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May 1, 2012, 06:02 PM
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"Players Deserve Better from BPL Franchises and BCB" : Tim May
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By Saj Sadiq (25th April 2012)



The 2012 Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) tournament was touted as a worthy local partner to the hugely popular Indian Premier League (IPL). It featured some big names from the world of international cricket and also allowed Pakistani players, many of whom were unable to play in the IPL, to display their talent in return for, what they hoped would have been, some lucrative financial returns.

The T20 tournament was held between February 9th and 29th with the Dhaka Gladiators being declared winners by virtue of a 8 wicket victory over the Barisal Burners.

Whilst the initial version of the tournament may have ended on a high note for the organizers, the thorny issue of delayed payments for participants continues to rankle many who are involved with the game.

Tim May is the CEO of the The Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA). As the head of an organization which protects the interests of professional cricketers throughout the world, he is understandably concerned by the issue of delayed payments to cricketers involved in the BPL.

In exclusive comments made to PakPassion.net, Tim vociferously criticizes the BPL administration for their non-compliance with terms and conditions of player contracts and also discusses some of the options open to FICA for pursuing this cause.


On Advice given by FICA to players before commencement of BPL

“We originally advised players not to sign the first draft of contracts that were being offered as the contracts were very basic and needed a lot of work to bring them up to an acceptable level. Through an intermediary we were able to negotiate the final player contracts with the BPL and the end contract were agreeable to us.

As part of the contract we staggered payment obligations of the franchises across 3 dates, one before the tournament commenced, one during and one following the event. We also ensured that the Bangladesh Cricket Board guaranteed the player payments (this was written into the player contract).

We advised players that despite us coming to agreement with the BPL regarding the terms and conditions of the contract – that we had some concerns regarding the tournament and advised that players should not travel to Bangladesh without receiving the first 25% installment of their salary”


Opinion on the whole issue of delays and non-payments of dues to players

“Our take is that there is an obligation on the franchises and BCB to pay the players and that those obligations have well and truly expired."

"Whilst slowly but surely some of the players are being progressively paid, we don’t really care for excuses as there is an obligation to pay and they must honor these obligations.”


Obligations on BPL organizers and their refusal to respond to FICA enquiries

"The final payment of the player’s contract was to have been paid within 45 days of the completion of the event. These monies were to be paid by the franchises (the BCB is a guarantor of these amounts). The 45 days has now elapsed.”

“Following the finalization of the player contract, the BCB stated that they did not recognize FICA and will not deal with us – nonetheless we will continue our efforts to recover the players money and will not rest until all players, foreign and local have been paid."


Damage to the image of Cricket in general and in particular to Bangladesh

“Put simply, players deserve better. I think it is particularly embarrassing to the Bangladesh Cricket Board – after all they have made a commitment to guarantee payment within the 45 day period and it appears that they have no intention of honoring this at the moment."

"You expect more from the governors of our sport.”


ICCs role in supervision and oversight of such high profile tournaments.

“I actually do feel that they should get more involved – particularly from an anti corruption and anti doping perspective. Some countries simply don’t have the resources to provide all the necessary testing, policing and education related to the above, and as we have seen, any infractions of the respective codes have a large impact on the reputation and worth of the game worldwide.”


Possible course of action to address this issue, including the legal route

“Legal action will be the last course of action – we hope that we are able to convince the franchises and BCB to honor their obligations to players in as short a time as possible."

"Non payment of players will be a sure way to ensure that players wont play in the event next year!”

BANFAN
May 2, 2012, 05:25 AM
Another Pak Passion Master Piece....brothers of some our B'Deshis.....:)

Naimul_Hd
May 2, 2012, 05:30 AM
Lotus kamal er shikkha hoye jawar kotha...ar jodi kono din Pakistani player anchi BPL e :D

Gowza
May 2, 2012, 05:37 AM
so players haven't been paid yet? the BPL was great this year, but don't expect players to comeback if you don't pay them.....

amar11432
May 2, 2012, 09:47 AM
That troll also forgot to post...


BPL franchises set payment deadlines

Bangladesh Premier League franchise owners have set a deadline of May 9 and May 31 for the clearance of payments for international and local cricketers respectively. The dates were decided in a meeting initiated by the Bangladesh Cricket Board between BCB president Mustafa Kamal and the franchise owners on Monday after the issue of delay in payments was raised in newspapers in Bangladesh, Pakistan and the UK.

Even before the BPL started, the franchises had said that due to bank transfers being the payment mode, they would need the permission of the concerned authorities in the government. The breakdown of the payments - amount paid in advance and the amount paid after the tournament - was never made public.

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim, who also led Duronto Rajshahi in the BPL, was the first and only cricketer to raise the flag that payments to the local and overseas players haven't been made properly. Julien Fountain, Pakistan and Dhaka Gladiators fielding coach, had tweeted about the payment issue as well. ESPNcricinfo found out that several local players were unhappy with payment issues but declined to comment or be quoted when contacted.

