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Cricket news - BPL and Riders set to gain from de Villiers' arrival

AB de Villiers is set to join Rangpur Riders

Steven Smith and David Warner injuries have led to the Bangladesh Premier League will be without two of their marquee player for part of this edition. While Smith is already back home in Australia, Warner will be on his way soon. And that's what makes AB de Villiers arrival in Bangladesh, as significant for the League as for the franchise, he'll be driver for the Rangpur -.

"I've heard good things about the BPL," de Villiers told the media upon his arrival in Sylhet. "I asked the boys in the IPL, as it is, and you said, the quality of the cricket is fantastic. It is a tournament that will grow from strength to strength each year. I'm very happy to be a part of it this year."

Rangpur riders lost their last three games and desperately need a victory. De Villiers joining the squad should auger well for the franchise, which already has players such as Chris Gayle and Alex Hales.

"It is a fantastic team, if you look at the name. It is a really well balanced team. I know, the Rangpur-riders have had some success in the past. If we are, I hope, a bit of a run in the direction of the final stage of the tournament, the last six matches in the pool Phase, we qualify for the knockouts."

De Villiers will be for a minimum of six BPL matches, after which he will feature in the Super League in Pakistan and then the Indian Premier League.

"I have a little bit of cricket in the Mzansi League in South Africa," he said. "You can call it, the start to my new season. I stay fit and busy. I love to come to Bangladesh. I was not here for a while.

"I have always enjoyed, wicket to turn a bit, and then you get some good wickets as well. I've seen the last game against Sylhet. The wicket played pretty well. Hope to be back tomorrow."

While the driver will be expected, some runs of de Villiers, the 34-year-old has to make his peace with the sport that serves good days and bad days.

"I have the expectations in the course of my career, so it's nothing new for me. The game of cricket is up and down. You can't do every game. I am also realistic about the sport. I don't expect to much from me. But I expect fireworks from time to time."

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