Williams set for maiden BPL dance Sean Williams

Eddie Chikamhi Senior Sports Reporter

AFTER giving a good account on his return to competitive cricket action, all-rounder Sean Williams is set to be among an array of international stars that will take part in the upcoming Bangladesh Premier League.

The Zimbabwe all-rounder was picked by holders and three-time champions Comilla Victorians ahead of the ninth season of the BPL T20 tournament.

This will be his first time to play in this tournament, although he has previous experience in Bangladesh with Union Brothers in the List A Dhaka Premier League in 2016.

Williams was unveiled as the latest foreign acquisition on Wednesday along with West Indies’ Chadwick Walton.

The BPL draft featured a total of 660 cricketers, among them 400 foreigners and 260 local players.

Apart from Walton, Williams will be in the same team with overseas professionals that include Pakistan’s star wicket-keeper batter Mohammad Rizwan, pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi, all-rounder Khushdil Shah and leg-spinner Abrar Ahmed.

Englishman Josh Cobb and West Indies batter Brandon King are also set to line up in the Comilla Victorians team.

Williams becomes the third Zimbabwean to sign for the upcoming Bangladesh Premier League, on the back of an impressive run of form.

Recently, he bounced back into the top ten of the ICC T20 all-rounder rankings after acquitting himself in Zimbabwe colours at the ICC T20 Cricket World Cup in Australia.

He was Zimbabwe’s second-best performer at the biennial global event, after Sikandar Raza with 155 runs and five wickets.

But he had to overcome obstacles along the way as he missed three months of cricket action following the death of his father, Colin, in April this year.

Still, the experienced left-hander is expected to play a big part for Comilla Victorians, having had previous experience in Bangladesh with the Brothers Union in the List A Dhaka Premier League.

Comilla Victorians are one of the most successful franchises in the BPL tournament.

They have won the tournament three times and will head into the new campaign as defending champions.

The 43-day-long BPL will get underway on January 5 next year with the grand finale scheduled for February 16.

Williams is one of the many foreign players that are set to grace the tournament along with compatriots Sikandar Raza and Ryan Burl.

Raza is set to play for Rangpur Riders while another all-rounder Ryan Burl has signed for Sylhet Strikers.

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