Recently-retired South African superstar AB de Villiers has signed up for the 2018-19 Bangladesh Premier League after joining Rangpur Riders, it was confirmed on Saturday.
De Villiers is Riders’ second signing outside the player draft, which is scheduled to take place on Sunday. Having already signed Alex Hales as their first signing outside the draft recently, Riders now have a potential top three of Chris Gayle, Hales and de Villiers.
The 34-year-old, who had quit international cricket this year, had recently rubbished reports of a potential comeback to the national side ahead of the 50-over World Cup next year.
De Villiers will now have his hands full over the next few months having already signed up for the Pakistan Super League and the inaugural Mzansi Super League, South Africa’s new T20 competition.
Earlier, Australian Banned Batsman David Warner also signs up for Bangladesh Premier League.
While AB de Villiers will play for the defending BPL champions Rangpur Riders, Warner will illuminate the event playing for Sylhet Sixers. The sixth BPL is slated to be played from 5 January 2019.
Sylhet authority confirmed recently that the Australian southpaw, David Warner will take part in the sixth season of BPL, the most prestigious domestic cricket league of Bangladesh, and it will be the first appearance of Warner in the league.
The Sixers authenticated the inclusion of David Warner to their arsenal through their social media channel that saying: “He is a leader. He is a mighty hitter. He is a superstar. Who do you think is going to come as a new Sixer this season?”
On 26 October, Sylhet Sixers posted another video clip of Warner that is to be a video message of the batsman to Sylhet fans.
“Hello Bangladesh, David Warner here. I am very excited to let you know that I am now a Sixer. I can’t wait to be a part of the Sylhet Sixers’ family. See you soon. Laagle baari, Boundaari!” Warner said in the video message and the “Laagle baari, Boundaari” is the official slogan of Sylhet Sixers.
Warner has been serving his ban from the international cricket for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal during Australia’s South Africa tour in March this year.
Despite the ban in international cricket, Warner is allowed to take part in franchise based tournaments around the globe. The southpaw recently played in the Caribbean Premier League for St Lucia Stars. He scored 220 runs for Stars in nine matches in an average of 31.42.