Left-arm spinner Mosharraf Hossain was the first cricketer to be picked in the players draft for the forthcoming Bangladesh Premier League that ended amid festivity at a city hotel on Friday.
A total of 116 local players were put in the draft for seven franchises, which picked the players of their choice with a certain lottery-based system.
Newly included Khulna Titans were selected as the first team to call in the draft followed by another newcomer Rajshahi Kings and after they picked two players other teams began to take part.
Earlier, five teams from the previous tournaments could retain two players from the squad that forced the organisers to give the two new comers a chance of calling two players.
Mosharraf, who was included in the Bangladesh team for the third one-day international, was immediately benefitted by his newfound spotlight that took him to the Titans.
Rangpur Riders picked up controversial Pakistani Nasir Jamshed after being selected as the first team to have a go at the foreign cricketers available in the draft.
During the second edition, Jamshed was accused by his franchises with match-fixing allegation while England’s Joshua Cobb, a player of tainted former champions Dhaka Gladiators, was picked by Barisal Bulls.
Seasoned left- arm spinner Enamul Haq jr was among others who went unpicked.
Ebadat Hossain, a find in recent pace bowling hunt who was yet to play any domestic match, has been picked by Rajshhai Kings.
A total of 57 local players were picked by seven franchises in the players’ draft.
The fourth edition of BPL will start on November 4. A team must pick at least 10 local players while the number is unlimited for foreign players.
However, teams will not be allowed to field more than four foreign cricketers in starting lineup.
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