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Young players to watch in BPL 2023: Jaker Ali, Mrittunjoy Chowdhury and more

Mrittunjoy Chowdhury (Chattogram Challengers)

The left-arm fast, 21, who was participating in his debut BPL, concluded the season among the top five wicket-takers with 15 strikes at 14.93, including a hat-trick against the Sylhet Sunrisers. In the 50-over Dhaka Premier League, he added a 17-wicket haul to his very strong BPL showing.

Mrittunjoy was chosen for the Bangladesh A team during their West Indies tour a year ago, however at the start of the 2022–23 season, he only managed to take three wickets in three National Cricket League (first-class) games. Also playing for the Bangla Tigers in the Abu Dhabi T10 was Mrittunjoy.

Jaker Ali (Comilla Victorians)

Few batsmen in Bangladesh at the moment compare to him in terms of form. Jaker enters the BPL with a string of first-class centuries to his credit. This 24-year-old right-hander is reportedly on the verge of being considered for the senior squad, according to those who have followed him. Therefore, a successful BPL season can help him come closer to his end goal.

Jaker’s first significant BPL campaign would also follow three mediocre campaigns with Sylhet Sixers, Dhaka Platoon, and Khulna Tigers. Jaker, who has been a consistent performer in domestic cricket for a while, has nevertheless adapted effectively to the demands of the three formats.

Akbar Ali (Sylhet Strikers)

Three years have passed as Bangladeshi fans have waited to witness this 21-year-old wicketkeeper succeed on the international stage. When the Under-19 team won the global championship for the first time in 2020, Akbar served as their captain. Many people were moved by his cool demeanour under pressure, which hinted that a great star was on the horizon.

But even domestically, Akbar hasn’t lived up to the promise. Thoughts of his progression to the top level have often been frustrated, there have been the occasional strong outing. However, a successful BPL campaign might alter the situation and give Akbar the boost he needs.

Saim Ayub (Rangpur Riders)

In the National T20 Cup last year, this 20-year-old Pakistani opener scored 416 runs for Sindh with a strike rate of 155.22. Big runs in the BPL this season might put him back on people’s attention after his one and only Pakistan Super League season, which took place in 2021, didn’t go well. A

yub plays huge innings with ease and is powerful on both sides of the wicket. He frequently presses hard during the Powerplay. The only obstacle could be competing for a spot in Rangpur’s starting lineup given the calibre of their team.

Tom Moores (Sylhet Strikers)

The 26-year-old wicketkeeper-batter might be crucial, especially if his side has to balance its batting order. In spite of the fact that his side, the Trent Rockets, ultimately won the Hundred, he only had the opportunity to bat twice.

In 14 Vitality Blast games last year, Moores struck with a strike rate of 143.78, further solidifying his reputation as a boundary batter. He has played for Jaffna Stallions in the LPL and Multan Sultans in the PSL, giving him batting experience on the subcontinent.

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