None of the three Indian players who entered the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) draft could get a buyer during draft which took place yesterday. Former India and Chennai Super Kings pacer Manpreet Gony, cricketer turned commentator Manvinder Bisla and Kumar Boresa had entered the draft but none of three cricketers features in the final squads.
The chances of Gony getting picked by a franchise were high but that didn’t happen. He retired from international cricket and Indian cricket in 2019 and went on to play for Toronto Nationals in Global T20 Canada. Apart from CSK, Gony also played for Kings XI Punjab and Gujarat Lions in IPL.
Bisla, who has also retired from Indian cricket, now does commentary in domestic matches and has not played an IPL game since 2015. His last first-class appearance for Goa against Assam in 2012/13 season. Bisla is remembered for playing match-winning knock of 89 in the final of IPL 2012 where KKR were chasing 191.
Boresa, the third player who entered the draft, was a part of Rajasthan Royals. Although he did not get a chance to make his debut. The retired players are expected to continue to put their names forward to be part of the leagues around the world.
Yuvraj Singh is the biggest name in recent times who retired and went on to play franchise cricket. He played Global T20 Canada and is now playing the T10 league. He will not be part of IPL 2020 as a player has to retire from Indian cricket, including IPL, to obtain an NOC from BCCI to be part of the leagues.
Bangladesh’s stars Tamim Iqbal and Mashre Mortza will grace BPL 2020 which kicks off on December 11. David Warner and Steven Smith, who were a part of the league last year, did not enter the BPL draft as they will be busy playing international cricket.
Former Pakistan captain and veteran T20 cricketer, Shahid Afridi, will play for Dhaka Platoons.