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Eion Morgan, JP Duminy get BPL gigs

Eion Morgan, JP Duminy get BPL gigs

Sports Desk JP Duminy, the South Africa all-rounder who recently retired from One Day Internationals at the conclusion of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, has been roped in by Rajshahi Kings for the upcoming edition of Bangladesh Premier League. The 35-year-old is one of Kings' two out-of-draft signings, with the franchise yet to announce the other signing. This will be Duminy's first foray into the BPL. Having announced his retirement from domestic cricket earlier this year, Duminy had expressed his desire to continue playing T20 cricket for South Africa and also participate in leagues around the world. A couple of days back, Duminy was also picked as a marquee player by Belfast Titans for the inaugural Euro T20 Slam. Duminy was also part of the Mumbai Indians squad during the 2019 edition of the IPL but did not make it to the playing eleven in any of their games. In the 2018 IPL edition, he had only managed 36 runs in six matches for Mumbai Indians, having entered the tournament on the back of a decent PSL where he had scored 251 runs in 10 matches for Islamabad United. "Rajshahi are proud to announce that South African all-rounder Duminy is a King now. Duminy; an elegant left-handed batsman, a useful spinner and a sharp fielder, has served South Africa for more than 14 years. He has vast experience in franchise cricket and already led PSL team Islamabad United to their second title in 2018," the franchise posted on their Facebook page while announcing the signing. Meanwhile, Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) franchise Dhaka Dynamites have roped in England limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan for the upcoming edition of the tournament. "We have signed Morgan for the upcoming edition of BPL considering his vast experience in shorter format cricket," Dynamites chief executive Obaid Nizam told a cricket website on Sunday. "We are expecting him to be available for the whole season." Morgan, who led England to their maiden men's World Cup title, will be playing alongside Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib al Hasan, who led the franchise to their only title in 2016. "We have to think about it (captaincy) because you know we have Shakib with us and he is leading the side for quite some time," Nizam said. Dhaka Dynamites have failed to clinch the title in the last two editions under Shakib despite reaching the finals. Khulna Titans have roped in Australian allrounder Shane Watson for the 2019-20 Bangladesh Premier League. Watson was the first of the two direct signings for Khulna, who finished at the bottom of the points table last season. Watson, who had missed the 2017 BPL due to injury, after signing up with Dhaka Dynamites that year, said that his primary goal would be to win a maiden title for Khulna. "I am super excited to join the Khulna Titans for the upcoming Bangladesh Premier League season," Watson said. "The coaching and management team at the Khulna Titans are putting together an amazing squad, so hopefully we can bring home that title that we have always been looking for." Watson announced his BBL retirement in April, but he continues to be an active player in other T20 leagues. In May, he nearly took Chennai Super Kings to the IPL title and he is now set to turn out in the inaugural Euro T20 Slam. The seventh edition of BPL is scheduled to start in first week of December later this year.

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