The transfer of foreign currency from Bangladesh to other countries is considerably difficult as the Bangladesh Bank sets a limit. Franchises have often cited this as a problem to make payments to players' bank accounts, especially because the tournament was set-up and staged within a few weeks. Several of these issues were apparently not addressed ahead of the February 10 opening game.

Meanwhile, the National Board of Revenue (NBR) has said that the April 30 deadline for the BPL franchises to pay taxes will not be extended. Kanon Kumar Roy, director general of Directorate of Inspection (Taxes), Dhaka told The Daily Star yesterday, "We will take drastic action to realise taxes. We will set our next course of action in a meeting which will take place within this week. Many of them requested us to extend the date for paying the dues, but we are not considering their appeals."

According to NBR officials, the tax authorities received one crore (10 million) taka from the BPL parties - which includes six franchises, event management firm Game On Sports, players' salaries and the BPL governing council - while a tax payment of 20 crore (200 million) taka was projected. NBR had formed a team headed by Roy to monitor all financial transactions in a bid to ensure that all taxes are going to the state coffers.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/bangladesh/content/story/563294.html

mufi_02
May 2, 2012, 09:56 AM
^^ Yup. BCB had a meeting with the franchise and decided to clear all payment by May. The original article was published in PP and then picked up by other dailies.

Their efforts are getting very irritating.

AsifTheManRahman
May 2, 2012, 10:08 AM
Here's (http://www.banglacricket.com/alochona/showthread.php?t=40896) the BCB Media Release, posted a couple of days ago.

firstlane
May 2, 2012, 11:36 PM
Its on cricinfo again:

"Last week the chief executive of the Federation of International Players' Associations (FICA) expressed his dismay at the failure of the Bangladesh Cricket Board, despite several requests, to pay those who made their spanking new premier league possible. "

"We seem to be reaching crisis point in terms of relations between cricketers and boards, what with the continuing power struggle in the Caribbean and players not being paid in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Or am I exaggerating?"

http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/563337.html

This is the last thing I wanted us to be labelled as- "thieves". Loitta is the worst person ever to be born in Bangladesh after the war criminals- "thuk".

Btw, can we move this thread to BPL section please.

cornerdtiger
May 21, 2012, 06:13 AM
That troll also forgot to post...


BPL franchises set payment deadlines

Bangladesh Premier League franchise owners have set a deadline of May 9 and May 31 for the clearance of payments for international and local cricketers respectively. The dates were decided in a meeting initiated by the Bangladesh Cricket Board between BCB president Mustafa Kamal and the franchise owners on Monday after the issue of delay in payments was raised in newspapers in Bangladesh, Pakistan and the UK.

Even before the BPL started, the franchises had said that due to bank transfers being the payment mode, they would need the permission of the concerned authorities in the government. The breakdown of the payments - amount paid in advance and the amount paid after the tournament - was never made public.

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim, who also led Duronto Rajshahi in the BPL, was the first and only cricketer to raise the flag that payments to the local and overseas players haven't been made properly. Julien Fountain, Pakistan and Dhaka Gladiators fielding coach, had tweeted about the payment issue as well. ESPNcricinfo found out that several local players were unhappy with payment issues but declined to comment or be quoted when contacted.

The transfer of foreign currency from Bangladesh to other countries is considerably difficult as the Bangladesh Bank sets a limit. Franchises have often cited this as a problem to make payments to players' bank accounts, especially because the tournament was set-up and staged within a few weeks. Several of these issues were apparently not addressed ahead of the February 10 opening game.

Meanwhile, the National Board of Revenue (NBR) has said that the April 30 deadline for the BPL franchises to pay taxes will not be extended. Kanon Kumar Roy, director general of Directorate of Inspection (Taxes), Dhaka told The Daily Star yesterday, "We will take drastic action to realise taxes. We will set our next course of action in a meeting which will take place within this week. Many of them requested us to extend the date for paying the dues, but we are not considering their appeals."

According to NBR officials, the tax authorities received one crore (10 million) taka from the BPL parties - which includes six franchises, event management firm Game On Sports, players' salaries and the BPL governing council - while a tax payment of 20 crore (200 million) taka was projected. NBR had formed a team headed by Roy to monitor all financial transactions in a bid to ensure that all taxes are going to the state coffers.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/bangladesh/content/story/563294.html
The deadlines past almost 2 weeks now. How unproffessional ur bpl is. and people here were saying its better than bigbash and friendlife t20

cricheart
May 21, 2012, 01:32 PM
Ahh.. again a Saj Sadiq thread bump.. :lol:

You guys should sue Kamal for this delay... jk :D
Watching cricket is what outside part of this entertainment show, and we are part of it as fans. But paying the performers is what happens behind the curtain in professional arrangement in secret. As long as no player or their agent claim it thru leagal ground yet, I'll assume even they ain't fully paid, but got enough to shut up for the moment. C'mon unlike ICL/PCL, BPL is a professional event guaranteed by BCB, a govt body we are talking about here! Today/tomorrow everyone's due will be paid. Pak professionals knows it very well as they been playing here in BD for long, experienced with Bangladeshi way of burgain & fractions in payments is part of business here. Contracts are more shown as formality; peer relation & trust is what real base here.

