AB de Villiers joins BPL, finally
Sayeed Muhammad of DOT :
Hard-hitting batsman AB de Villiers arrived in Sylhet yesterday morning to bolster beleaguered defending champions Rangpur Riders and give the ongoing edition of the BPL much entertainment.
The former South Africa captain and one of the most feared batsmen in international cricket during his playing days has been contracted to play the last six matches of the group stage of the tournament, reports The Daily Star. Rangpur, led by Bangladesh ODI skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, are in dire straits at the moment after having lost four of their first six matches, the latest being a 27-run defeat at the hands of Sylhet Sixers at the Sylhet International Stadium on Wednesday. It will be the first BPL appearance for the high hander, often called Mr. 360 because of his ability to utilise all angles present in a cricket ground while demoralising bowlers the world over.
If he can help Rangpur to the playoffs, the defending champions will try to keep him on for the knockout stage of the tournament.
Already featuring the self-proclaimed ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle in their lineup, de Villiers addition makes Rangpur the side with the highest star quotient in the sixth edition of the BPL. It remains to be seen if that translates to performance on the field in their remaining six matches.
Rangpur play their next game against Sylhet against Sylhet Sixers tomorrow.