On the inaugural day of the two-day transfer window of the upcoming Dhaka Premier Division League 2017, Bangladesh limited-overs skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, who shifted from Kalabagan Cricket Academy, has signed for the Legends of Rupganj and former skipper Mohammad Ashraful has opted for Kalabagan Krira Chakra.

The 32-year-old Ashraful, who was banned over corruption charges for three years, returned to competitive cricket in 2016.

On the first day of the transfer, 87 cricketers announced their moves at the event.

The 33-year-old Mortaza is all set to fly to Colombo on Saturday (March 19) to participate in the three ODIs and two T20Is, scheduled to start from March 25.

The Jessore-born Mortaza expressed his satisfaction over the traditional choice-based system for the players’ transfer in Division cricket.

“I am excited that players transfer returned to the traditional system because it gives players the freedom to choose their team. It’s a good occasion to celebrate,” Mortaza was quoted as saying by The Daily Star.

“I cannot say anything about the other two national pool players. During the transfer we talk with lots of players,” Mortaza revealed.

The 25-year-old all-rounder Nasir Hossain has become a part of Gazi Group of Cricketers alongside Suhrawardi Shuvo, Shafiul Islam, Nadif Chowdhury, Abu Hider and Naeem Islam as defending champions Abahani Limited Club is targeting good prospects in domestic circuit with the likes of Tamim Iqbal and Mosaddek Hossain.

On the other hand, Shiekh Jamal Dhanmondi Club has availed the services of Abdur Razzak Fazle Rabbi, Elias Sunny, Nurul Hasan and Tanvir Haider.

“I am happy with my team as there are several players with huge amount of experience in domestic circuit,” Razzak, who is Dhanmondi skipper remarked.

All-rounder Mahmdullah Riyad, who was dropped from the ongoing second Test against Sri Lanka, was also the centre of attention during the player transfer.


    Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at Sportzwiki.com, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. He Tweets @TahirIbnManzoor

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