Ngarava joins compatriot Burl at Sylhet Strikers ahead of BPL 2024

BULAWAYO, ZIMBABWE - JULY 02: Richard Ngarava of Zimbabwe reacts after appealing unsuccessfully during the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Qualifier Zimbabwe 2023 Super 6 match between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka at Queen’s Sports Club on July 02, 2023 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. (Photo by Albert Perez-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

Zimbabwe cricket team fast bowler is set to play alongside his compatriot Ryan Burl in the upcoming edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), after being signed up by the Sylhet Strikers during the competition’s player draft on Monday.

The 2024 edition of the BPL is scheduled to take place in January next year with seven teams in participation – Fortune Barishal, Chattogram Challengers, Comilla Victorians, Durdanto Dhaka, Rangpur Riders, Sylhet Strikers and the Khulna Tigers

Burl is set for another dance in the competition after he was retained by the Sylhet Strikers.

The 29-year-old impressed during his stint with the franchise during this year’s competition.

Ryan Burl

Burl, a hard-hitting left-handed batter-cum-leg-spinner, has been one of the rising stars of the Zimbabwe cricket team which has been enjoying a brilliant run in international cricket in recent months.

He will be joined on the Sylhet Strikers roster next year by Ngarava who has over the last few month established himself as one of Zimbabwe’s top fast bowlers.

The 25 year-old quickie recently enjoyed a successful stint overseas when he starred for the Galle Titans during the fourth edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) last month.

Ngarava was one of Zimbabwe’s best performers during the ICC Men’s World Cup qualifiers as he was named in ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023 Team of the Tournament after taking 14 wickets at an impressive average of 19.28.

During the qualifiers, he also matched Henry Olonga’s long standing record of having claimed 14 wickets in consecitive innings for Zimbabwe in One Day Internationals.

The legendary Olonga achieved the feat between 1999 and 2000 but Ngarava, whose run started last year could break the record of he manages to claim atleast a wicket in Zimbabwe’s next ODI match.

The imminent stint in Bangladesh presents Ngarava with another opportunity to showcase his talent in overseas franchise T20 cricket, as his profile in the game continues to grow.

Ngarava has represented Zimbabwe in four Tests, 39 ODIs and 34 T20i matches.


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