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April 5, 2012, 11:51 PM

A total of 13 players employed by counties appeared in the BPL in February and signed contracts worth between $25,000-$75,000. None have been paid their full fees with a fraction having received up to 50 per cent of the money owed.

“The contract was brokered by FICA (international players union) and set out the players should get 25 per cent before the start of the tournament, 50 per cent during it and 25 per cent at the end,” Angus Porter, chief executive of the Professional Cricketers’ Association told The Telegraph. “A handful have received 75 per cent, but most only 25. I don’t know of anyone who has received the full payment.

“This is not just an England problem. It impacts on players from all nations. If the Bangladesh Cricket Board is seeking to build long term relationships with players and want them to come back and play next year then this is not a very good way to go about it. I don’t know what is going on behind the scenes but I do have a concern that this may be something more than a delay.”

The tournament was designed to mirror the Indian Premier League and sprang up in a matter of a few weeks with the sale of six franchises followed by a hastily arranged auction early in February which featured the likes of Shahid Afridi and Chris Gayle.

It was held over 19 days with Durham and England wicketkeeper Phil Mustard a losing finalist on Feb 29 for the Barisal Burners. Matt Prior had put his name forward for the auction but was blocked from appearing in the league by the England management who held reservations over the organisation of the league, which was officially sanctioned by the International Cricket Council.

Somerset’s Peter Trego, Surrey batsmen Jason Roy and Tom Maynard as well as Northamptonshire’s Irish wicketkeeper Niall O’Brien were among the players to have signed deals. A number of deadlines for paying the money owed have passed and a last resort could be legal action.

“Events like this receive official backing from the ICC and there they should be made to conform to minimum standards in operational areas,” said Porter. “It is bad for the reputation of the game and bad for the bank balances of players who have not been paid.

"We have seen correspondence from the BCB promising payments will be made but at this stage the players are just fed up and think they will not be paid anything.

“Potentially they could take legal action. That would be costly and uncertain as jurisdiction would lie with Bangladesh courts. I am hopeful an appropriate amount of pressure from boards, players and hopefully the ICC can be brought to bear.”

The BCB were unavailable for comment on Thursday night. During the tournament a bookie was arrested in Chittagong for contacting players and a Sunday newspaper article quoted another bookie claiming to have arranged the result of one match.

“We were a bit concerned that the tournament was organised at the last minute,” said Porter. “And also because the questions we were asking about organisation, payments, medical provision and anti-corruption went unanswered.”


April 6, 2012, 03:13 AM


Its a shame, big shame. Before it used to be an internal issue and it was within the country...now BPL is globalizing it. Its our board, who should be blamed for not taking any steps. these issues have been published numerous times on several national news papers. i dont see any overseas people coming to play in our country near future. Seriously BCB should make a deadline to pay the players ASAP.

April 6, 2012, 03:49 AM
The duty to pay these players promptly lies with the respective team owners. Why they did not do so yet and why the BCB hasn't chased them up about this reflects the 'professionalism' of both parties.

I thought there was a financial body that guaranteed the player's salaries if any of the team managements defaulted? Was it the Central Bank?

April 6, 2012, 04:21 AM
dont blame BCB a single bit. The players are contracted by the league owners and the league owners and no else will take the 100 percent blame


April 6, 2012, 04:44 AM
i really just cant believe this , this is just big shame for us bangladeshi and for entire bangladesh cricket nation , bcb should take immedite decision bout this for sake of our cricket

April 6, 2012, 04:54 AM
Same shht happpens in ipl too.where do they hide then??? Why fica is so concerned? Probably jelous
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April 6, 2012, 06:36 AM
What a shame.

April 6, 2012, 09:16 AM
Holy ****, I can't believe this.

BCB, please resolve it ASAP and someone update this forum.

April 6, 2012, 09:33 AM
This is bad. I thought BCB sent a letter to the team owners about it. This has gone to the world media now. Not good..

April 6, 2012, 11:36 AM
We need to scr*w each member of the board individually. They deserve it.

April 7, 2012, 06:11 AM
We need to scr*w each member of the board individually. They deserve it.

Ahem... hope u realise they are all butch men with beards and hair on chest...:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

(sorry WarWolf, couldnt resist)

April 7, 2012, 09:26 AM
Haire Lotus and co....haire BCB :facepalm: jao ektu shunam hoisilo...ekhon shetao gelo....ICC bolsilo je 2 bochor BPL ke dekhbe before they allow them to take part in Champions League....ar ekhon ei....2 bochor teke ki na ke jane....
Btw, cricman bhai do u go to are u a member of cricket-365? Saw someone by your username

April 7, 2012, 04:23 PM
:shh:shhh.. its serious offence (http://www.espncricinfo.com/bangladesh-premier-league-2012/content/story/555706.html) to talk about it.

