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Old April 1, 2016, 09:36 PM
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DPL 2015-16 season begins April 20
Mazhar Uddin

The much-awaited Dhaka Premier League 2015-16 season will get underway this month with the players’ draft scheduled for April 10 and the tournament opener slated for April 20.

“Following a meeting of the working committee, it was decided that the players by choice of the DPL will be held on April 10 and the league will begin on April 20,” Bangladesh Cricket Board’s media committee chairman Jalal Younus informed yesterday.

However, ahead of the premier domestic 50-over competition of the country, several cricketers have raised questions regarding the structure of their payment. The frustrated cricketers have openly expressed their disapproval over the players’ draft and instead want a return to the old tradition of the Dhaka League in which they get to choose their own destinations.

The players’ draft came into effect in the DPL 2013-14 season. Although the BCB initially informed that it was a one-off, the board did not stay true to its words as the players have been divided into different grades once again.

“We have revised the players’ category. The Icon players will receive Tk 30 lakh, Grade A+ Tk 25 lakh, A Tk 20 lakh, B+ Tk 15 lakh, B Tk 12 lakh, C Tk 8 lakh, D Tk 5 lakh and E Tk 3.5 lakh. The payment of the players has been increased compared to the previous year. I think the cricketers also know that and are satisfied with it,” said Jalal.

In the 2013-14 season, the Grade A+ cricketers pocketed Tk 22 lakh, A Tk 15 lakh, B+ Tk 10 lakh, B Tk 8 lakh, C Tk 5 lakh and D Tk 2.5 lakh. The Grade E cricketers, meanwhile, had to negotiate with the club officials for their salary.

Jalal added that the fourth edition of the money-spinning Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 will take place this November.

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