Faf du Plessis, Sunil Narine, and Moeen Ali are all set to play for Comilla Victorians in the upcoming eighth edition of the Bangladesh Premier League. The trio, who are also part of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), in all likelihood won’t turn out for respective franchises in the upcoming seventh edition of the tournament. Du Plessis, Narine, and Moeen had earlier not registered for the player draft in the PSL as well.
Nafisa Kamal, the managing director of Comilla has confirmed that the trio will be playing for the franchise in the next season. The eighth edition of the tournament will begin on January 20, 2022, while the PSL will begin on 27th January, which left the players with an option to play either in PSL or BPL and the players opted for the latter.
“BCB has said this is a month-long BPL. There will be six teams. Three foreign players can be taken. We are working accordingly. We have signed all three. We have confirmed Sunil Narine, Faf du Plessis, and Moeen Ali,” Nafisa was quoted as saying to the media on Saturday, CricFrenzy reported.
Meanwhile, the BPL management is not concerned about its clash with PSL. They are optimistic to have a good response for the player draft later this month. All six franchises can play three overseas players in the team. “We are not worried about the PSL and we are expecting to host the players draft of this month but the only thing that we are worried about is the corona situation,” Sheikh Sohel, BPL governing council member said on Monday.
Comilla Victorians are the two-time champions of BPL, having won the 2015 and 2019 editions. This year, with Du Plessis, Moeen, and Narine available, the Victorians have sorted out the foreign players’ quota well.