Chittagong Vikings has returned to the Bangladesh Premier league retaining only three of its players from the previous season. Drastic change in the team management has been made. However, Tamim Iqbal has been allowed to continue as a captain. Due to failure in the previous season, the contract of Sri Lankan cricketer, Marvan Atapattu has not been renewed and Mohammad Salahuddin has been appointed as a new coach.
Out of all, Chris Gayle of West Indies will be the star player of Chittagong Vikings.
In the fourth season, Chittagong Vikings team is set to pose a tough side with nine international players Dwayne Smith (West Indies), Chris Gayle (West Indies), Grant Elliot (New Zealand), Shohaib Malik (Pakistan), Imran Khan (Pakistan), Tymal Mills (England), Chaturanga De Silva (Sri Lanka), Jeevan Mendis (Sri Lanka), and Mohammad Nabi (Afganistan). Considering the number of matches played, Chittagong Vikings have mostly played against the Rangpur Riders and Dhaka Dynamites. They also enjoy a healthy rivalry with Comilla Victorians. Their rivalry actually originates from the rivalry between Chittagong and Dhaka – the two largest cities in Bangladesh.
Chittagong Vikings Roster for BPL 2016
• Tamim Iqbal (C)
• Chris Gayle
• Anamul Haque (WK)
• Dwayne Smith
• Chaturanga de Silva
• Imran Khan Jnr.
• Jahurul Islam
• Zakir Hasan
• Yasir Ali
• Mohammad Nabi
• Shohaib Malik
• Grant Elliott
• Jeevan Mendis
• Shahidul Islam Bowlers
• Taskn Ahmed
• Abdur Razzak
• Subashis Roy
• Nazmul Hossain Milon
• Tymal Mills
• Saqlin Sajib
• Jubair Hossain Support Staff
• Head Coach: Mohammad Salahuddin
• Manager: Akram Khan
• Director: Abdul Jabbar, Abdul Quader
• Captain: Tamim Iqbal
Following are the sponsors of Bangladesh Premier League.
Kit Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor Sleeve sponsor Head Gear sponsor
2012-14 Ecstasy SQ Sports Regent Airways Ispahani
2015- DBL Apparels Citibank Bangladesh Steeltech Uttara Motors Limited
Media Partner Channel I Radio Partner Radio Foorti 88.0 FM
Gold Sponsor Citigroup Silver Sponsor Steeltech & Heidelberg Cement
Associate Sponsor National Polymer, Pioneer Insurance Airline Partner Regent Airways
Chittagong Vikings Owner
In Bangladesh Premier League 2016, Chittagong Vikings is owned by the DBL Group. DBL is actually the popular name of Dulal Brother Limited which has taken over the team for US$26 million. This is the second biggest contract deal in the history of Bangladesh Premier League.
All the franchisees were allowed to keep two players from the previous season.
The 4th edition of Bangladesh Premier League will feature seven teams which include six from previous seasons and one new franchise Khulna and Rajshahi. It is going to start from 4th November 2016. The final will be played on 9th December 2016. Bangladesh Premier League is like Indian Premier League. It gives a wonderful opportunity to domestic players to learn from international players.
Eight teams as listed below will participate in Bangladesh Premier League.
1. Comilla Victorians
2. Barisal Bulls
3. Rangpur Riders
4. Dhaka Dynamites
5. Sylhet Super Stars
6. Chittagong Vikings
7. Khulna Titans
Bangladesh Premier League 2016 Venues
Matches will be played at six venues spread over four places covering Dhaka, Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar and Khulna. Find the venues listed below.
• Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium
• Fatullah Khan Saheb Osman Ali Stadium
• Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium
• MA Aziz Stadium
• Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium
• Sylhet Divisional Stadium
You can watch the live telecast of the matches on Starsports and Hotstar in India. In Bangladesh, you have to switch to Ten Sports or NEO Cricket.
In other countries, you have to go to the following channels as listed below.
Continent TV Channels
Asia Star Sports
Europe Sky Sports
Australia Fox Sports
Africa Super Sports
Cricbuz, espncricinfo, and Starssports will show live scores. Mobile users wishing to watch the matches can download the official App.