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Rifat H
February 29, 2012, 01:44 PM
PCA concerns over BPL corruption

The Professional Cricketers' Association (PCA), the English player's body, has significant worries about the organisation of the recently completed Bangladesh Premier League, including anti-corruption measures taken, and is also concerned whether county cricketers who have appeared in the tournament will be fully paid following a competition dogged by controversy.

The final of BPL was played on Tuesday with Dhaka Gladiators crowned champions against Barisal Burners. Phil Mustard, the Durham wicketkeeper, and Hampshire's Kabir Ali were involved for Barisal while other county players, including Gary Keedy, Jason Roy, Niall O'Brien and Darren Stevens, have been involved during the tournament for various franchises. Jos Buttler, the Somerset wicketkeeper-batsman, was due to take part but was selected for England's one-day and T20 squads to face Pakistan.

There is no suggestion that any English players have been caught up in controversy during the event, but Sajid Khan, a Pakistani citizen, was arrested earlier this week following a game between Chittagong Kings and Barisal Burners in Mirpur in relation to match-fixing claims. Before the tournament started Mashrafe Mortaza, the former Bangladesh captain who led Dhaka Gladiators, reported he had been approached over spot-fixing. There was also a huge confusion over which teams had reached the semi-finals.

"We had concerns about the competition from the outset," Angus Porter, the PCA chief executive, told ESPNcricinfo. "We're not comfortable with what has happened from an anti-corruption point of view although we had done as good a job as we could to ensure our players, and other players from FICA [Federation of International Cricketers' Association] countries, had briefings and were aware of lines of communication if they had anything to report."

Now that the BPL has been completed the PCA's main priority will be to ensure the players who took part are fully paid before starting to learn lessons from the tournament. "The major question remaining is whether players will get paid what they're owed," Porter said. "We briefed them very clearly on what the contract was that had been agreed between FICA and the organisers.

"It included a schedule of payments, including money before they went, another chunk during and the final payment afterwards. As I understand some players are still waiting for their mid-tournament payment. It's early to press the panic button but I am concerned whether players will get paid what they are due."

FICA, led by former Australia offspinner Tim May, of which the PCA is part of alongside the player bodies from Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and West Indies, insisted on being involved in the player contracts but it was the only element that the representatives were able to control and Porter said consideration was given to advising players not to join.

"We did think about whether recommending people shouldn't go but in the end thought it should be a matter for individual judgement and we gave people a fairly clear briefing that they needed to go in with their eyes open and a few things to watch out for."

The PCA will undertake extensive debriefs with the county-based players who have been involved and expects the same from FICA before their recommendations are put to the ICC. "It's highly likely that FICA will do some kind of structured feedback from all the players with a particular focus on minimum standards and lessons to be learned," Porter said. "I think we will make a representation to the ICC about the establishment of basic standards for this kind."

http://www.espncricinfo.com/bangladesh-premier-league-2012/content/current/story/555822.html

Rabz
February 29, 2012, 02:00 PM
Bunch of over jealous losers who are scared of BPL's success and are afraid that we might actually become a global destination of cricketers around the world.

IPL was bad enough for them, and now BPL, they are afraid that yet another country from the subcontinent is becoming cricketing hotspot!!

tejkuni
February 29, 2012, 11:37 PM
Why the heading is BPL corruption? There are cases of spot fixing in England domestic cricket. Should we say corrupt county cricket? BPL is trying it's best to catch corrupt people (for example catching that Pakistani, notifying police and ICC, etc). PCA should wait a little bit before expressing concerns.

Jadukor
March 1, 2012, 12:18 AM
Now that the tournament is over I hope BPL will pay the players quickly and not disgrace bangladesh

PoorFan
March 1, 2012, 12:28 AM
"We did think about whether recommending people shouldn't go but in the end thought it should be a matter for individual judgement and we gave people a fairly clear briefing that they needed to go in with their eyes open and a few things to watch out for."