Even if FICA head, Tim May has some interest on this issue, but Saj illegaly publishing Tim's threat mail to BCB head in PakPassion is nothing but intensional personal droll to spoil BD image.
:facepalm:I'm really ashamed for BCB's breaching contracts here as they ignor Our image in abroad and let this mishap, but also I'm in a stance for forgiving BPL's gov body to successfully arrange such IPL-like show in such short notice, allthough leaving number of questions for ill-organised league.

Dear Pak bros MARK it, BPL2 will happen, even Pak players get paid or not. So keep trolling as long as you got the drums & sticks. I'm not someone who would ever want to have a bro in law like Afridi anyway.

cornerdtiger
May 21, 2012, 02:57 PM
Ahh.. again a Saj Sadiq thread bump.. :lol:

You guys should sue Kamal for this delay... jk :D
Watching cricket is what outside part of this entertainment show, and we are part of it as fans. But paying the performers is what happens behind the curtain in professional arrangement in secret. As long as no player or their agent claim it thru leagal ground yet, I'll assume even they ain't fully paid, but got enough to shut up for the moment. C'mon unlike ICL/PCL, BPL is a professional event guaranteed by BCB, a govt body we are talking about here! Today/tomorrow everyone's due will be paid. Pak professionals knows it very well as they been playing here in BD for long, experienced with Bangladeshi way of burgain & fractions in payments is part of business here. Contracts are more shown as formality; peer relation & trust is what real base here.

Even if FICA head, Tim May has some interest on this issue, but Saj illegaly publishing Tim's threat mail to BCB head in PakPassion is nothing but intensional personal droll to spoil BD image.
:facepalm:I'm really ashamed for BCB's breaching contracts here as they ignor Our image in abroad and let this mishap, but also I'm in a stance for forgiving BPL's gov body to successfully arrange such IPL-like show in such short notice, allthough leaving number of questions for ill-organised league.

Dear Pak bros MARK it, BPL2 will happen, even Pak players get paid or not. So keep trolling as long as you got the drums & sticks. I'm not someone who would ever want to have a bro in law like Afridi anyway.

this isnt some fish market dealing we talking about with bargaining. this is proffessional cricketers wanting whats owed to them and written in their contracts. you do realize what a contract is dont you?. how the hell do you expect players to take bcbs word on anything related to bpl2 with the circus they got going on regarding payments. dont you worry Pak players are getting into IPL next time around. good riddance i guess on both sides.

P.S..lol keep comparing your players with afridi...when you produce a waqar,wasim,imran,miandad,fazal mahmood, zaheer abbas, saeed anwar, inzamam etc or even a player with 10% of their caliber then come back at pakistan. and i am not on pakpassion.

mufi_02
May 21, 2012, 03:07 PM
And what is your point corneredtiger? I see you coming here and just bashing everything that has to BD cricket and BCB. Pak has long and rich cricket history while BD is slowly starting to make a mark. All your posts has been highly critical everything related to BD cricket. While Pakistan has produced Wasim, Imran Khan, Miandad..they have also produced Salman Butt, Mohammed Asif and Mohammed Amir. But there is no need for me to go to PakPassion and bash everything related to Pak cricket and PCB.

You are welcome to criticize but please don't make it your only agenda.

Whatever happened regarding the tour should solely rests on Kamal. He was the only one that proposed and gave words to Zaka. So don't say that after going to Asia cup Final, BD started to think about highly of themselves and etc. We would love to go there but not now as this is not a safe situation. Don't judge the action of one Kamal and form an opinion about an entire team and millions of fans. But I strongly believe that after the tour was cancelled, Pak media went on a rampage to find everything negative about BD.

oronnya
May 21, 2012, 03:13 PM
And what is your point corneredtiger? I see you coming here and just bashing everything that has to BD cricket and BCB. Pak has long and rich cricket history while BD is slowly starting to make a mark. All your posts has been highly critical everything related to BD cricket. While Pakistan has produced Wasim, Imran Khan, Miandad..they have also produced Salman Butt, Mohammed Asif and Mohammed Amir. But there is no need for me to go to PakPassion and bash everything related to Pak cricket and PCB.

You are welcome to criticize but please don't make it your only agenda.

Whatever happened regarding the tour should solely rests on Kamal. He was the only one that proposed and gave words to Zaka. So don't say that after going to Asia cup Final, BD started to think about highly of themselves and etc. We would love to go there but not now as this is not a safe situation. Don't judge the action of one Kamal and form an opinion about an entire team and millions fans. But I strongly that after the tour was cancelled, Pak media went on a rampage to find everything negative about BD. Once again, Kamal was wrong and we all agree on that. But no need to go overboard and go all nuts.

