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Old February 2, 2013, 06:16 PM
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Default New Zealand Herald: Big Bangladesh bash not all about the cash

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Thousands of fans follow Lou Vincent and his team. Photo / Supplied
As the crowd swarmed the stage, Jacob Oram contemplated his exit strategy. Things looked bleak. There he was, a professional cricketer who had graced the finest grounds in the world and the last New Zealander to score a test century at Lord's, about to be adoringly crushed by thousands of fans at a Bangladesh primary school.

Oram is playing for the Chittagong Kings in the Bangladesh Premier League. The team, led by 'team ambassador' Brian Lara, was visiting a local village. The players sat on a stage for the speeches as security struggled to keep the crowd 5m back. Suddenly fans were milling among the cricketers on the stage.

Such surreal scenes are nothing unusual on the subcontinent. Oram says his initial shock was replaced by the standard mantra: expect the unexpected.
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Bangladesh must be close behind India in terms of support for the game."
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Oram has been paid the majority of his US$110,000 contract up front and says International Cricket Council anti-corruption officers constantly monitor proceedings.
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The job satisfaction is not the same as playing for New Zealand. I watched the South Africa one-day series win and it brought out a fair bit of emotion after so many weeks of turmoil. I'm not sure I'll feel that same rush of playing for my country again but there are other motivations in franchise cricket. There's a real community of T20 players these days. Some might call it a retirement fund but you still do a lot of homework because you want to win.

"That desire doesn't change across cultures. For instance, our captain went off in the dressing room in Bengali after one loss. I had to wait for things to die down and then ask one of the boys for a translation."
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Vincent is another regular in the international T20 community. "We have prayer time before each game. There is this blissful silence for 30s in a team huddle, then we go out and play."

On the flipside, Vincent's team has also been accused of spot-fixing by the Rangpur Riders owners after beating them by nine runs. The Khulna owners slapped a libel suit on them to the tune of $15 million. It's added spice to the competition. Like Oram's dicey school visit, obligations to owners' wishes tend to take priority. Vincent says it's an accepted part of the culture (as it is in the IPL) to return home at 11.30pm from a match, change threads and head to the owner's house for a non-alcoholic dinner party before getting to bed at 2am.
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Both former New Zealand cricketers thrive on the interaction with the Bangladeshi community: "It's third world outside," Vincent says. "Kids begging on the streets, old men hopping past on one leg, holes in the pavement, piles of sand in the middle of intersections with people driving around them, huge loads being transported on the backs of bicycles.

"OSH doesn't exist; it's a matter of survival. Then you walk into a market where there is a sea of beautiful colours and delicate people who humble you with their willingness to help. I never feel threatened in this part of the world.

"Fortunately we get to do some charity work, like at a local blind school [The Foundation of the Differently Abled] where I was presented with a bat which had a charming message of 'best wishes' written on it in braille.

"Our buses are always surrounded by hundreds of people. There's a bit of push and shove but I shake as many hands, pose for as many photos and sign as many bats as possible."
Read more: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news...ectid=10863106
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Old February 2, 2013, 06:19 PM
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Very refreshing contrast amidst the commotion of non-payment saga.
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Old February 2, 2013, 06:40 PM
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Loved the article. A sense of fresh air. Goes to show BPL has a different sense of fulfillment compared to other T20 comps around the world.
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Old February 2, 2013, 06:56 PM
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Thanks for sharing Reverse Swing bhai. Good read, maybe all is not lost after all.
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Old February 2, 2013, 07:12 PM
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But in another news media in Kiwi Land.

Kiwi players wait to be paid Bangladesh league

BEN STANLEY

New Zealand Cricket Players Association chief executive Heath Mills has branded the Bangladeshi Premier League the worst-run operation in world cricket, as reports of unpaid fees continue to dog the young Twenty20 competition.

During the week, Tim May, the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations chief executive, said a large number of overseas professionals playing the league, which began on January 18, had yet to receive any payment for their involvement. Former England representative Owais Shah was the first international to reveal he was still awaiting payment.
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So Mahmudullah does yell at his players after a loss. Good.
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Good read. Thanks for sharing. Where is team may?
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So Mahmudullah does yell at his players after a loss. Good.
That was great to know. He has intent.

Great article.
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Nice refreshing article. Does not harm people pointing out some positive facts about BPL, does it ?

Thanks for sharing.
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Good read. Thanks for sharing.
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Refreshing for a change!
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Great article. Good to read something positive about BPL.
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Life is NOT all about cash! Nice read.

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Mon valo kore deyoa ekti article. Thanks r_s!
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A good friend of mine founded an NGO called Oggro, which many of his former classmates, including myself, are a part of. After considerable correspondence with BPL teams, they were able to become the charity partners of the Khulna Royal Bengals.

Oggro does a lot of work in the field of education for the differently abled, and they were the ones who organised KRB's visit to the "local blind school" in Khulna and gifted the team the bat with 'best wishes' written in Braille - which Lou Vincent reportedly carries around everywhere.

To see photos from their visit to the local blind school, check out Oggro's FB page: http://www.facebook.com/oggroagamirbangladesh?fref=ts

I'm glad they got some publicity And of course, it's great to hear nice things about the BPL
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Old February 6, 2013, 10:46 PM
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Thanks for sharing the Facebook link, Navo!
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Old February 6, 2013, 11:10 PM
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Zadran and Rajib's hairstyle looks so similar!
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