The PCA will undertake extensive debriefs with the county-based players who have been involved and expects the same from FICA before their recommendations are put to the ICC. "It's highly likely that FICA will do some kind of structured feedback from all the players with a particular focus on minimum standards and lessons to be learned," Porter said. "I think we will make a representation to the ICC about the establishment of basic standards for this kind."
All I see, PCA people are desperate to get associate with a potetial big pie. Desperate to get few job with fancy title, somekind of clearance or monitoring job is in their mind. They find it as a business opportunity, thanks to Mushi comment on payment, was pure ignorance and such ignorant people should know the range of his own authority, before open his mouth.

Rifat H
March 1, 2012, 12:39 AM
Bunch of over jealous losers who are scared of BPL's success and are afraid that we might actually become a global destination of cricketers around the world.

IPL was bad enough for them, and now BPL, they are afraid that yet another country from the subcontinent is becoming cricketing hotspot!!

Agree Rabz bhai. I think this will help them

http://pakpassion.net/ppforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=23796&stc=1&d=1328938788

playmaker
March 1, 2012, 12:48 AM
PCA???

This is BPL which is run by our cricket board not BD governent. Bangladesh is a country about cricket and corruption but there is no MIXTURE OF CORRUPTION IN CRICKET.

This is why we are proud of Bangladesh

F6_Turbo
March 1, 2012, 01:14 AM
Now that the tournament is over I hope BPL will pay the players quickly and not disgrace bangladesh

Channel 9 last night brought Mr. Ganguly of Game On, to a talk show last night, and he dealt with the pay issue in detail.

All the players were paid an initial 20-25%(depending on what they individually agreed), another 40-50% of the money was to be paid during the course of the tournament(which we must remember was what all over in 3 weeks, not 3 months!), and the final portions of their payments within the next couple of months.

From what he saying, it sounded like the local players, signed the most owner friendly contracts(payments over a longer duration, so some of them might have to wait another 5-6 months to get their full dues).

But as everyone knows by now, the BCB/BPL governing body has cash deposits from all the franchises as security in case they don't meet their obligations. And there is an official procedure for players to deal with this issue. So in the final analysis - NO ONE will go away from BPL-1, without getting their full payment.

Jadukor
March 1, 2012, 02:02 AM
Channel 9 last night brought Mr. Ganguly of Game On, to a talk show last night, and he dealt with the pay issue in detail.

All the players were paid an initial 20-25%(depending on what they individually agreed), and then as we all know now, another 40-50% of the money was to be paid during the course of the tournament(which we must remember was what all over in 3 weeks, not 3 months!), and the final portions of their payments within the next couple of months.

From what he saying, it sounded like the local players, signed the most owner friendly contracts(payments over a longer duration, so some of them might have to wait another 5-6 months to get their full dues).

But as everyone knows by now, the BCB/BPL governing body has cash deposits from all the franchises as security in case they don't meet their obligations. And there is an official procedure for players to deal with this issue. So in the final analysis - NO ONE will go away from BPL-1, without getting their full payment.

That's great news indeed. In fact when i first heard about the kind of money thrown about to buy players at the auction i was surprised at first but then felt a sense of pride too. This tournament showed that even though we are not as big as india, our private sector is still no pushover.

rakib08
March 1, 2012, 06:35 AM
Top news for Crapinfo for last 12 hour... it will be good publicity for BPL... Although they did not publish any good news about BPL yet in their headline section...

playmaker
March 1, 2012, 10:08 AM
^^^

yeah, afterall, they cannot only praise IPL

Dhakablues
March 1, 2012, 01:24 PM
You can pretty much get the sense that they didn't like BPL 'from the outset' as they mentioned. They even dare to mention that they discouraged the players!! I am not going to get into the politics but if their concern is players welfare,,, they probably would've said, its a great news for players as they now have a new avenue to earn living besides county matches... Clearly they aren't there to support BPL or BCB..

reyme
March 1, 2012, 07:09 PM
Too bad they are incapable of arranging this type of mega event. Making up issues out of thin air! Where is the corruption in BPL? Bunch of jealous losers who has nothing better to do in their low lives...

playmaker
March 2, 2012, 08:44 AM
^^^

Agree,BD is the 2nd best location to hold such a mega event

I dont see England, SAF or any other arranging a tournament of such caliber