:up::up::up::up:

cornerdtiger
May 21, 2012, 03:18 PM
i have studied with bangladeshis in my school days. i never experienced this type of anti pakistan rhetoric as is on this website at least not to my face with them infact most of them were and are my best buds. living is pakistan and you people have absolutely no idea about the security situation. here was me and 60,000 other lahoris getting ready to finally welcome an international side back home and that was turned into a circus humiliating the nation. it does leave a bitter taste in the mouth. i have been following your forum for over 2 years now. just made an account to try and clear alot of misconceptions about the current situation in pakistan but apparently most bangalis were so p*ssed off at losing the final...that shouldnot be a criteria in choosing whether to visit a nation or not. infact if you probably ask your players they wouldnt have a problem with playing in pakistan. oh well you people are so hell bent on antipakistanism i see your point. it was a mistake to make post here. im off. been a pleasure. sorry for trolling but their isnt anything i posted which was false

cornerdtiger
May 21, 2012, 03:20 PM
and pakpassion is not pakistani media. the posters there have their own opinions as do people here

MohammedC
May 21, 2012, 03:23 PM
So cornerdtiger how old are you son?

cornerdtiger
May 21, 2012, 03:27 PM
dont flatter yourself by calling me son. im 8 if you want me to be

mufi_02
May 21, 2012, 03:28 PM
:facepalm:

they think we lost the final and that's why we canceled the tour. :facepalm:

maybe that's why we are not paying the Pak players, coz we lost the final :facepalm:

But Kamal seriously should take some blame. It was not professional to propose a tour without knowing everything.

mufi_02
May 21, 2012, 03:32 PM
I just have one questions for you corneredtiger.

Do you really think its safe for an intl team to tour Pakistan? Forget all the Kamal/BCB fiasco, but as a lahore resident, do you think its safe?

cornerdtiger
May 21, 2012, 03:32 PM
:facepalm:

they think we lost the final and that's why we canceled the tour. :facepalm:

maybe that's why we are not paying the Pak players, coz we lost the final :facepalm:

But Kamal seriously should take some blame. It was not professional to propose a tour without knowing everything.

it wasnt professional to agree to tour and then back out and then agree and then back out and then agree and then get a court order. remeber the windies game in the worldcup vs bd, what happened afterwords with the bus well that would lend credibility to that theory

Maysun
May 21, 2012, 03:32 PM
Someone got pwned!

roman
May 21, 2012, 03:38 PM
Why can't we just MOVE ON? Seriously dude, where did you get your information from? We have said several times here in BC that we have nothing against Pakistani people and we would be happy if cricket gets back there. But not now when security is An issue.. Lotus wanted that tour just to benefit himself.

I could not stop laughing when I read that we don't want to go to Pakistan because of Asia cup Final..

cornerdtiger
May 21, 2012, 03:39 PM
I just have one questions for you corneredtiger.

Do you really think its safe for an intl team to tour Pakistan? Forget all the Kamal/BCB fiasco, but as a lahore resident, do you think its safe?

look it was safe in 09 as well. the only reason why the srilankan bus was attacked was that the elite police supposed to be for their security was deployed by the governor of punjab for his own defence due to political struggles with the chief minister.
and yes it is safe. there are attacks in the tribal areas and in khyber pakhtunkhwa but even i would suggest that you go ahead and check out the number of suicide attacks or other terrorist attacks in punjab over the last year and a half. there have been none. in addition to this the security to be provided this time around was supposed to be 100 times more. and if this time god forbid anything happened this government wouldnt survive and they knew that. but i guess better u didnot visit. it should be sri lanka first

MohammedC
May 21, 2012, 03:41 PM
what happened afterwords with the bus well that would lend credibility to that theory

Oh I see 60K lahories were disappointed no to see a bus full of Bangladeshi Cricketers blown-up by militant group.

You guys enjoy watching innocent people getting killed everyday don't you?

"Cricket is more important than life" that's your moto. Well for us Bangladeshi its completely different.

cornerdtiger
May 21, 2012, 03:43 PM
i was talking about the bus which was stoned during the world cup

mufi_02
May 21, 2012, 03:45 PM
Why bring WI incident with the Pak tour? Anyway, we all pray for normal situation in Pak. We will visit you guys then. In the meantime, enjoy your stay here and you will find something positive about us.

roman
May 21, 2012, 03:46 PM
it wasnt professional to agree to tour and then back out and then agree and then back out and then agree and then get a court order. remeber the windies game in the worldcup vs bd, what happened afterwords with the bus well that would lend credibility to that theory

Yes buddy, that was so wrong and you have all the rights to get upset. But please do know that we didn't like that drama either. We should've said NO to Pakistan tour long time ago. We are sorry that you had to go through all these because of an inept guy named Lotus. Let's move on please..

MohammedC
May 21, 2012, 03:47 PM
If it was safe for Bangladesh to tour then its safe for all the other teams. Cricket Australia are watching this thread, they will soon go in a meeting. Rumours are CA chiefs will propose PCB to move the tour from Srilanka to Pakistan because BC member corneredtiger thinks its safe in Pakistan.

