All-rounder Rumana Ahmed and off-spinner Khadija Tul Kubra are the notable cricketers to change their teams for the forthcoming Dhaka Women’s Premier Division Cricket League 2018-19 as the players’ transfer event was held in Mirpur on Saturday.
Unlike the men’s DPL, where the clubs bought players from a grand players’ draft event held in renowned city hotels, the women’s player transfer was held unceremoniously at the Media Centre of Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
Rumana and Khadija, who played for Rupali Bank Krira Parishad and Mohammedan Sporting Club respectively in the previous 2016-17 edition, will play for newly promoted Sheikh Rasel Sports Development Academy for the upcoming edition, starting on April 25.
A total of 85 cricketers changed their teams in the day-long players’ transfer event.
Among the other national cricketers, top-order batter Sanjida Islam joined Khelaghar Samaj Kallyan Samity from Rupali Bank while all-rounder Lata Mandal moved to Rupali Bank from Kalabagan Krira Chakra.
Top-order batter Fargana Haque also joined Rupali Bank while newly-promoted Sheikh Rasel roped in batswoman Shaila Sharmin and left-arm spinner Nahida Akter from Kalabagan and BKSP respectively.
National Twenty20 skipper Salma Khatun, who will lead Mohammedan Sporting Club, expressed her excitement for the tournament as the 2017-18 edition could not be held due to engagements of the national team.
‘It’s a really great thing that the tournament is finally taking place. Last year, we were mostly busy with the national team fixtures and the tournament could not take place,’ Salma told New Age.
Salma was confident that her side would be able to regain the honour of DPL title this time around as they made a team with youth and experience.
‘I have been playing for Mohammedan since 2008 and we won the tournament six times at a stretch after becoming runner-up in the first edition. We didn’t do well in the previous editions but I hope that we will be able to turn things around this year,’ she said.
Salma said that the clubs were paying them according to the merit of their performances and expressed satisfaction with the wages they were getting from their respective clubs.
Pacer Jahanara Alam, who will lead reigning champions Abahani Limited in the tournament, was optimistic about defending their title.
‘We have a balanced side this year as like the previous year. I am very much confident with the side and hope that we will be able to repeat the same feat as like previous edition,’ Jahanara said.
A total of 10 teams – Abahani, Mohammedan, Rupali Bank, Khelaghar, Kalabagan, BKSP, Gulshan Youth Club, BD Ansar and VDP Cricket Team and newly promoted Keranigonj Cricket Academy and Sheikh Rasel will be contesting in the 50-over competition.
Six top teams will play in the super league and the matches will be held at three different venues in BKSP.
Defending champions Abahani will begin their title defense in the opening fixture of the league when they meet Sheikh Rasel while Mohammedan and Rupali Bank will face BD Ansar and Keranigonj respectively in the other two matches of the first round on April 25.
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