Team Captain of Premium Bengalees Cricket Club announced by American Premiere League

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Baizid Siddiqui named Captain of Premium Bengalees Cricket Club of American Premiere League Sept. 14, 2021. Photo: videograb from Twitter @APLcricketUSA

Baizid Siddiqui has been named team captain of the Premium Bengalees Cricket Club that is competing in the inaugural American Premiere League (APL) tournament.The Bengalees is the latest team in the White Plains, N.Y.-based APL, founded by entrepreneur Jay Mir.

Siddiqui grew up in Chittagong, Bangladesh and started playing cricket for his school team. After moving to the United States, Siddiqui played cricket in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., New Jersey and New York leagues, the APL said in a Sept. 14, 2021 press release.

Career highlights include winning three championships with Gymkhana Cricket Club of New Jersey and winning two championships with Newcastle Cricket Club in the Philadelphia cricket league.

“We are excited to have Baizid joining the American Premiere League,” Founder and CEO of APL Jay Mir, is quoted saying in the press release. “We are looking forward to seeing him compete for Team Bengalees!’

Siddiqui has been playing for several different top in the New York Bangladeshi cricket league since 2007. He also played for the winning Bangladesh Tigers Team in the prestigious Michigan Diversity Cup 2018.

“I am excited to be a part of the American Premiere League,” Siddiqui said. “It’s an honor to lead the Bengalees team alongside former Pakistan first class player Adnan Taj as our team vice captain. It’s also a great honor to represent our community in this league.”

The American Premiere League is owned and operated by American Sports and Entertainment Group, chaired by Mir. “While many cricket leagues have tried to gain traction in the United States, APL aims to unite cricket fans across the country for a historic event by naming their teams after cricket-loving communities: Americans, Indians, Windees, Aussies, English, Paks and Bengalees,” the APL said in the press release.

(Tickets for the APL tournament this September start at $50 and are on sale now. Visit Americanpremiereleague.org or call 914-340-1127 for tickets.)

 

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