Maysun
May 21, 2012, 03:48 PM
I second that, roman!

cornerdtiger
May 21, 2012, 03:50 PM
i have had a lot of positive experince about bangladeshis as i posted before. and the only reason i visited your site for along time was and is because i am a fan of bangladeshi cricket ever since that 05 match vs australia. i guess you would not believe me but the situation here is not what you people think it is(pakistan). one day bangladesh may be victimized by america(GodForbid) then you will see what the western media does to your countrys image. im not saying that pakistan has been ultrasafe for the past decade and a half but it has been as safe as it was in the 90s for the past 18 months atleast

cornerdtiger
May 21, 2012, 03:51 PM
If it was safe for Bangladesh to tour then its safe for all the other teams. Cricket Australia are watching this thread, they will soon go in a meeting. Rumours are CA chiefs will propose PCB to move the tour from Srilanka to Pakistan because BC member corneredtiger thinks its safe in Pakistan.

:notworthy:

cornerdtiger
May 21, 2012, 03:53 PM
i really didnot want to troll i am sorry but of all countries that play cricket well not expected from you guys

mufi_02
May 21, 2012, 03:54 PM
i have had a lot of positive experince about bangladeshis as i posted before. and the only reason i visited your site for along time was and is because i am a fan of bangladeshi cricket ever since that 05 match vs australia. i guess you would not believe me but the situation here is not what you people think it is(pakistan). one day bangladesh may be victimized by america(GodForbid) then you will see what the western media does to your countrys image. im not saying that pakistan has been ultrasafe for the past decade and a half but it has been as safe as it was in the 90s for the past 18 months atleast

Its good to hear that its getting safer. InshaAllah everything will be fine soon. We can wait until then and have the tour. After all "life is more important than cricket or anything". Enjoy your stay here :)

MohammedC
May 21, 2012, 03:55 PM
I have one thing to say.

Stop killing innocent people.

Stop bombing Hotels.

And people will go to Pakistan. As I seriously believe Pakistan is a beautiful country, 99% people want to see those killing stop. They don't want see headlines like another bomb blast in Karachi,Islamabad or any other town.

That 1% or may be bit more is destroying your country.

cornerdtiger
May 21, 2012, 03:55 PM
InshaAllah meanwhile were in the same group for the t20worldcup. cant wait :D

cornerdtiger
May 21, 2012, 03:58 PM
I have one thing to say.

Stop killing innocent people.

Stop bombing Hotels.

And people will go to Pakistan. As I seriously believe Pakistan is a beautiful country, 99% people want to see those killing stop. They don't want see headlines like another bomb blast in Karachi,Islamabad or any other town.

That 1% or may be bit more is destroying your country.

shabnam visited pakistan. she was happy

cricheart
May 21, 2012, 04:32 PM
^
Dont make Looney yourself here, keep posting whatever u feel right. btw who is shabnam? :yawn:

cornerdtiger
May 21, 2012, 04:36 PM
took you long enough to reply...former pakistani legend of an actress now bangladeshi. she was the madhuri of our parents era

firstlane
May 24, 2012, 06:47 PM
shabnam visited pakistan. she was happy

with the killings and bombings?

Zunaid
May 24, 2012, 07:09 PM
I think we need to stop this "I am better than you" tit-for-tat exchange. It is now out of topic.

- Admin

Maysun
May 25, 2012, 03:43 AM
FICA urges Bangladesh to clear BPL dues to players (http://www.espncricinfo.com/bangladesh/content/current/story/566119.html)


http://www.espncricinfo.com/db/PICTURES/CMS/142900/142974.2.jpg
It is learned that the board had asked the franchises to clear all dues by the first week of June © BPL T20

Tim May, the Federation of International Cricketers Associations (FICA) CEO, has threatened legal action if the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) fails to ensure that the players involved in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) held in February have been paid.

In a letter to the BCB president AHM Mustafa Kamal, dated May 19, May urged him to inform the BPL franchises to clear all outstanding dues to the players within five days. Although May 9 was the original deadline for foreign players' payments and May 31 for the locals, it is learned that the board had asked the franchises to clear all dues by the first week of June.

"Whilst we have a communication avenue open, I wish to express, on behalf of the majority of players that recently participated in the Bangladesh Premier League, our continued disappointment that a large number of players, both foreign and local, still have not received their full entitlements from their franchises," PakPassion.net quoted May's letter, as saying.

"The continued broken promises and deadlines is causing great harm to the integrity of the franchises, the Bangladesh Premier League, the Bangladesh Cricket Board, and all of the officials within such organisations."

May warned the BCB of various repercussions if the franchises fail to pay up within the deadline.

"Following the inability of the franchises to meet such deadlines, we demand that the BCB satisfies the guarantees it has agreed to under the player agreements immediately. This applies to all outstanding player fees, both to domestic and foreign players," May wrote.

"If the sums of money are not received by players within 5 business days, FICA will be forced to explore legal routes to recover these monies from the BCB. Additionally FICA will further advise all foreign and domestic players not to participate in any future BPL events."

The letter also quoted part of players' contract in which it was stated that 25% of a player's fee would be paid before February 2, two weeks after the players' auction and a week before the tournament started. The second installment (50% of the player fees) was supposed to be paid on or before February 23 while the rest (25%) was supposed to be cleared "within 45 days of the completion of the players' involvement in the league".

With the delayed payments and all such hassles, I wonder if the second edition will even take place, and if it does will it attract enough for a proper staging!

Jadukor
May 25, 2012, 04:09 AM
I always feared this would happen ever since the auction.

