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Chittagong Vikings

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Chittagong Vikings
চিটাগাং ভাইকিংস্
LeagueBangladesh Premier League
CaptainBangladesh Mushfiqur Rahim
CoachAustralia Simon Helmot
OwnerBangladesh Cricket Board (2019–20)
Team information
CityChittagong, Chittagong Division, Bangladesh
চিটাগাং ভাইকিংসের রঙ.svg
Founded2012 (as Chittagong Kings)
Home groundZohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. Chittagong
Bangladesh Premier League wins0

T20I kit

The Chittagong Vikings (Chittagonian/Bengali: চিটাগাং ভাইকিংস্) are a franchise cricket team which participated in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). They joined the BPL as one of its original members in 2012, and appeared in the final in 2013 under the captaincy of Mahmudullah Riyad and coaching of Khaled Mahmud. The team changed its name from Chittagong Kings after a change of ownership in 2015. And Chittagong Vikings was founded 1 December 2015.[1] It was owned by DBL Sports Limited DBL Sports Limited, a concern of DBL Group.[2]

DBL Sports Limited terminated the ownership of the team in 29 July 2019.[3] They were later reinstated after Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) changed the format of the tournament and acquired ownership for all the teams for the 2019–20 season.[4]


Chittagong Vikings participated in the first two seasons as ‘Chittagong Kings’ and was owned by SQ sports. After SQ Sports was charged with fixing and delaying payments to players, it was banned from participating in cricketing activities so were all the other franchisees owners for corruption scandals.

Since 2015, DBL Group took charge of the ownership and change the name to Chittagong Vikings. All other franchises have gone through and ownership and name change, other than Rangpur Riders.

Season overview


In the inaugural season, Chittagong Kings had a strong squad with the likes of Mahmudullah Riyad, Dwayne Bravo, Kevon Cooper and Jason Roy. However, even with such a strong team on paper, they couldn't show their full potential on the field. They were disqualified controversially as Barisal Burners were the ones who went through to the knockout stage. The team management were very unhappy with the decision, as their disqualification was announced at 2 am at the day of the knockout match.


The team retained Mahmudullah and Jason Roy while they gained some reinforcements in the likes of David Miller and Ryan ten Doeschate. This time, they team performed really well, winning their first three games in a row and advancing to the playoffs. They reached the finals but couldn't lift the trophy as Dhaka Gladiators successfully defended their championship.


Chittagong Vikings emerged as the new representative team of the port city in the BPL, under a new name and ownership of DBL Group. They team selected Tamim Iqbal as their icon player and had some overseas players such as Mohammad Amir, who returned after a 5-year ban for fixing, Tillakaratne Dilshan, the Akmal brothers and South African spinner Robin Peterson.

In the field, the Vikings wasn't at their best while their pacer Amir was with the ball. They finished as the bottom of the table, hence being disqualified.


The Vikings retained Tamim as icon while they signed some big names such as Chris Gayle and Shoaib Malik

The team was pretty good throughout the tournament but not the best. They managed to get through to the playoffs but lost to the newcomer Rajshahi Kings in the eliminator.


The Vikings didn't boast the strongest squad on paper. They had Soumya Sarkar as their icon player and had signed Luke Ronchi, Sikandar Raza, Najibullah Zadran and more. The team was initially lead by Misbah-ul-Haq but Ronchi took over after he was dropped due to poor form.

On the field, Ronchi carried the team with the bat and Raza supported throughout the middle. Local players underperformed which cost them heavily. The finished at the bottom registering only three wins on their belt.


The team didn't want to participate in the BPL this time but they were requested by the BPL Governing Council. They team retained Ronchi, Raza and Sunzamul Islam

The team didn't had an A+ (icon) until minutes before the commencement of the draft. Mushfiqur Rahim was the only A+ player without a team. The highest price for an icon 60 lacs Taka ($75,000) while Mushfiqur demanded 1 Croce 20 lacs Taka ($150,000). The Vikings management offered a maximum price of maximum 80 lacs Taka ($100,000). After some negotiations with the Vikings team management, Mushfiqur and the BPL Governing Council, Mushfiq agreed to join the Vikings fleet as their A+ player.

In the draft, the Vikings were very active, signing the likes of Cameron Delport, Dasun Shanaka and Najibullah Zadran. Mosaddek Hossain, Abu Jayed and Khaled Ahmed were a part of their local signings. However, their signing of Mohammad Ashraful, returning to professional cricket after serving a 5-year ban for fixing, made headlines.


