Rajshahi Royals targets to gain early momentum in BBPL


Rajshahi Royals coach Owais Shah said his side would target to gain the momentum by playing well in the group phase and prepare them for the play-offs in the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BBPL).

“We have got 12 games each. After that, obviously into the semi finals, playoffs, finals-so I think as long as we can get through the round-robin games and try and finish towards the top and then hopefully really turn the game on and try and pick into that semifinals stages and obviously into the final,” Shah said yesterday during his side’s practice session at the Academy Ground Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur, reports BSS.

According to the former English player, Rajshahi Royals have all the ingredients in the team to be successful in this level. He said the main strength of the team lied in top order which consisted of the likes of explosive Afghanistan batsman Hazratullah Zazai and Bangladeshi Liton Das.

He also revealed that they have no lack of firepower in the middle and lower middle order also which was formed with Ravi Bopara and Andre Russell, considered as the most explosive batsman in the T20 cricket.

“We have got good batters and all-rounders, which is I think key in T20 cricket. We have got some explosive batsmen in the top like Hazratullah Zazai, Liton Das and we also got a very good all-rounder in the team in Ravi Bopara, Andre Russel,” he revealed.

“So I feel like we have got a good balance of the squad but we have not played any games yet. We are going to see how the games come together. And hopefully the plan is to get them together in next two three days, and pick up us at the right time of the tournament also.” He disclosed that they are expecting to get all the players right from the start of the tournament. “We should, in theory, get all the players from the beginning.”