Saptari Cricket Association on Wednesday held the auction for the Saptari Premier League that kicks off on March 31 in Rajbiraj.
A total of five teams are participating in the tournament which was postponed last year due to COVID-19 and will now be into its third edition. In all, 65 players were auctioned – 13 in each team – with all sides having one marquee and one local icon.
Tilathi Koiladi have national team vice-captain Dipendra Singh Airee as their marquee player and Aashish Jha as the local icon. Pawan Sarraf is the marquee for Bajaj Khadak Warriors who have Bibek Yadav as the local icon. Another NPC player Kushal Bhurtel is the marquee for Rupani Riders and Anuj Kumar Yadav is their local icon.
Former Nepal national team allrounder Mehboob Alam is the marquee for TVS Kings Rajbiraj and Rohit Kumar Singh is their local icon. Siddhant Lohani is the marquee for Bode Barsain Thunders with Bikash Das being the local icon.
National team member Basanta Regmi, Aasif Sheikh, Anil Kumar Sah and Rashid Khan were listed in Grade ‘A’ for the auction and were sold for maximum price of Rs 15,000. Another Grade ‘A’ cricketer Sunil Dhamala was sold for Rs 8,000.
Saptari Premier League teams
TVS Kings Rajbiraj: Mehboob Alam, Rohit Kumar Singh, Aasif Sheikh, Prashant Singh, Sonu Tamang, Sonu Ansari, Robin Kumar Singh, Kamal Khatri, Iqbal Hussain, Rupesh Singh, Amal Das, Bibek Yadav, Sanjit Sah, Prashant Sah, Sudarshan Singh
Bode Barsain Thunders: Siddhant Lohani, Bikash Das, Basanta Regmi, Yogendra Singh Karki, Abinash Karn, Bishal Sushling, Narayan Joshi, Pappu Kumar Yadav, Rahul Kumar Mandal, Rajiv Yadav, Aakash Yadav, Aman Yadav, Mohammad Sakim, Asan Jamal, Bishal Yadav
Tilathi Koiladi: Dipendra Singh Airee, Aashish Jha, Rashid Khan, Santosh Karki, Aadil Ansari, Rohan BK, Dipesh Kandel, Nitesh Yadav, Manish Mandal, Chitra Bahadur Bista, Amit Mandal, Yuvaraj Mandal, Saket Singh, Dipesh Sardar, Ajay Marik
Rupani Riders: Kushal Bhurtel, Anuj Kumar Yadav, Sunil Dhamala, Lokesh Bam, Amit Yadav, Firdosh Ansari, Sumit Jha, Rewati Yadav, Niraj Mukhiya, Bhola Sah, Prabhu Yadav, Bikki Chaudhary, Ashok Mehta, Bal Krishna Yadav
Bajaj Khadak Warriors: Pawan Sarraf, Bibek Yadav, Anil Kumar Sah, Anil Kharel, Mukunda Yadav, Gulshan Jha, Gomananda Amat, Niraj Kumar Yadav, Prashant Rai, Ajay Yadav, Pappu Yadav, Raj Barma, Abhishek Karki, Nabin Kumar Mandal, Bhim Yadav