bat Slow left-arm orthodox [3]

Support staff


  1. ^ "BPL 2016 draft: As it happened". Dhaka Tribune. 30 September 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "BPL 4 players draft today". www.bdcricteam.com. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x https://www.facebook.com/rajshahikings
  4. ^ a b c "Patrons and Owners of Rajshahi Kings". Rajshahi Kings. 
  5. ^ "Team Management". Rajshahi Kings. 
  6. ^ http://rajshahikings.com/wright-brothers-fly-high-lukes-brother-ashley-takes-over-kings-assistant-coach-spot

External links

  • Website
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