Ian Pont
May 25, 2012, 12:20 PM
BCB Fail to Respond to FICA's Request for All BPL Payments to be Cleared

The furore over the case of overdue payments to players who participated in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) shows no signs of abating in the short run. The first edition of BPL, which ended on February 29th of this year, was greeted with fanfare and hopes for a prosperous future for all concerned.

However, the delay in payments for some of the players is a cause for embarrassment for the organizers and the Bangladesh Cricket Board and it does cast a dark shadow over future episodes of this tournament. May 9 was the original deadline for foreign players' payments and May 31 for the locals and apart from media report suggesting that some Pakistani players may have been compensated, it would seem that scant progress has been made to resolve this crisis.


Given the gravity of the situation, The Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA), headed by Ex Australian cricketer Tim May, have been taking a keen interest in approaching the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and BPL organizers in an attempt to help the affected cricketers in this predicament.

Frustrated by lack of progress in this regard, Tim May has backed up his efforts by an email to the President of the BCB, Mustafa Kamal, in which he threatened legal action on behalf of the players if the BPL did not honor its obligations to the contracted players (Details of the email were shared with PakPassion.net on 19th May, 2012)

The main points that the email which Tim May sent to BCB President Mustafa Kamal were "If the sums of money were not received by players within 5 business days, FICA would be forced to explore legal routes to recover these monies from BCB. Additionally FICA will further advise all foreign and domestic players not to participate in any future BPL events".

The email from May added "We would prefer not to engage the above measures, but I am sure that you can understand that the series of broken promises, mistruths and general aversion to pay these outstanding amounts must cease immediately. We have no doubt that as a person entrusted with Presidency of the Bangladesh Cricket Board that you will take this on personally to ensure all players are paid within the timeline provided above."

With the passage of the 5 day grace period stated by May in his email, it would seem that chances of a legal showdown and embarrassment for BPL organizers is fast approaching. It appears that the BPL and BCB have not entirely cleared the funds due to the players.

Moreover, given the severity of the legal threat implied in the email from Tim May, no official reply or acknowledgement on this matter has been received by FICA from Kamal or the BCB. In exclusive comments to PakPassion.net on this matter, Tim May was scathing about what he perceives as the inability of Mustafa Kamal to honour commitments made by his organization.

"I have not received a reply from Mustafa Kamal to my original email and I have therefore sent a follow up communication to Kamal but that also has remained unanswered. It is disappointing that a man touted as the future ICC President and the current Bangladesh Cricket Board President has such little respect for the commitments that his organization makes and the pronouncements that he has made guaranteeing player payments."

I don't wish to directly comment on something ongoing but given Bangladesh Cricket is attempting to negotiate for a head coach, doesn't this issue hang like an albatross around the neck of everyone concerned?

Things are getting extremely serious, very quickly.

cricheart
May 25, 2012, 03:57 PM
Guys can we have a little flashback here.. Remember how Mushifiq got kicked out for speak against BPL stuff (disorganise, disgrace etc)? now how Kamal gonna stop Tim May's wrath?

http://i1235.photobucket.com/albums/ff430/zsayeed/11_100-1.jpg

cornerdtiger
May 25, 2012, 04:03 PM
The reason why this is sad is not because of the affect it has on foriegn players but the affect on the locals. i mean you could easily see the change in mental strength of the bangladeshi players after bpl in the asia cup coz they always had the talent but lacked the mental aspect. if the bcb had organized bpl well perhaps more foriegners would have participated in bpl2. i feel that would have fast.tracked bamgladesh up the cricketing pecking order maybe overtake new zealand and windies and compete with srilanka. Unless they dont pay up theyre only harming banglacricket. no one else and they appear to be too dumb to realize that

cornerdtiger
May 25, 2012, 04:13 PM
with the killings and bombings?

The news.on sky, fox,cnn,bbc isnt exactly unbiased. i suggest you look for other sources if you want to know the whole picture. or you could go on believing what you want to believe

Tigers_eye
May 28, 2012, 07:53 AM
Payment ki disey?

zinatf
May 28, 2012, 08:11 AM
According to Mushfiq, no body has received any payment yet

MarvinDaMartian
July 24, 2012, 11:08 AM
http://www.espncricinfo.com/bangladesh/content/current/story/573674.html


Half my pay is missing - Ian Pont

The payments issue of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) has been stirred once again with Ian Pont, the Dhaka Gladiators coach during the inaugural season, claiming he has not received half the money due to him. Pont's allegation came two days after the six franchises missed the latest deadline - July 21 - to complete all payments.

"I am personally missing 50% of my contracted amount and others are still awaiting re-imbursement of flights, expenses and original fees," Pont wrote in an email. "Pieces of paper kept being produced showing bank transfers by the franchise, but they never took place. Players and staff have been given a whole host of excuses. Deadlines and promises remain broken.

"The franchise, run by the Chowdhury family, has just stopped communicating. It's not only very sad but totally unprofessional to run a business this way in my view."

However, Gazi Ashraf Hossain, the BPL governing council chairman, said that Pont had received his payment in full, though he wasn't aware of any other clauses in his contract.

