The Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2019-20 is over as Rajshahi Royals trump Khulna Tigers in the grand final to clinch the title.
There were a number of memorable performances from the local stars, however, overseas cricketers especially Pakistanis stole the show. Mohammad Amir’s 20 wickets at 17.75 helped him finish as the leading wicket-taker of the tournament. The honor was shared by three other bowlers including Bangladeshi pace duo, Mustafizur Rahman and Rubel Hussain and South African all-rounder, Robbie Frylinck as they took 20 wickets apiece.
This edition of BPL saw 4 five-fors, however, the best ever figures in the tournament history came from Amir, who claimed 6 for 17 in the Qualifier to power his team, Khulna Tigers, into the final.
Other Pakistani bowlers, including Mohammad Irfan (Rajshahi Royals), Shadab Khan (Dhaka Platoon), Wahab Riaz (Dhaka Platoon) and Mohammad Nawaz (Rajshahi Royals) played crucial roles in their teams’ success.
4 batsmen crossed the 450-runs mark and veteran Pakistani all-rounder, Shoaib Malik, was one of them. Malik scored 455 runs in 15 innings with a best of 87 while also taking 5 wickets with the ball.
Shadab’s career-best 64* from just 41 balls along with 11 wickets at 21.81, Wahab Riaz’s career-best 5 for 8, Mohammad Irfan’s 14 scalps with a meager economy of 5.63, Mohammad Nawaz’s match-winning all-round performance in the final (41* from 20 and 1/29 in 4 overs) – although a player with a bigger stature, Andre Russel (27* from 16 and 2/32 in 4 overs), got the man of the match despite contributing less – were all some of the best performances of the tournament.
Here’s a summary of how well Pakistani stars performed at the BPL:
|Mohammad Amir (Khulna Tigers)||13||50.2||355||20||6/17||17.75||7.05||1|
|Mohammad Irfan (Rajshahi Royals)||12||47.0||265||14||2/13||18.92||5.63||0|
|Shadab Khan (Dhaka Platoon)||10||34.4||240||11||2/14||21.81||6.92||0|
|Wahab Riaz (Dhaka Platoon)||7||25.4||167||10||5/8||16.70||6.50||1|
|Shoaib Malik (Rajshahi Royals)||11||25.3||175||5||2/27||35.00||6.86||0|
|Asif Ali (Dhaka Platoon)||9||7||2||124||55*||24.80||169.86||0||1||10|