April 7, 2012, 10:21 PM
Daily Star:

April 9, 2012, 02:10 PM
If you never had the money why did you organize BPL to begin with....??

If you have the money, Pay up before things get really really scary and Bangladesh Cricket is destroyed

April 9, 2012, 05:19 PM
BC members were laughing on 20 ponds paid to faysal bank tournament players. :)

It bounced back.lol.

Why you organized when you cant pay. lol

Purbasha T
April 9, 2012, 05:59 PM
^ Lol yeah, in our faces innit? ;)


Oh no, what happened! chchch

April 26, 2012, 08:23 PM
কোটি কোটি টাকার বিপিএলে সবচেয়ে বড় আকর্ষণ ছিল টাকা। কিন্তু এখন সেই টাকার জন্যই হাপিত্যেশ করে মরছেন ক্রিকেটাররা। ক্রিকেটারদের পক্ষে তাই এবার মুখ খুললেন আন্তর্জাতিক ক্রিকেটারদের সংগঠন ফিকার প্রধান টিম মেও। চুক্তি অনুযায়ী খেলোয়াড়দের অর্থ পরিশোধ না করায় বিপিএল কর্তৃপক্ষকে সমালোচনার তিরে বিদ্ধ করেছেন তিনি।
পাক পেশন ডট নেটকে মে বলেছেন, ‘চুক্তি অনুযায়ী ফ্র্যাঞ্চাইজিগুল র টাকা পরিশোধ করার কথা ছিল তিন কিস্তিতে। টুর্নামেন্ট শুরুর আগে একবার, টুর্নামেন্ট চলাকালীন একবার এবং শেষটা টুর্নামেন্ট শেষে। আমাদের এ-ও নিশ্চিত করা হয়েছিল যে বাংলাদেশ ক্রিকেট বোর্ড (বিসিবি) খেলোয়াড়দের টাকা-পয়সার নিশ্চয়তা দিয়েছে।’
বিসিবিকে বকেয়া পরিশোধের আহ্বান জানিয়ে মে বলেছেন, বিপিএল নিয়ে শুরু থেকেই সংশয়ে ছিলেন তাঁরা। ‘বিপিএলের চুক্তি এবং চুক্তির শর্তের ব্যাপারে আমরা খেলোয়াড়দের আগেই সাবধান করেছিলাম। আমরা তাদের বলেছিলাম, প্রথম ২৫ শতাংশ অর্থ না পেলে যেন কেউ বাংলাদেশে না যায়।’ বলেছেন ফিকার প্রধান। বিসিবিকে চুক্তির শর্ত মনে করিয়ে দিয়ে তিনি বলেছেন, ‘খেলোয়াড়দের টাকা দিতে বাধ্য বিসিবি ও ফ্র্যাঞ্চাইজিগুল এবং সেই বাধ্যবাধকতারও সময় পেরিয়ে গেছে। এটা ঠিক যে ধীরে ধীরে হলেও অনেক খেলোয়াড় টাকা পাচ্ছে। কিন্তু আমরা কোনো ধরনের অজুহাত শুনতে চাই না, কারণ শর্ত মেনে টাকা দিতে তারা বাধ্য এবং তাদের উচিত সেই শর্তের প্রতি সম্মান দেখানো।’
বিপিএলের টাকা নিয়ে হতাশা দেশি-বিদেশি সব ক্রিকেটারেরই। চুক্তি অনুযায়ী টুর্নামেন্ট শুরুর আগে ২৫ শতাংশ, টুর্নামেন্ট চলাকালীন ৫০ শতাংশ এবং বাকি ২৫ শতাংশ অর্থ দেওয়ার কথা ছিল টুর্নামেন্ট শেষ হওয়ার ৪৫ দিনের মধ্যে। অথচ সেই শর্ত মেনে কোনো ফ্র্যাঞ্চাইজিই এখন পর্যন্ত সব টাকা বুঝিয়ে দেয়নি ক্রিকেটারদের। ওয়েবসাইট।


Why at pak passion?

April 28, 2012, 04:51 PM
^Eyta bujhlen na? Unader deshe jai nai bole ekhon amader niye negative news kortese. The sad thing is, khobor ta shotti thanks to BCB and the franchises.