Year Bangladesh Premier League
2012 League Stage
2013 Runners-up
2015 League Stage
2016 Playoffs
2017 League Stage
2019 Playoffs
2019-2020 TBD

Kit manufacturers and sponsors

Year Kit Manufacturers Shirt Sponsor (Front) Shirt Sponsor (Back) Chest Branding
2015 DBL Sports Limited The City Bank Steeltech Industries Ltd DBL Group
2016 Sclavos BBS Cables Ltd
2017 Sohana Sports Nahee SS Pipes Industries Ltd. Pioneer Insurance Company
2019 Puma DBL Creamics M & R Companies DBL Group

Current squad

  • Players with international caps are listed in bold.
  •  *  denotes a player who is currently unavailable for selection.
  •  *  denotes a player who is unavailable for rest of the season
No. Name Nat Birth date Batting style Bowling style Signed year Notes
98 Mohammad Ashraful Bangladesh (1984-07-07) 7 July 1984 (age 35) Right-handed Right-arm off break 2018
1 Najibullah Zadran Afghanistan (1993-02-18) 18 February 1993 (age 26) Left-handed Right-arm off break 2017 Overseas
24 Sikandar Raza Zimbabwe (1986-04-24) 24 April 1986 (age 33) Right-handed Right-arm off break 2017 Overseas
99 Shadman Islam Bangladesh (1995-05-12) 12 May 1995 (age 24) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox 2018
12 Cameron Delport South Africa (1989-05-12) 12 May 1989 (age 30) Left-handed Right-arm medium 2018 Overseas
Yasir Ali Bangladesh (1996-03-06) 6 March 1996 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm off break 2018
84 Robert Frylinck South Africa (1984-09-27) 27 September 1984 (age 35) Right-handed Right-arm medium 2018 Overseas
32 Mosaddek Hossain Saikat Bangladesh (1995-12-10) 10 December 1995 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm off break 2018
8 Dasun Shanaka Sri Lanka (1991-09-09) 9 September 1991 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm medium 2018 Overseas
25 Nazmul Hossain Milon Bangladesh (1987-09-11) 11 September 1987 (age 32) Right-handed Right-arm medium 2016
54 Luke Ronchi New Zealand (1981-04-23) 23 April 1981 (age 38) Right-handed 2017 Overseas
78 Mohammad Shahzad Afghanistan (1988-01-31) 31 January 1988 (age 31) Right-handed 2018 Overseas
6 Sunzamul Islam Bangladesh (1990-01-17) 17 January 1990 (age 29) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox 2017
14 Abu Jayed Bangladesh (1993-08-02) 2 August 1993 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium 2018
96 Khaled Ahmed Bangladesh (1992-09-20) 20 September 1992 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm medium 2018
33 Nayeem Hasan Bangladesh (2000-12-02) 2 December 2000 (age 18) Right-handed Right-arm off break 2018
7 Hardus Viljoen South Africa (1989-03-06) 6 March 1989 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm fast 2018 Overseas
Robiul Haque Bangladesh (1999-10-28) 28 October 1999 (age 19) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast 2018
Nihaduzzaman Bangladesh (1998-11-28) 28 November 1998 (age 20) Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox 2018
Yeasin Arafat Bangladesh (1998-10-07) 7 October 1998 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm medium 2017

Administration and support staff

  • Chairman- Bangladesh Abdul Wahed
  • Vice Chairman- Bangladesh Md. Abdur Rahim
  • Head Coach- Australia Simon Helmot
  • Assistant Coach- Bangladesh Nurul Abedin
  • Managing Director-Bangladesh Md. Abdul Jabbar
  • Deputy Managing Director- Bangladesh Md. Abdul Quader
  • Team Manager-Bangladesh Hasanuzzaman Jhoru
  • Team Advisor-Bangladesh Minhajul Abedin


  1. ^ "Launching Ceremony of BPL franchise Chittagong Vikings". DBL Group (Press release).
  2. ^ "Chittagong Vikings Official Facebook Page".
  3. ^ "No Chittagong Vikings in upcoming BPL". The Daily Star. 29 July 2019. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  4. ^ "BCB set to arrange BPL without the franchises this year". The Daily Star. 11 September 2019.

External links

This page was last edited on 15 October 2019, at 17:27
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