The 2019 Bangladesh Premier League will start this week – and feature several South African players.
- Tahir the Sixer
Leg-spinner Imran Tahir was a late recruit for the Sylhet Sixers, who have also recruited Cape Town Blitz and Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz.
They will be captained by former Australia vice-captain David Warner, who is still serving a ban from international cricket after his involvement in last year’s ball-tampering that rocked the Test tour of South Africa.
- De Villiers and Rossouw the Riders
Former Proteas captain AB de Villiers plays for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League and Tshwane Spartans in the Mzansi Super League – and might be part of another batting lopsided franchise at the Rangpur Riders.
The defending champions also have England big-hitter Alex Hales, West Indian opener Chris Gayle and ex-Proteas batsman Rilee Rossouw.
- Vikings Frylinck and Delport
Overrated by some, underestimated by others, all-rounder Robbie Frylinck will be a key member of the Chittagong Vikings’ squad.
Batsman Cameron Delport will also play for the Vikings – and increase a T20 career that already features stints in the IPL, Pakistan Super League, Big Bash League and others.
- Dynamite Birch
Spartans seamer Andrew Birch will welcome the opportunity to build on recent experience in the MSL when playing for the Dhaka Dynamites, who were last season’s losing finalists.
A handful of West Indians will be his teammates, including all-rounder Kieron Pollard and spinner Sunil Narine.
- Titan Wiese
All-rounder David Wiese has forged a successful time in English county cricket after playing the last of his 20 T20Is for the Proteas in March 2016.
From the T20 Blast in England to the Caribbean Premier League and MSL, he’ll now add a period with the Khulna Titans to his growing array of domestic T20 teams.
- King Jonker
Batsman Christiaan Jonker will bring some experience to a Rajshahi Kings outfit somewhat short of ODI and T20I players.
Dutch international Ryan ten Doeschate, who has a South African background, will also be a part of the Kings’ campaign.