Young Indian batter Hanuma Vihari and six other Indian cricketers are all set to participate in Dhaka Premier League starting today (March 15). Apart from Vihari, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Parvez Rasool, Baba Aparajith, Ashok Menaria, Chirag Jani, and Gurinder Singh, who went unsold in the recently concluded IPL auctions, will take part in the List A tournament in Bangladesh.
Hanuma, who was part of the Indian squad that scripted a 2-0 whitewash in Test series against Sri Lanka at home, amassed 124-runs in three innings with one half-century. However, Vihari will visit Hyderabad to enjoy a short break before leaving for Dhaka. Hence, he will be missing the first three games of the season and has been replaced by Afghanistan middle-order batter Najibullah Zadran, who was roped in by Abahani Limited.
While Vihari will represent Abahani Limited, the skipper of Bengal’s Ranji Trophy team, Abhimanyu Easwaran will join Prime Bank for his third season with the team after 2017 and 2019. As per reports, Abhimanyu got the BCCI’s clearance on Monday to fly out to Dhaka for the one and half month-long tournament. “It gives me an opportunity to play more games and face different types of the quality bowling attack,” Abhimanyu said.
Meanwhile, Rasool will be part of Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi and Aparajhith of Rupganj Tigers. Ashok Menaria, Chirag Jani, and Gurinder Singh will be part of Khelaghar, Legends of Rupganj and Gazi Group Cricketers respectively. Apart from Indian cricketers, Pakistan’s veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez and Zimbabwe’s Sikandar Raza will represent Shinepuku in Dhaka Premier League. Earlier, cricketers like Dinesh Karthik, Manoj Tiwary and Yusuf Pathan have been part of the Dhaka Premier League. In fact, Vihari, Easwaran, Aparajith, Menaria and Rasool were all part of the tournament before Covid-19 had first struck. In the current edition of DP, all teams have been allowed one overseas player.