"As far as I know, he [Pont] was the highest paid coach in the tournament and already got the full payment of $20,000," Ashraf said. "I don't know if there was a promise of any additional amount in the contract. If such a thing exists, I will still say that our priorities are player payments and tax issues. We will look into his claim afterwards."

In response, Pont wrote another e-mail: "I don't really wish to talk about specific sums as they are and should be private. I can confirm that I have received half the amount stated in my contract. I don't get the obsession with the amounts. If someone is owed a dollar, they are owed money."

Pont also claimed some Dhaka Gladiators' players were willing to boycott their semi-final against Khulna Royal Bengals because they were not being paid. "The overseas players came to me and we had an emergency meeting where it was felt that boycotting the semi-final was a genuine option," he said. "So much money was missing that the guys didn't know what else they could try. But the players did not want to let the BPL down or the fans, which was the right thing to do.

"I am amazed we remained focused enough to win the whole competition and it's a testament to the players - overseas and local - when the only talk was about payments. It was hard to concentrate on the cricket with such an enormous distraction. After all, this is not simply a game for the players and staff, but it is their living."

Pont said he'd like to work in the BPL again but would quit the Dhaka franchise. "I anticipate returning to hopefully win the BPL again. It just won't be with the Shihab Trading Company's franchise. The fact is you cannot have players worrying if they are going to get their money. It just sends the wrong message."

Ashraf was disappointed with the irregular payments after the franchises missed yet another deadline. "We are a little frustrated with the payment issue. It would be nice for us if we could finish the inaugural tournament without any controversies, but still we have five months in hand before the next event to solve all the issues.

"We have got verbal assurance from some franchises. Actually most of the franchises are now focusing on the revenue issue. You know a huge financial deal was involved in the event, so it's not unlikely that they face some setback. I think we are in a learning process which will help us to arrange the next edition smoothly."

When asked whether the BPL would take tough action against a franchise that failed to settle the issue, Ashraf said: "The governing council will review all the things before taking any action. We hope the franchises can understand everything, so we are not in hurry."

BANFAN
July 24, 2012, 10:58 PM
We hope the franchises can understand everything, so we are not in hurry.

What does he mean by we are not in a hurry??

but still we have five months in hand before the next event to solve all the issues.

So, we have five months to solve the payment issue as well??

Lipu has lost his senses or what kind of attitude was he showing here??

Ian Pont
July 25, 2012, 12:23 PM
What does he mean by we are not in a hurry??



So, we have five months to solve the payment issue as well??

Lipi has lost his senses or what kind of attitude was he showing here??

I am pleased that BD fans are starting to realise what is going on. The only reason anyone complains is that they are not being treated properly. Some will be afraid to speak out because they work within BD and do not want to make it awkward for themselves as they are players or coaches.

We are almost 6 months after the event. Mushy spoke out at the beginning. The BPL GC are trying their best to clear things and I applaud this.

The longer is goes on though, the more damage is being done sadly. At some point, the penny will drop.

layperson
July 25, 2012, 10:13 PM
Just saw the news in NTV and it said all franchises have cleared their payments barring dhaka gladiators and duronto rajshahi. Lipu was saying that if they dont clear the dues then BPL will look to replace the two franchises in the next edition.

Jadukor
July 26, 2012, 02:47 AM
What does he mean by we are not in a hurry??





He is following the same time dimension as Shahara Khatun. Remember the 48 hours isn't over yet... so 5 months could be an eternity

Maysun
July 26, 2012, 05:59 AM
Frankly all the franchises should have been dissolved for not respecting the numerous deadlines and reminders. Just shows that BCB isn't stern and doesn't have the guts to take the initiative.

Sohel
July 27, 2012, 12:52 AM
Khoda Hafez BPL, and thank you for the one season stand.

playmaker
July 28, 2012, 12:37 PM
Just saw the news in NTV and it said all franchises have cleared their payments barring dhaka gladiators and duronto rajshahi. Lipu was saying that if they dont clear the dues then BPL will look to replace the two franchises in the next edition.

HMM fair enough. Mushfiqur complained and so did many of those involved with Dhaka gladiators.

This two franchises should be scrapped and they should let my para team participate :drool:

BANFAN
July 28, 2012, 09:02 PM
He is following the same time dimension as Shahara Khatun. Remember the 48 hours isn't over yet... so 5 months could be an eternity

Like: [বাংলা]স্বরাষ্ট্রমন্ত্র র ওয়াদা[/বাংলা] (http://bangla.bdnews.com/news/18109) .... ?? :)

NoName
July 30, 2012, 01:34 PM
So much for BPL season 2.

Crisis
July 31, 2012, 08:06 AM
So much for BPL 2. Disappointing that because of some companies, our cricket couldn't improve

Ian Pont
July 31, 2012, 11:07 AM
We all know how the BPL helped BD do so, so well in the Asia Cup.

The guys spent a month playing and training on their skills in a highly competitive environment, against international players. The BPL is therefore a cricket gold mine for the BCB. It is one of the things that should be protected, enhanced and invested in.

