Sunday, 18 April 2021

Jos Buttler signs Bangladesh T20 deal

Jos Buttler

DHAKA: Jos Buttler has agreed a contract understood to be worth £200,000 to play in the Bangladesh Premier League in November – a move that will hinge on whether England give permission on security grounds or select him as their reserve wicketkeeper for the Ashes.

Buttler, who has agreed to join Comilla Victorians, impressed when captaining England on the one-day leg of their Bangladesh tour last winter in the absence of Eoin Morgan and is one of a number of the white-ball squad to have been approached by the Twenty20 competition.

Organisers for the BPL, the fifth season of which begins on 2 November, have been forced to increase the value of their contracts this year – and offer players money up front – to trump those available in the new South African Global T20 League that starts only two days later.

Signing a leading international such as Buttler before the South African league’s draft on 26 August is a coup for the BPL and he will be joined in the tournament by his England team-mate David Willey, who has similarly agreed a deal in principle with the Rangpur Riders.

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