February 28, 2012, 03:44 PM
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BPL a disgrace, says Mushfiq BPL a disgrace, says Mushfiq
BPL a disgrace, says Mushfiq
National skipper Mushfiqur Rahim lambasted the organisers of the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League on Tuesday for putting the country in disgrace after their recent drama with the semi-final spot of now-controversial tournament.
Mushfiq, who led Duronto Rajshahi to a shock eight-wicket defeat at the hand of Barisal Burners, blasted the organisers as he had little idea of who he was going to face in the semi-final until the morning.
Before going to sleep he knew that he would be facing Chittagong Kings in the semi-final but he was completely surprised to know that Barisal Burners would rather be his opponents.
‘Definitely, it is very strange and this kind of thing can happen only in Bangladesh,’ Mushfiq said.
‘It shows how this tournament is organised. It is only possible in Bangladesh and we have taken this as a normal case,’ he added.
‘Definitely, it hampered the image of the country,’ Mushfiq told reporters on Tuesday.
‘The tournament is telecast worldwide and they all understood how disorganised we are.’
‘In the first place, Barisal were told that they would be through in a better run rate if they can win [against Chittagong] and they did that. All of a sudden, it was said that Chittagong Kings are through by virtue of head to head. This is a big disgrace for our country,’ he added.
The wicketkeeper batsman also took a swipe at the franchise regarding the
players’ payment and doubted if this continued to happen, the tournament would not be able to maintain a positive image.
‘As far as payment is concerned, this was a totally disorganised tournament. It is not only for us but for any overseas players who are yet to receive any money.
‘They told us that they would give us 75 per cent before the end of the tournament but that commitment is not kept. We are paid only 40 to 50 per cent of the money,’ said Mushfiq.
‘In the field, we learnt a lot but off the field, activities were not up to the mark. We need to receive some compensation for our hard work and if that is not guaranteed, I have doubts whether this kind players will come and play in the future,’ he said.
Glad Mushy talked about it front of the media. i hope more players do the same.
Lipu should be punished