It makes no sense to P*** off every player, coach or investor.

BengaliPagol
July 31, 2012, 02:50 PM
clearly it is valuable but i dont know if many international players will play in BPL after this payment issue that has been going on for a while.

cricheart
July 31, 2012, 03:15 PM
IMO over-commitment & over-paying certain players like Afridi, Gayle, Hodge etc is the core reason for this "disorganised" BPL disaster. Such high ambitious league based on an experimental business model go running in short notice with some franchises like those optimistic seasonal traders plays business with fake $ figures, yep in near future it will become a case study in those financial accademic assignments like, why/how BPL failed.

Naimul_Hd
July 31, 2012, 09:02 PM
IMO over-commitment & over-paying certain players like Afridi, Gayle, Hodge etc is the core reason for this "disorganised" BPL disaster. Such high ambitious league based on an experimental business model go running in short notice with some franchises like those optimistic seasonal traders plays business with fake $ figures, yep in near future it will become a case study in those financial accademic assignments like, why/how BPL failed.

Sad but very true. :up:

F6_Turbo
August 1, 2012, 05:30 AM
The NBR has seized bank accounts connected to the Dhaka Gladiators because they failed to pay taxes to the tune of BDT2.5Crore

playmaker
August 1, 2012, 07:26 AM
This DG teams should be kicked. Bring in some other team

Naimul_Hd
August 1, 2012, 07:58 AM
The NBR has seized bank accounts connected to the Dhaka Gladiators because they failed to pay taxes to the tune of BDT2.5Crore

Seriously, what were they smoking when they bought Afridi for $700,000 ?

F6_Turbo
August 1, 2012, 08:49 AM
Seriously, what were they smoking when they bought Afridi for $700,000 ?

tbf they always knew he was going to at best play a couple of matches...so while his bid price might have been 700k his actual payout would be a fraction of that.

Naimul_Hd
August 1, 2012, 09:52 AM
tbf they always knew he was going to at best play a couple of matches...so while his bid price might have been 700k his actual payout would be a fraction of that.

Even though...fraction of 700k is not a joke when the base price was 100k and they should have known their financial position before going for such huge amount.

Ian Pont
August 2, 2012, 02:50 AM
Thursday, August 2, 2012Sports

BPL Tax Issue
Shihab Trading's accounts frozen
Star Report
In a bid to realise the overdue taxes, the National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday asked banks to block all the accounts of Shihab Trading, which had the ticket-selling rights of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 cricket tournament.

However, the decision was taken only to realise the taxes from the organisation, which had bought the ticket-selling and distribution rights for Tk 45 crore.

The money-spinning BPL took place in Dhaka and Chittagong in February this year and the first edition created huge enthusiasm among sports lovers in the country and the meet saw full houses, except for a few games, throughout.

The NBR has also asked the Game On Sports Management (GOSM), which had earlier bought the rights of the BPL for six years at a price of 44.33 million dollars, to submit documents proving by next week that it too deposited taxes on prize money for champions and runners-up teams by deducting taxes at sources.

"As per rules, Shihab Trading should pay 5 per cent of ticket selling earnings as tax which it did not do," said Kanon Kumar Roy, who heads the team formed by NBR to collect the BPL taxes.

Roy said Shihab Trading was supposed to pay Tk 2.25 crore in taxes, but Shihab Trading claims that the amount is Tk 2.16 crore.

"Even after insisting to its own estimate, Shihab Trading did not pay any taxes. That's why we have asked banks to freeze all accounts," said Roy, also the director general at the Directorate of Inspection (Taxes).

The NBR action came as payment of taxes by stakeholders of BPL, including its six franchises, stands much less than its estimate of nearly Tk 20 crore from transactions under the BPL tournament.

So far, six franchises and other firms involved in the tournament paid only Tk 3 crore as taxes, insiders said.

The NBR formed the team in early February to monitor all financial transactions -- thought to be hundreds of crores of taka -- to ensure that all taxes were going to the state coffers.

As per rule, each franchise was supposed to deduct 25 per cent tax against payment to foreign players and 10 percent in case of local cricketers. Some five percent tax on the value of each bid auction was also was supposed to come.

Shihab Trading bought the rights to sell tickets from GOSM for Tk 45 crore

F6_Turbo
August 2, 2012, 10:59 AM
Local news reporting that

BPL outfit Chittagong Kings have cleared all outstanding player payments

Hopefully this is accurate, and that others do the same asap

F6_Turbo
August 2, 2012, 11:20 AM
http://i48.tinypic.com/bivytz.jpg

akabir77
August 2, 2012, 11:46 AM
well according to this news DG has cleared all its foreign cricketers payments... so he admits that he haven't cleared coaching stuffs payment... and idiot press guy doesn't even ask him that what about coaches and desi players?

http://www.bangladesherkhela.com/index.php?newsID=26782&pageTitle=details&editionID=1677

Dilscoop
August 2, 2012, 04:25 PM
I can assure you, this will NOT happen in MLC >>

akabir77
August 2, 2012, 04:37 PM
I can assure you, this will NOT happen in MLC >>

what is MLC?